Peanut butter balls stuffed with hazelnut covered by chocolate

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened (salted or unsalted)
  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • Melted chocolate, for dipping 
  • Half cup of whole hazelnut
1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, use a handheld mixer to cream the peanut butter and butter together until well combined. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until fully combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
3. Form the batter into tablespoon-sized balls and insert one hazelnut inside each ball, then place on the baking sheet. Chill for at least 20 minutes.
4. Melt chocolate, and dip balls into the chocolate. Let it cool for 30 minutes.

Chicken alla Parmigiana



For The Chicken:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 3 large chicken breasts halved horizontally to make 6 fillets
  • cups  breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic or onion powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil for frying

For The Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 14 ounces (400 g) tomato puree (Passata)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

For The Topping:

  • 8 ounces (250 g) mozzarella cheese sliced or shredded
  • 1/3 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil or parsley


For The Chicken:

  • Preheat oven 430°F | 220°C. Lightly grease an oven tray (or baking dish) with non stick cooking oil spray; set aside.
  • Whisk together eggs, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Add chicken into the egg, rotating to evenly coat each fillet in the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes (or overnight night if time allows for a deeper flavour).
  • When chicken is ready for cooking, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder together in a separate shallow bowl. Dip chicken into the breadcrumb mixture to evenly coat.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Fry chicken until golden and crispy, (about 4-5 minutes each side).
  • Place chicken on prepared baking tray / dish and top each breast with about 1/3 cup of marinara sauce. Top each chicken breast with 2-3 slices of mozzarella cheese and about 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with basil or parsley. 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and melted, and the chicken is completely cooked through.

For The Sauce:

  • Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Fry onion until transparent (about 3 minutes), then add the garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Add the tomato puree, salt and pepper to taste, herbs and one whole carrot. Cover with lid to simmer for about 8 minutes, or until sauce has thickened slightly. Taste test and adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Remove carrot before serving.