Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chicken Parmesan

I made this for the first time one day last week. It was a BIG hit and we will definitely be having it again soon. I looked around for a recipe online, but didn't find anything that had all the elements I wanted, so this is what I came up with.

about 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 packet saltine crackers
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 t oregano
1 t basil
2 eggs beaten
1 cup olive oil
26 oz can spaghetti sauce
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

I started with 3 large chicken breasts. I cut each one in half to make them thinner so that they would cook faster. In a large bowl, crush the saltine crackers and add the Parmesan, oregano and basil. Dip each piece of chicken in the beaten egg and then into the cracker mixture. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. When it's hot, fry the chicken pieces. Do not turn them until the first side is golden brown (too much turning makes the breading fall off). Brown on both sides.
Pour a thin layer of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Set the oven to 350. Place the brown chicken pieces in the baking dish evenly spaced so they are not touching. Pour sauce over the top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. I have a couple kids who will not eat sauce, so I put theirs in a separate pan without any sauce.

Bake until cheese is melted and browned. Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes before serving, the melted cheese will be VERY hot!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tempt my Tummy Tuesday--Apple Dumplings

Several years ago, when in the hospital having a baby, I had one of these. It was so yummy & I've been meaning to make them myself ever since. I bought apples on sale this week for $1 per pound & decided to give it a try.

It is a baked apple wrapped in pie crust. Any pie crust will work, I used a premade frozen one this time. I could also have used the pie crust recipe I use for my apple pie.

If using a frozen crust, take it out of the freezer & let it sit for at least an hour. Preheat the oven to 375.

One crust will make two dumplings. Wash the apples & cut out the core being sure to get all the seeds. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar into the center of the apple. Place 1 T butter in the center of apple. If using premade crust, cut it into 2 even pieces. If using homemade crust, roll out into a traditional pie circle, then cut in half. Wrap the apple in 1/2 circle of pie crust. Use your fingers to smooth it until the apple is completely covered. Place in ungreased pie pan & repeat for additional dumplings. Bake until crust is golden. Let cool for a few minutes & ENJOY!!!

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Tuesday...Hamburgers & roasted red potatoes

Wednesday...Red Beans & Rice w/smoked cajun sausage

Thursday...Bruschetta Chicken (trying this recipe for the first time)

Friday...Chili Verde

Saturday...Homemade Pizza

Sunday...Baked Chicken & baked potatoes

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