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Fried Chicken Parmesan…Wow!

15 Mar

Awhile back, I made Popcorn Chicken Parmesan, which is a quick and easy dish, but yesterday I had more time on my hands, so I made Fried Chicken Parmesan. My recipe is based off Aaron McCargo, Jr. (aka Big Daddy on Food Network).  Big Daddy’s chicken parmesan, while incredibly delicious, is some work. It involves pounding the chicken breast until it is thin, breading, and frying. However, if you have the time, the results are so worth it.

 

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Chicken Parmesan

1 cup thin spaghetti

1 Jar spaghetti sauce

Deli sliced mozzarella cheese

Chicken Breast

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

Flour

Salt, pepper, seasonings

Vegetable oil

 

Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. Mix eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and seasonings (or you can use a packaged chicken breader, such as “House of Autry”) in another shallow bowl. Place chicken breast in a heavy duty zip lock bag and pound it flat. Dredge the chicken through the egg mixture, shaking off any excess, then through the flour mixture.  Place chicken in heated oil, frying approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. While you are frying the chicken, heat the spaghetti sauce in small pan.  Place hot chicken on top of cooked pasta, cover with a slice of mozzarella cheese, and top with the heated spaghetti.  Serve with a vegetable and garlic bread.

The Verdict

Chicken Parmesan is a ton of work to prepare, but the taste is so good!

Heavenly Margherita Naan Pizza

3 Jan

I love pizza, but I really love Margherita Pizza. I have been trying for months to create a margherita pizza at home that rivaled the one that I used to get from 518 West Italian Grill in Raleigh, NC and I finally did it! My kids and I picked up some naan bread while at Wal-Mart to make personal pizzas for lunch today, and while I made traditional cheese pizzas for the kids, I decided to try making myself a margherita pizza.

 

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Margherita Naan Pizza

1 naan bread

Mozzarella cheese (I used sliced mozzarella)

¼ can diced tomatoes

Fresh basil or (Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic)

Garlic Powder

Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 425. Lightly brush the naan bread with olive oil and cover with mozzarella slices. Sprinkle the cheese with garlic powder, then the diced tomatoes. I was out of fresh basil, so  I sprinkled the tomatoes with the Mrs. Dash to give it added flavor and color. Bake on the lowest rack for about 10 minutes.
The Verdict
The Margherita naan pizza was delicious! The crust was crispy, the cheese was gooey, and the tomatoes were juicy. My only disappointment was that I did not make two pizzas!

Grilled Quesadillas

2 Nov

Mexican Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fajita Friday…yep, we like Mexican food in my house! This week I made Grilled Quesadillas, and my husband, who does not normally eat Mexican food, thought they were great. This easy recipe is a great way to use leftover chicken breast.

Grilled Quesadillas

Grilled Quesadillas

4 soft tortillas

1 cup cooked shredded chicken breast

½ cup salsa

¼ cup taco sauce

½ cup shredded cheese
Mix the cooked chicken, salsa, and taco sauce together in a bowl.  Fill half of a tortilla with the chicken mixture, top with shredded cheese, and fold over. Place the folded tortilla on the grill (I used my George Foreman Grill), cooking about 2-3 minutes on each side.

 
The Verdict
Grilled Quesadillas are quick, easy, and delicious! If you like Mexican, this is a yummy at-home alternative to Taco Bell.

 
What about you?
Share your favorite Mexican dishes! My daughter would like for me to make chimichangas, so I would love a great recipe to try.

Kraft Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb Mix – Product Review

23 Aug

Years ago I joined Kraft Foods’ First Taste program to have the opportunity to try new products and, of course, to get coupons. A few months ago, I got a coupon to try Kraft Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb Mix for free, and I am just now getting around to using it. Why did I wait so long?!?  I loved this product! Just see how great my chicken looked!!!

 

Baked Chicken - Kraft Fresh Take Review

 

 

I used the “Italian Parmesan” kit and it was not only easy to use, but it made a great crunchy coating for my chicken breast.  Check out this YouTube video on Kraft Fresh Take.

Not So Sloppy Joes!

28 Jun

Kraft Recipes has a recipe called “Cheeseburger Joes” that I have been making for the past few years. While my husband likes the Manwich Sloppy Joes, I have never liked the canned stuff, so I was thrilled to find a “Joe” recipe that I could easily make myself.

Cheeseburger Joes

My version of Kraft Recipes Cheeseburger Joes.

I followed Kraft’s recipe to the letter, except I used shredded cheese, instead of sliced american cheese.

RECIPE

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
4  hamburger buns
4  KRAFT Singles

BROWN meat in large skillet; drain.  ADD barbecue sauce and ketchup; mix well. Cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. FILL buns with meat mixture and Singles.

The Verdict

Easy dish to make that the kids love.

Cheeseburger Mac – My Kids Love This!

4 Jun

I subscribe to the “Food & Family” Magazine that Kraft Foods produces and they have a recipe called ‘The Cheesiest Cheeseburger Mac‘ that is the basis for my cheeseburger mac. I made a few changes to the original recipe, of course. For starters, I prefer Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese, instead of the macaroni & cheese dinner. Also, I use less beef than the original recipe calls for, it was a little too beefy, and too dry, for me.

Cheeseburger Mac

Cheeseburger Mac

 

RECIPE

1 pkg. Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

1/2 lb cooked ground beef

2 slices American Cheese

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tbsp. mustard

 

Prepare the macaroni & cheese according the package directions. Add the cooked ground beef,  American cheese, ketchup, and mustard. Cook and stir until heated through.   The dish smells like a cheeseburger! My kids love to add more ketchup to the Cheeseburger Mac before they eat it.

The Verdict

This is one of those quick and easy dishes that any mom can make, and it is a great hit with the kids!

Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

21 May

My family loves the baked macaroni & cheese that I usually only make at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lately, the kids have been asking for the dish more often, but I was hesitant to make it due to the work involved. Finally, I gave in, but I compromised…I made Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese.

Baked Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese

Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

1 Box Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

1 Bag Pizza Blend Shredded Cheese (Cheddar/Mozzarella)

2 Cups Milk

2 Eggs

2 tbsp sugar

This was simple to make, just cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and pour hot macaroni into baking dish (do not rinse). Add entire bag of shredded cheese. In a bowl, combine milk, eggs, and sugar. Pour the milk mixture over the macaroni. Make sure the milk comes to the very top of the macaroni, almost covering it. Add  more milk if necessary.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 mins, or until the top is bubbling and starting to brown.

The Verdict


While Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese does not taste like my grandmothers’ recipe that I use at the holidays, it was still VERY good and a nice recipe to have when the kids are craving some comfort food.

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