Today’s post was inspired by a lunch my family shared at Sermet’s in Charleston, South Carolina. Sermet’s, located on King Street is a Mediterranean restaurant with French and Italian inspiration. Today’s recipe was not influenced by a main dish, or dessert, or even an appetizer. It was inspired by the dip that came before the main dish and before we even ordered! It was a simple dip of four ingredients and I was quickly counting in my head the ways to use!
For the dip:
1 cup EVOO
1/2 jar (approximately 8 sun dried tomatoes)
3/4-1 head of garlic (depending on how much you like garlic)
1/2 bunch of basil
Salt and Pepper
Smash, peel, and chop garlic
Add 3/4 of EVOO to pan on medium-low heat and add garlic once EVOO starts bubbling
Sauté garlic approximately 10 minutes, but turn heat down if garlic starts to brown
While garlic is cooking, add the rest of the EVOO plus the sun dried tomatoes and basil to a food processor
Blend until sun dried tomatoes and basil are almost puréed
Add this mixture to the garlic and EVOO sautéing on the stove, and season with salt and pepper
After the dip is made, you can cook with it right away, or store for later. It will keep for about 1 week. I decided to store and made rolled chicken with it at a later time.
1 Chicken Breast
Paprika, salt, and pepper
Preheat oven to 375
Soak skewers in water
Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pound chicken until 1/2 inch thick
After chicken is pounded, season one side with salt, pepper, and paprika
Flip chicken and add a layer of spinach
Next, add a layer of the dip. Since it had been refrigerated for a few days, the dip had thickened. If using for dip, you may have to add more EVOO.
Julienne zucchini and add as your final layer
Roll chicken and secure with soaked skewers
Bake chicken for 25 minutes, or until cooked through
Remove skewers and serve with a side of your choice
I can’t wait to try this dip in other recipes!
If you are in the Charleston area, please stop by Sermet’s at
276 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Have a great weekend and stay hungry…