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Chicken Milanese-Updated

 

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Chicken Milanese is my favorite of all my dishes. The idea of warm chicken on top of a cool, crisp green salad, lightly dressed with lemon juice and olive oil and shaved pieces of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, makes me, well…CRAZY

All Chicken Milanese is, is a breaded chicken cutlet that’s been shallow fried in olive oil. My grandmother had her method, she would dip the chicken breasts in beaten eggs that had been seasoned, and then the chicken would be dredged in Italian bread crumbs.  I’ve updated that a bit.

To make the best-fried chicken, the chicken should be marinated in buttermilk, for a couple of hours or overnight, as a first step. It really tenderizes the chicken and then, of course, a flour or breading would follow.  I’ve decided to use a seasoned Greek yogurt as a first step then follow that up with the breading. It makes the chicken so tender and the spices really permeate the meat. Then I follow up with the breading.

I’m a really big fan of grilled chicken on top of a Caesar salad, so that gave me this idea! I’m using my favorite brand of a creamy chicken Caesar dressing as a marinade for my Milanese. The spices are already in the dressing, and I love the flavor of a Caesar dressing. This will make a great marinade and tenderizer for the chicken cutlets.

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Chicken Milanese-Updated

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: Minimum 2 hours
Total Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: large baking sheet and rack, 12-inch sauté pan, large mixing bowl, vegetable peeler

Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1 pound of chicken cutlets (breasts)
1-16 ounce bottle of creamy Caesar dressing
2 1/2 cups of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup of freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley (2 tablespoons of dried)
2 packages of prewashed mixed greens
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shaved
2 lemons
1/4 cup of *E.V.O.O.
Kosher salt
Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
In a large bowl, marinate chicken cutlets in 1 bottle of Creamy Caesar dressing.

Note: Make sure each on the cutlets is coated on both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the frig for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Line baking sheet with foil and spray rack with non-stick cooking spray.

Remove the chicken from the frig. Pour the bread crumbs into a large bowl, then dredge each cutlet, shaking off the excess buttermilk, into the bread crumbs, again shaking off the excess breadcrumbs from each of the cutlets. Once they’re all breaded, set them onto the baking sheet pan fitted with a rack.

Preheat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Carefully add in the olive oil, tilting the pan away from you. Make sure the bottom of the pan is covered in oil. Once the oil has come up to temperature, ( you can test this by just submerging the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil. If you notice the oil bubbling, surrounding the tip of the handle, the oil is ready.) carefully add the breaded chicken to the pan. Do not overcrowd the cutlets. You may have to do this shallow frying in batches and possibly add more olive oil. Pan fry about 2 to 3 minutes per side, just enough to get a golden brown color on both sides.

Transfer golden brown cutlets back onto the baking sheet fitted with the rack. Transfer the chicken to the oven and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through. The internal temperature of 165-degrees F.

To serve:
Divide the mixed greens onto 4 salad plates. Squeeze about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over each salad. Drizzle each with a couple of tablespoons of *E.V.O.O. Sprinkle each salad with salt and pepper. Using a potato peeler, shave a few shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano over each salad. Top each of the cold crisp salads with 2 of the hot pieces of the Chicken Milanese.  Take the remaining lemon and squeeze some of the juice over all of the chicken. Serve immediately and enjoy!!!

*E.V.O.O. is extra virgin olive oil.

 

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Rotisserie Chicken

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Rotisserie Chicken is a staple in my house. The meals you can pull together, in a pinch, are endless. I’m thinking a cool crisp salad with warm tender chicken on top, YUM! I find it’s a great way to clean out your frig.

In the frig, I’m seeing some seedless green grapes, strawberries, half a red onion, OH, and one of those bags of mixed greens. This is going to work out just perfect. Whenever I”m at the grocery store, I always make sure to bring home a pint of those sweet grape tomatoes. I think I’m obsessed with those babies.

