Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.
Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.
This salad contains artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and grilled eggplant in a vinaigrette topped with a hazelnut goat cheese medallion
Carrabba's Goat Cheese Medallions
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
1 5.5-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese (such as Montrachet), cut into 4 equal rounds, chilled
1 large egg, beaten to blend
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped hazelnuts
Place flour and breadcrumbs on separate plates. Coat cheese rounds with flour. Dip cheese into egg, then into breadcrumbs, coating completely. Place on small baking sheet. Spoon hazelnuts atop cheese. Gently press hazelnuts into cheese to adhere. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake cheese until heated through and coating browns, about 6 minutes.
Carrabba's Grilled Eggplant
3 tablespoons olive oil
12 eggplant slices cut 1-inch wide
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Drizzle the olive oil over the slices of eggplant and toss to coat. Grill the eggplants until tender and grill marks appear, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
To finish the dish arrange 4 plates with romaine lettuce, add artichoke hearts and sliced roasted red peppers. Top with the slices of grilled eggplant and a cheese medallion to each plate. Serve with your favorite vinaigrette.