One of my favorite blogs… Dinner, A Love Story released what is becoming one of my favorite books. I’m calling it a book and not a cookbook because it has (so far) been so much more than great recipes. It’s a story. A story about a family working to eat dinner together AND enjoy it. Bringing the love back to the table. Something I desperately try for in my house.
One of the key things that had me hooked on this book was the background of Jenny and her husband Andy. They are not trained chef’s. They are people who figured out that when you start the adventure of marriage, making noodles or cereal for dinner just won’t cut it anymore. Then when you add in children, well hell everything changes then. Secondly, she says that children three and under are not meant to be good table companions. Phew, people. Phew.
So once I read the first few pages I gave myself a little challenge. I am going to work my way through this entire book, recipe by story and story by recipe. And lucky you, you get to come along for the ride. My goal is to make one recipe a week. I honestly don’t know how many recipes there are in the book, guess I should figure that out. But it’s kind of like reading the last page of the novel. I’m just going to go with it!
First up, Breaded Chicken Cutlets.
- Olive oil (a few glugs and more as needed)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Plain bread crumbs
- 1 1/4 chicken breast, rinsed, patted-dry, and pounded like-crazy (it actually says ‘pounded like-crazy in the book!)
The oil is for the frying. The eggs, flour, and bread crumbs for the coating and each should be on its own plate for dredging the chicken.
I don’t own a ‘pounder’ but my trusty-neighbor did. They suggest pounding one chicken breast at a time between wax paper. This method didn’t work for me — or I did it wrong, likely. The wax paper just ripped. But I got the job done, the goal being that the chicken is all the same 1/3 inch think.
Once you’ve pounded the chicken, you may need to cut it into smaller pieces. This also made it easier to serve. Coat first in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs..
Fry each piece in the oil for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Don’t rush and don’t over crowd the pan. Add oil as you need to to fry the rest.
Short people were happy! Babe was happy! I was happy! It was easy and delicious! Just like she said it would be!