Good Morning Ya’ll!
I hope you’re all having a fabulous morning so far. It’s Wednesday! Which means two more days till the weekend.
Anyone else think it’s sad that I start counting down the days till the weekend as soon as my alarm goes off Monday morning?
Actually I’ve decided that I could probably skip the whole alarm thing, considering my cat wakes me up every morning before I have the chance to wake up on my own. Which leads me to a list:
5 things about my cat
1. He sleeps under the covers. The other night I yelled, “Chris stop it” to which Chris groggily turned around and said “what?” I realized he was two feet away from me and it was the cat that kept pushing me off the bed. We have a king size bed and somehow both of us end up clinging on for dear life, while the cat is comfortably occupying the entire middle area. Under the covers.
2. When he decides he has had enough slumber for the night (usually about 6 hours) he will freak out under the covers until one of us frees him. It’s always nice to be awoken at 5am by a cat that is using your body as a ladder to climb out of the bed. Super nice.
3. Every morning he awkwardly stumbles towards the door then proceed to scratch the CRAP out of the door until one of us lets him out. Also nice at 5am.
4. He plays with the dog. They chase each other around and sometimes the dog will put the cats whole head in his mouth. They have a weird relationship.
5. Geoffrey loves ALL food. He begs for anything you have, like the other day when he wanted my cupcake. As for his own food, he spits 90% of his dry food on the ground. He doesn’t even have the kind of food with the different shapes/flavors, they are all the same little nuggets, yet he only ingests approximately, every 9th piece. Which leads me to picking up soggy kibble off the floor, unless the dog gets there first.
So that’s Geoff for ya. He’s silly and cute and I love that he has so much character.
Okay lets move on from talking about furry friends and get on to a feathered friend.
Chicken, I’m talking about chicken. (read: this post is totally going downhill)
Chicken is one of those ingredients that people have on hand a lot, and it is always a challenge to find something new to do with it. I find that stuffing it is a great way to switch things up a bit.
The stuffing options are endless really.
Being that chicken is so basic, you can really add any flavors that you think go well together. Then bread it or not. You can even use boneless chicken thighs rather than chicken breast, to really bump up the flavor.
Here are some combos that would be amahhhzing:
-Spinach and ricotta
-Butternut Squash Puree and Sage
-Prosciutto and brie
-Cranberry and Goat cheese (wait…what? there is a recipe for that right here in this post? how freakin’ convenient)
Any way you do it, I am sure it will be wonderful.
The panko doesn’t hurt either!
Make this tonight! It’s quick and easy but will really impress whoever you serve it to.
Miss Delish asks:
What combo do you think/know would be great stuffed in chicken?
Do you have a silly animal in your house? Tell me about it!
A delicious and impressive way to dress up chicken!
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 log (5 ounces) soft goat cheese
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (homemade or your favorite store bought)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and have your oven rack in the center position. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Lay out your chicken breasts on a board and cover with plastic wrap, with a mallet, rolling pin or other blunt object, pound the chicken until it is a uniform thickness. You dont' want it paper thin, just so they are an even thickness.
Remove the plastic wrap and season the chicken generously with salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon on about a tablespoon of the cranberry sauce followed by about a tablespoon of crumbled goats cheese, leaving about 1/2 inch border around all sides. Fold in the long sides and then roll up, place seam side down on the board and continue with the remaining chicken.
Now grab three shallow dishes, and in the first add the flour and season it generously with salt and pepper. In the second bowl add the egg and water and whisk to combine. Lastly fill the last bowl with about half of the panko, you will want to refill halfway through breading.
Now grab one of the stuffed chicken breasts and carefully toss it in the flour, shake off the excess and then dip in the egg wash, again being careful to keep it wrapped together. Shake off the excess egg mixture then drop it into the panko and turn to coat, pressing the panko on as you turn. Place the breaded chicken on the foil lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken.
Once all the chicken is breaded, cut the cold butter into small cubes and distribute them over the chicken, this will help the chicken brown while cooking.
Now bake at 375 for about 40-45 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes before serving.