Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dinner and Vine: Skillet Chicken Parmesean

Dinner and Vine: Skillet Chicken Parmesean: "This is one of my families favorite go to recipes if we need to eat and be out the door fast! I must be in comfort food mode with the temps..."

Skillet Chicken Parmesean

This is one of my families favorite go to recipes if we need to eat and be out the door fast!  I must be in comfort food mode with the temps getting cooler.  This recipe is sure to warm you up!  Coming soon, add more wine to your dine, look for wine pairings in my next blog. 

4 skinless boneless Chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
1/3 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 cups favorite spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

*washed and dried baby spinach (optional)

Flatten chicken breast halves to 1/4 inch thickness between plastic wrap or in zip plastic bag.  Mix bread crumbs and Parmesan Cheese.  Dip chicken in egg then coat with bread crumb mixture.  Heat oil in 12 inch skillet over medium heat until hot.  Cook chicken in oil 10 - 15 minutes turning once until the juice of the chicken is no longer pink.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over chicken and add pasta sauce.  Cook over low heat 2-3 minutes or until sauce is hot and cheese is melted.  Serve over hot pasta.

If you want to add some more veges to your meal, you can pile spinach on the hot pasta followed by the chicken and sauce.

Last two minutes of cooking time

Dinner is served!  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Let the Blogging Begin!

I love to cook...and drink wine and have been looking for a forum to share some of my families favorite recipes and food pairings.  I have toyed with putting them up on FB but have recently been told that an ant can blog.  Well, if it is easy enough for an ant....here I go!  By request, my first recipe is...

Pizza Meatballs (I got this recipe from Vera Mathson, my mother-in-law)

1 lb. ground beef                               1 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. milk                                         2tbs.  minced onion
1tsp. garlic salt                                  1/8 tsp. pepper

4 oz packaged mozzarella cheese cut in 12 bite sized cubes
3 tsp. all purpose flour                     2tbs. olive or canola oil

1 12-15 oz jar of pizza sauce
4 cups hot cooked rice (this recipe is also good with crusty bread)

In medium bowl, mix first 6 ingredients, shape into 12 large meatballs.  Gently push 1 cube of mozzarella cheese into the center of each meatball.   Close the meatball around it.  On waxed paper, coat each meatball with flour.  Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Once oil is heated, cook meatballs until browned on all sides.  Spoon off fat.

Add pizza sauce to meatballs in skillet, heat to boiling.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer10 minutes.  Serve on rice or crusty Italian bread.     

Wine Note: This recipe would go very nicely with a fruity, medium bodied California Merlot or a spicy, bright medium bodied Nebbiolo.