Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Open Faced Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Open Faced Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches
These magnificent sandwiches are made of crunchy, breaded, white meat chicken topped with pizza sauce and gooey, melted mozzarella. Everyone loves them and they are ready in half an hour.  Throw in a side salad and you have an easy, yummy dinner.

Servings: 6-8
Time:  Prep: 5-10 minutes   Cooking:  20-25 minutes
Hardware:  A cutting board and knife, measuring spoons and cups, 3 shallow bowls, a fork, a whisk, a paper towel covered plate, a deep skillet, tongs, foil, a baking sheet

  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast-sliced very thin
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Large loaf of French bread
  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ½ cups pizza sauce
  1. Slice the mozzarella and set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken in half horizontally so that it is thin. Season the chicken on both sides with 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning.
  3. Put the flour in the first bowl. In the second bowl whisk the eggs and milk together until completely blended. In the last bowl, toss together the crumbs and remaining Italian seasoning.
  4. Heat the oil on medium high.
  5. Dip the chicken into the flour and shake to remove the excess.  Dip the floured chicken into the egg and then press it into the crumbs to make sure it is covered.
  6. Fry the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown.  Don’t crowd the chicken.  You may need to cook it in batches. Remove the chicken to the plate.  You can keep it warm in the oven on the lowest setting, while finishing up.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350˚.  Line the baking sheet with foil.
  8. Cut the French loaf in half like a hot dog bun.  Then, in the other direction, cut it in half and half again.  You should have eight bread slices.
  9. Top each piece of bread with 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce.  Top the sauce with chicken.  Top each sandwich with 2 more tablespoons pizza sauce.  Cover each sandwich with 2 ounces of cheese.
  10. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  11. Serve with a side salad.

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