Pan-fried Smoked Cheese & Ham Stuffed Chicken Breasts
in a Creamy Herb Sauce
Next Monday, on the 19th of May 2014, marks the start of Yogurt Week, the UK’s first celebration of all things yogurt! Whether it’s for breakfast on the go, a delicious snack or to use in your favourite recipes, yogurt contains a range of nutrients important for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and is a versatile food staple for all the family to enjoy. With so many ways to enjoy yogurt, the Yogurt Council has launched the first dedicated Yogurt Week, and as regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know, I’m very proud to be working in partnership with Yogurt Week, as well as hosting and judging a FABULOUS Food Styling Competition where you can win £1,000 cash and a one-to-one photo styling workshop in South West France, more about that later!
For my first bespoke Yogurt Week recipe, I would like to go slightly “off-piste” and suggest a savoury recipe; yogurt is amazing in both sweet and savoury dishes with curries being the popular choice for yogurt as a savoury ingredient usually, but the recipe I’m sharing today is for an elegant gourmet dish, Pan-fried Smoked Cheese & Ham Stuffed Chicken Breasts in a Creamy Herb Sauce, where thick Greek style yogurt is the star of the unctuous creamy sauce that accompanies the stuffed chicken breasts.
This recipe is a bit of a star, as the sauce is NOT too rich and yet it has the creaminess that is the perfect match for the stuffed chicken breasts. The yogurt sauce also provides a lovely acidity to the dish, which cuts through the richness of the smoked cheese and ham that is used to stuff the chicken – it is also very well-behaved at high temperatures and is less likely to “split” than fresh cream. This recipe also has the added benefit of being suitable le to freeze at the “stuffed and pre-cooked stage”, making it a friendly recipe for busy cooks!
So, what about this AMAZING competition that The Yogurt Council is hosting? Well, they are looking for a yogurt recipe that has been created, styled and photographed by you, and the prize for the best styled recipe photo wins a whopping £1,000 cash prize and a one-to-one food and photo styling workshop with me in SW France (or London if that’s more convenient). The entry requirements are below:
Are you a budding food blogger looking for a boost? Or perhaps you’re a foodie who loves nothing more than crafting your cooking and food presentation skills for all your friends and family to enjoy? If the answer is yes, then why not get creative with yogurt and enter our ‘Yogurt Week’ recipe and food styling challenge competition to win a £1,000 cash prize.
Not only will you win a handsome sum to treat yourself to new kitchenware, cover a few months’ groceries or even splash out on an indulgent mini-break, scoop the top prize, and you’ll also receive a one-to-one cookery and ‘edible’ food-styling session with Karen S Burns-Booth of Lavenderandlovage.com, at her cookery school in South West France. The win also comes with the kudos of being named the official food stylist for the Yogurt Council. Four runners-up will each receive £100 worth of vouchers for a supermarket of their choice.
How to Enter:
Design and produce a recipe involving yogurt.
Photograph your yogurt-based dish to make it look as attractive as possible.
Share your well-styled recipe on Instagram via the hashtag #yogurtstylist, copying @loveyogurtuk for all to see.
Competition entries must be posted to Instagram before 23.59 on Monday 9 June 2014
Winners will be notified by 23 June 2014 by email where they will receive confirmation of their prize.
Once the winner and runners-up have acknowledged their prizes, details will be announced on Loveyogurt.org/yogurtweek and social media platforms at an appropriate time w/c 23 June 201
£1,000 prize package
One-to-one recipe and food-styling masterclass with Karen S Burns-Booth,editor of Lavenderandlovage.com, to take place at Karen’s cookery school in South West France or if preferred a central London location
Title of “Official Food Stylist for the Yogurt Council” for a period of three months
£100 worth of vouchers for a supermarket of their choice
Food styling shots and recipes showcased on both Loveyogurt.org and the LoveyogurtUK Facebook page
It would be lovely to see some of my readers enter the contest, and in the meantime, PLEASE do give my latest yogurt recipe for Pan-fried Smoked Cheese & Ham Stuffed Chicken Breasts in a Creamy Herb Sauce a whirl, (the recipe is shared below) it would be perfect for a romantic meal for two this weekend or for an alternative family weekend lunch or supper dish. That’s all for today, for more yogurt recipes on Lavender and Lovage, please my previous yogurt week post here: Celebrate Yogurt Week: Create & Style a Yogurt Recipe to win £1,000 Cash Prize Package, have a great day and see you soon, Karen
This recipe was made with part of my Red Tractor Challenge hamper ingredients; some BEAUTIFUL Westin Gourmet chicken breasts. You can see my FULL write-up about the challenge and my other recipe below: