WHEN I FOUND OUT I WASN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE IGNITE.INSPIRE EVENT AT THE WORLD POLICE AND FIRE GAMES, PUT ON BY CHIEF MILLER AND RED FROM RED'S PANTRY TO BENEFIT 555 FITNESS' L.A.CITY FIRE FITNESS GRANT, I WAS BUMMED TO SAY THE LEAST. BUT I KNEW I WANTED TO PARTICIPATE IN SOME CAPACITY, AND BEING THAT TITO'S VODKA WAS ONE OF THE BIG SPONSORS, I SAID WHY NOT USE THEIR PRODUCT IN SOME WAY....AND THEN IT HIT ME! VODKA SAUCE! BUT RATHER THAN MAKE SOME SAUCE AND THROW IT ON PASTA, I WANTED TO SWITCH IT UP A LITTLE. SO I DECIDED TO TAKE A CLASSIC FIREHOUSE MEAL LIKE CHICKEN PARM AND MAKE IT A TOUCH HEALTHIER AND A LOT MORE DELICIOUS!
SO I WHIPPED UP A BATCH OF THIS VODKA SAUCE TO GET RAFFLED OFF AT THE EVENT, ALONG WITH A RECIPE CARD AND SOME F&H CO. SWAG! STAY SAFE, EAT WELL!
GRILLED CHICKEN PARM ALLA VODKA
1 Large Shallot, thin sliced
2 Garlic Cloves, thin sliced
Pinch of Chili Flakes
1/3 cup of Tito's Vodka
1 - 28 oz. Can of San Marzano Tomatoes, crushed by hand
1/2 cup of Heavy Cream
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup of Fresh Basil, torn
Salt, to taste
In a large saute pan over medium heat, add enough olive oil to cover bottom. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and chili flake, stirring often, until garlic is light golden brown.
Add the vodka and cook until almost completely evaporated.
Add the crushed tomatoes, stir often and cook until reduced by about half. Add the heavy cream, stir and cook just until incorporated. Remove from heat, taste and adjust seasoning. Add torn basil.
Spoon over grilled chicken, top with sliced fresh mozzarella. Broil until cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.