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Friday, February 18, 2011

What's For Dinner?

Dinner tonight is Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Parmesan Red Potatoes.  I guess I was on a Parmesan cheese kick.  This is a pretty simple meal to prepare with tons of flavor.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Egg, beaten
Plain bread crumbs
Grated Parmesan cheese
Oil or butter for frying

Dip chicken breasts in beaten egg.  Coat with a mixture of half bread crumbs and half cheese.  In a skillet, brown chicken in oil or butter.  Do not turn too soon; breading will break apart.  Transfer to a baking dish.  Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for approximately one hour.  Chicken will be crispy, juicy, tender, and very flavorful.

Parmesan Red Potatoes
Red potatoes, any size
Grated Parmesan cheese

Wash potatoes, do not peel.  Slice in half, lengthwise.  There are two ways you can prepare this dish.
1.  Melt a couple tablespoons of butter in a baking dish that would best fit the number of potatoes you have.  Liberally sprinkle cheese over the melted butter.  (The cheese should not melt into the butter; there should be enough that you can easily see it on top of the butter.)  Place potatoes, cut side down, on top of cheese.
2.  In a frying pan, melt a couple tablespoons of butter.  Liberally sprinkle cheese on top of the butter.  Place potatoes, cut side down on top of cheese.  Fry until brown.  Pour remaining butter into a baking dish.  Transfer potatoes to the dish, cut side down.  Both methods will yield similar results but this one will yield crispier potato tops.

Cover baking dish.  Bake at 325 for approximately one hour. 

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