Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oven Fried Chicken Parmesan

Oven Fried Chicken Parmesan


2 garlic cloves - crushed

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 cup Italian bread crumbs

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon basil

½ teaspoon oregano

dash garlic powder

dash onion powder

1/8 teaspoon pepper

salt to taste

4 to 6 chicken breasts – pounded thin


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the 2 crushed garlic cloves.
  3. Remove butter from heat and allow it to cool in a shallow dish.
  4. In another dish combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  5. First dip the chicken into the butter and then coat it in the bread crumb mixture.
  6. Arrange the chicken 1 layer deep in a greased large, shallow baking pan.
  7. Drizzle evenly with remaining melted butter.
  8. Bake uncovered, 25-35 minutes until 165 degrees, or fork tender and golden brown.
  9. Serve with pasta and tomato sauce and top with freshly chopped tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Quick Pretzels

These are really quick and delicious out of the oven - no need to wait for the dough to rise! They don't hold so well so eat them up quickly!!

Quick Pretzels


1 ½ cups warm water

1 package dry active yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

4 cups flour (2 white and 2 wheat if you prefer a healthier option!)

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten mixed with 1 Tablespoon water

coarse salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Add yeast to water and sprinkle with the sugar.
  3. Wait until the yeast proofs and then add the flour and salt.
  4. Knead for 3 minutes. Dough will be smooth and elastic.
  5. Shape into pretzels of the same size.
  6. Put on a cookie sheet, brush with beaten egg and water mixture and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.