Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Parmesan Crusted Chicken / Salisbury Steak

I have been off work for the past 2 days and have been cooking up a storm. 

 Tuesday dinner was 
Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Fresh green beans and biscuits.  

It was so good and here it is!!!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 1/4 tsp. garlic salt, divided
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan 
2 tablespoons melted butter
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup shredded provolone cheese

For the ranch spread, mix 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and ranch dressing. 

For the Parmesan Crumb topping, mix bread crumbs, 1/4 tsp. garlic salt, shredded Parmesan and remaining grated Parmesan.  Mix together with the 2 table. melted butter.  Mixture needs to be evenly moist.

Sprinkle both sides of chicken with remaining garlic salt.  Place in large non-stick skillet with oil.  Cook 6 - 7 minutes on each side.  Chicken should be golden brown.

Transfer cooked chicken to oven safe casserole dish.  Spread each breast with ranch spread, top with provolone and Parmesan crumb topping.  Place chicken under broiler until cheese melts and crumb topping begins to turn light brown.

Scalloped Potatoes

Melt 3 tablespoons butter and saute 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion.  Stir in 3 tablespoons flour until blended.  Cook and slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups milk.  Season with 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and a dash of cayenne pepper.  Cook sauce until it is smooth and boiling.  Reduce heat and add 8 oz. grated sharp cheese, 3/4 cup finely chopped green pepper and a small jar pimento.  Butter a 2 quart casserole dish and fill it with alternate layers of potatoes (4 cups thinly sliced potatoes) and sauce.  Bake at 350 for 2 hours.  Cover for the first 1/2 hour.

These potatoes have been in my family for years.  They are so good. 

Fruit Salad for Dessert

Fruit Salad

1 pound Strawberries, quartered
1/2 pint blueberries
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 pineapple, cubed
1 bunch grapes
2 tablespoons dry instant vanilla pudding mix

I did not use blueberries or raspberries,  my grandsons do not care for them.

Mix together and ref. overnight.

So GOOD!!!!!

Now for tonight's dinner:

Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Corn

This was easy, and so down home cooking.

Salisbury Steak

1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or Sirloin
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper.  Shape into oval patties.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown both sides of patties and pour off any grease.

In a small bow, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth.  Mix ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder,  Pour over meat in skillet.  Cover.  Cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

I would recommend not using but half of the recommended ketchup.

This was so good and the steaks were so tender.

Fried Corn

4 tablespoons butter
1 can corn, drained
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
Black Pepper

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter, when the butter is foamy add the corn stirring to coat.  Cook stirring constantly for 1 minute.  Add the sugar and cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Increase heat and add heavy cream - continue to stir so corn won't stick.  Add salt and pepper.  Cook until most of the cream has absorbed, about 3 - 5 minutes.  Serve hot!!!!!!

Now, lets not forget our dessert.

Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
Cream peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar until creamy.  Add milk, vanilla and egg.  Mix well.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.

I press mine with a meat mallet, most people use a fork/  I also roll my dough in sugar before baking.

Bake at 375 on ungreased baking sheet for 7 - 8 minutes.

These are so good.

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