Sunday, July 31, 2005

"Shake and Bake" style coating mix

This makes enough for several dinners, so the salt content per serving isn't as high as you think and is definitely less sodium than the store bought brand. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per roaster or package of chicken pieces. The remainder freezes well. I freeze servings of it in gallon zip lock bags, remove, let thaw a bit, then add chicken and I'm done!

Dried bread crumbs, crushed Ritz crackers or corn flakes, enough to equal four cups
1/3 cup vegetable or Extra Virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
2 teaspoons celery salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced onion
dash of white pepper
1 pinch dried basil leaves
1 pinch dried parsley
2 pinches dried marjoram (or one pinch oregano)
small pinch or two of cayenne (optional)

Handy HOTR Hints:

(1) To make your own bread crumbs - 4 slices bread - bake at 275-300 F. for 25 minutes till completely dry and lightly brown. Break up and put in food processor till all fine crumbs. Makes about 1 cup.

(2) Brigid - what's the difference between a pinch, a small pinch and a dash?

To add a pinch of something as a cooking ingredient. Use your thumb, index finger and middle finger to grab the spice.

To add a small pinch. Use your thumb and index finger only to grab some spice, then add it.

A dash is at least 1/16 but less than 1/8 teaspoon. For me, I just shake one shake of whatever it is into the dish (provided it has the top with little holes, otherwise you don't have a dash of spice you have a dirigible of spice)

(3) you can reduce the salt in this and it's still good, My Dad does a low salt diet since his stroke a few years ago. I reduce the salt by half and replace the celery salt with celery seed and he still loves it.

Directions

Pulverize the crumb source in a food processor or blender til you get the consistency you want (not powder but small enough to adhere). Add in oil and spices with a few quick pulses at the end. If using previously prepared crumbs, just add it all to the bag in the next step and shake well.

Place desired amount to be used in a large plastic food storage bag. Seal bag and shake a couple more times.. Open and add chicken (with the oil you don't need to moisten the chicken) and shake until well coated. (one piece at a time). Place on a lightly greased cooking sheet and bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until golden brown and an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

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