Well,  I need a huge bowl so everyone can join the party. First, the greens, next to the fruit and tomatoes. Wait!, I need something crunchy. I walk to the pantry and what do you know, walnuts, perfect!  A quick chop and right into the bowl with those. Now I’m thinking cheese…,  back to the frig to grab some goat cheese. That soft, creamy, tangy, goodness crumbled all over the top will make this extra special. Now, for the Rotisserie chicken.  I’m adding some warm shredded chicken to the top of the salad. I believe I have a bag of croutons, somewhere,..found them!

A quick and simple lemon vinaigrette dressing to drizzle over the top, a glass of sweet tea and the TV remote. I’d say, this is the perfect ending to a busy day.

 

Homemade Vinaigrette Recipes- Lemon, Balsamic, And Cilantro Lime

 

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Monday Night Football Burgers On Pretzel Buns With Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

 

Monday Night Football Burgers On Prezel Buns With Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Next, to having pizza or wings, burgers are really another great choice to have when you’re watching the Monday night game.

I came across these amazing pretzel buns, at the grocery store. They’ll make the perfect vessels for my burgers. These are my Monday Night Football Burgers On Pretzel Rolls With Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

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Today I’m using ground beef for my burgers. You could substitute, ground pork, chicken, or turkey for this recipe, any choice you make will be delicious.

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Monday Night Football Burgers On Prezel Buns With Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 12-inch cast-iron skillet, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef (80% lean to 20% fat ratio)
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
8 to 10 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of barbecue sauce (favorite brand)
2 tablespoons of grilled steak seasoning blend
2 tablespoons of dried parsley
10 tablespoons of unsalted butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons)
1  cup of Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 large heirloom tomato, sliced thick
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 cups of mixed greens

Ingredients For Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick wedges
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.

Start by adding to a large mixing bowl, ground beef, garlic powder, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, grilled steak seasoning blend, and dried parsley.

Using a fork, mix all the ingredients together without over mixing. You just want everything to be combined evenly through the meat. Gently pat the mixture down into the bowl, using your hands to score the meat into 4 sections. This helps to ensure the burgers are relatively the same size. Take one of the sections, making a nice patty with your hands. Using your thumb push down in the center forming a dimple. This will ensure they will cook evenly.

In a preheated cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, melt and swirl 2 tablespoons of butter all over the bottom of the pan. The objective is to form a nice crust on the outside of both sides of the burgers.

Set all 4 patties into the cast-iron skillet. After about 6 minutes, (these burgers are pretty thick) flip them and add 2 more tablespoons of butter in the center of the pan to help form the crust on the other side of the burger patties. Remember you only flip the burgers one time. Cook the burgers on the other side for another 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the cooked burgers to a sheet pan and cover with foil to stay warm.

Start by covering a sheet pan with foil. Before using the same skillet, take a paper towel and wipe out some of the burnt bits on the bottom of the pan. On medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter swirl the butter all over the skillet. Once the butter has melted add the pretzel buns to the skillet. Allow them to absorb the butter and toast for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the toasted buns to the covered sheet pan. Repeat the process for the remaining two buns.

While the burgers are cooking, rub 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil all over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. In a small mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.

Spread the sweet potatoes wedges onto the baking sheet pan sprinkling them with the seasoning blend, toss to evenly coat all the wedges.  Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, turning them halfway (15 minutes)through the cooking process until caramelized on the outside and fork-tender. Remove the pan of potatoes from the oven, transfer the potatoes to a large serving bowl. While hot, sprinkle the sweet potatoes with Kosher salt.

Set the oven to the broil position:
Evenly divide the shredded Monterey cheese between the four burgers. Place under the broiler to melt the cheese. Keep a close eye on them, 1 to 2 minutes.

I sliced up some of my favorite toppings, mixed greens, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onions. It’s time to build the burgers. Nice toasty buns, delicious perfectly cooked burgers, then the toppings. Finally the roasted sweet potatoes. These are my Monday Night Football Burgers On Pretzel Buns With Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

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