1/28/15

0 Cupid's Arrow Appetizer

 

Need a quick and easy appetizer for a Valentine's get together?

These Cupid's Arrows will fit the bill!

All you need are grape tomatoes, any type of cheese ( I uses Swiss) and some round toothpicks.

Cut the grape tomato with a serrated knife on a slight diagonal.


Flip one of the cut halves 180 degrees, keeping cut halves together.

Stick a toothpick into the tomato, and put cut cheese pieces on each end.



Easy, huh?

Enjoy!


1/23/15

0 Longhorn Steakhouse Parmesan Crusted Chicken


Have you ever had a meal at a restaurant that you kept thinking about days, even weeks later?

This Parmesan crusted chicken from the Longhorn Steakhouse was so memorable, I had to search for a recipe and create it at home.  It was served with a spicy citrus rice pilaf, which I have yet to make.

This garlicky, cheese-y, ranch flavor infused chicken is so tender and the crunchy Parmesan topping really makes this recipe so darn good.  My entire family enjoyed it and requested that it be part of our regular rotation.

Rather than pound the Costco sized boneless chicken breasts into 1/2" thickness, I opted to slice the partially frozen chicken horizontally in half. Cooking or grilling a thinner slice of chicken is much faster.

The chicken breasts are then marinated in a mixture of ranch dressing, oil, garlic and other spices for at least 2-3 hours.  I love using my Foodsaver to marinate/tenderize my meats in 20 minutes flat.


The marinated chicken is then grilled for 12-15 minutes total.  You can also cook this chicken using your oven broiler.


If you can, please, please, use the REAL grated Parmesan cheese. Not the stuff in the green plastic bottle: Parmigiano Reggiano - 1 Pound I keep my Parmesan cheese in the freezer, always ready to use.

You can make your own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing or buy it in the bottle. This is always a good choice: Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing, 16 Fl Oz

Parmesan Cheese & Ranch Dressing

Each chicken breast is topped with a spread of grated Parmesan cheese and Ranch dressing, then topped with shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese...


The next layer uses extra crunchy panko bread crumbs (I like Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs 2 Pound Box) and a mix of garlic, melted butter and more Parmesan cheese.


Place the prepared chicken under your broiler and watch it carefully.  You want it bubbly and golden brown.

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet

You then will be rewarded with the BEST Parmesan chicken you and your family has ever tasted!



Parmesan Ranch Crusted Chicken
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