This is a guest post from my husband, Ben. Periodically, he has agreed to share some of his favorite recipes with you in a guest post column entitled One Tablespoon Testosterone, or OTT for short. Enjoy!
Ah, Italian food. The stereotypical style for dinner dates. I have no problem with that, and evidently neither does my wife. So on this past Valentine’s Day, I decided to make her some Italian food. For those of you who are regular readers of her blog, you understand that it is no easy task to cook for someone like her. The standards are high, and I have to be at the top of my game to please (okay, that may be an exaggeration, she is pretty appreciative of the mere fact that she doesn’t have to cook for a meal). But I enjoy the occasional kitchen adventure, so rather than just take her out to some overcrowded restaurant, I decided to have one of those adventures.
Chicken Parmesan [from Eat Live Run]
- 4 chicken breasts halves, beaten into oblivion (okay fine, pounded)
- 2 c Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c flour
- 1/4 c milk
- 1 c shredded mozzarella
- 2 oz pepperoni
- 1/4 c parmesan cheese
- 1 jar marinara or pasta sauce
- 1/4 c canola oil
- spaghetti or fettuccini noodles, cooked
As always, begin by preheating the oven. In this case, to 450 degrees. Combine the eggs and milk in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, spread out the bread crumbs. In yet another shallow dish, place the flour. Arrange the dishes in a neat little line. After pounding the chicken breasts (don’t go overboard or it’ll break into small pieces), dunk one breast at a time in each dish, starting with the dairy blend (not to be confused with store brand yogurt) and so on and so forth. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken breasts in the oil and fry them until they are delicious-looking golden brown and cooked through. Drain the chicken of any excess moisture (if there is any, I had no need for it). Lay the fried chicken breasts in a greased casserole dish. Smother them in the pasta sauce, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses. Last, but certainly not least, place the pepperoni on the top. Bake for 15 minutes and serve with spaghetti or fettuccini noodles. Enjoy.
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