Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Ciabatta and Mozzarella Cheese sticks with Borlotti Beans !

In my house the second most popular food is Italian food...yes first is Indian ! few weeks back, well actually in March, I saw this recipe in our local supermarket's food magazine ASDA...when I saw it I knew that my family will love I didn't waste any time and rushed to the shop and bought all the ingredients and made it..we all loved it..:) So what is this dish? well you can serve it as a light lunch or tea time snack or just have it whenever you feel like it, there is no hard and fast rule...This dish is full of flavour and looks very impressive on the table....also very healthy too !

Ciabatta (Italian pronunciation: [tʃaˈbaːta], literally "carpet slipper") is an Italian white bread made with wheat flour and yeast. The loaf is somewhat elongated, broad and flattish. It's name is the Italian for slipper. There are many variations of ciabatta.

Ciabatta was invented in 1982 [1]. Since the late 1990s it has been popular across Europe and in the United States, and is widely used as a sandwich bread.

A toasted sandwich made from small loaves of ciabatta is known as a panino (plural panini).(Source Wikipedia) more info on Ciabatta see here and here

Borlotti Beans Facts:
Borlotti beans are also known as cranberry beans or French horticultural beans

Borlotti are popular in Italian and Portuguese cusine

Borlotti beans have a nutty flavor and creamy texture

Turn a light brown when cooked and lose their bright colors

Substitutes: tongues of fire beans, cannellini beans, Great Northern or pintos

Excellent in soups and stews, as well as cold bean salads. more info see here

You will need:-
  • 2x 125 g balls Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • 100 ml Olive oil
  • 1 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1x 290g can borlotti beans
  • few basil leaves roughly torn
  • 1 small bag of Rocket salad (I used mixed salad)
Drain the mozzarella, slice each ball in half, then slice each half into four.  Cut the ciabatta into 20 chunks.  Starting and ending with the ciabatta, thread ciabatta chunks and 4 cheese pieces alternating on to 4 Skewers.  Set aside on a baking tray and preheat the grill on high.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Fry the onion over a gentle heat untill softened, then add the garlic, lemon zest and juice, 3 tbsp of oil, the beans and basil.  Heat through.
Drizzle each skewer with the remaining oil and grill for 1 minute on each side.  Serve on a layer of salad with warm beans.(If using wooden skewers, soak them in water to prevent them from burning) and enjoy !!

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  1. You and I have that in common. I love Italian next to Indian. Then everything else. Love the idea of bread on a stick along with the cheese. Lovely dear!
    How are your eyes by the way? Did you freak out when they did Lasik on you?

  2. wow these eye catching skewers look tasty and devine.Love the collage.Great stuff.

  3. Hey girls you were quick..:)
    @CL,tell you the truth no...somehow I had a trust on my doctor..I didn't feel anything that time..
    @Naina,you were the thought me that! thanks..glad you like it..

  4. The Photos looks so professional.. Well done Jagruti

  5. wow these eye catching skewers look tasty and divine.looks very colorful and delicious.

  6. Jagruti, thanks for introducing 2 blogger friends, will check their blogs right now. And, I love these skewers of bread and cheese and then grilling them, great one :)

  7. OMG..this looks too good..very very inviting..

    Kairali sisters

  8. nice recipe.. very different too..

  9. Love the recipe. May try it out with BBQ as well!! Love the collage of pictures.

  10. Jagruti,
    These bread and cheese skewers look very delicious.Nice pictures.

  11. I'm a big fan of Italian food too....bread and cheese is always a winner!

  12. Looks so fresh and filling...
    Nice presentation dear.

  13. Dear,
    Very brave of you to drive all by urself. I couldn't sleep the previous night cause of a bad cause of jitterbugs. And i almost jumped out of the operation bed when they brought down that machine that was going to slice my eye like chips..It was freaking scary. Even worse than delivery pain.
    Anywayz good to know that you have 20/20 vision.So do I.But I think I looked much better with glasses. It aslo hid bags and

  14. Hey JAGS, thats so so sweet...thannnxxx a ton dear , for being a darling:-)))

    Am so flattered with ur message!!

    Ahh, italian food beckons us too bt i love how creative and innovative ur !!
    Ok , so many people found that recipe am sure, but none as close to this!!!
    Am so so so Hungrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy......
    Thanxx for the tip on the rolling pin , i thought about the first one too, but liked the second one coz of lenght!
    I mean wont it make cookie rolling easier??

  15. Thats a refreshing and tempting and lovely collage :)

  16. Thisis a nice recipe...thx for sharing with alll

  17. Yummy.. perfect for the summer .. nice clicks as well...

  18. I am a big fan of Italian food too, and this is just yummmm platter :)) Love it !!

  19. Jagruti,

    Nice ciabatta with mozzarella cheese. Skewers making it more appealing.

  20. Wow looks so yum Jags...lovely pics

  21. Nice recipe.. and good pics too...

  22. Lovely and delicious.. Love the way u arranged it..

  23. Oh dear, I love ciabatta and mozzarella cheese. Your sticks are delicious and very tempting. Greedy idea, bye bye

  24. Wow! That looks so good, very healthy and comforting dish.

  25. Skewers looks fabulous, cheesy and irresistible, beautiful clicks and collage...very tempting sticks!

  26. Wonderful and gorgeous dish. Looks delicious, spicy and yummy.

  27. Oh my my Jagruti it looks so chic I feel like having a bite right away. looks so professional and great idea too. love it. between how are you now?

  28. Bread and cheese skewers looks very very inviting..Love the recipe,absolutely delicious and lovely collage..superb.

  29. Something new to me..may be becoz i am not a fan of Italian foods ,but lov Italian Desserts,looks good..

  30. Looks delicious. I haven't heard about barlotti beans. A picture of it will be appreciated. Looks very colourful and fulfilling :)

  31. Hi Jagruti,
    You are a sweetheart. Thanks for everything.
    And Italian food!! I miss UAE for all these foods.
    As everyone said, you are a professional chef :-)
    Lovely pictures.

  32. love this italian cibatta bread and mozarella cheese..that looks perfect and delicious..yum!

  33. Hey wow wat a beautiful pics...too good and this italian dish is awesome one...

  34. Cheese and Bread Skewers looks delicious..liked the collage so much..

  35. I also love Italian food next to indian. These bread and cheese skewers look tempting!

    By the way, I did tell the "Sun" to visit the UK. Enjoy the sunshine :-)

    Have a lovely weekend! Take Care!

  36. hey jagruthi...itz like a wonderful treat to my eyes n wonderstuck dish for my stomache...itz hungry time 4 me to have this from the pretty click itself...truely droooooolling me ....


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