Thursday, January 26, 2012

healthy starts at home, vol. 2: cornflake chicken

      $7.09.
     That is how much one measly box of cornflake crumbs cost at the grocery store.
     Given my penchant for a bargain, I refused to buy it. Instead, I marched back to the cereal aisle and got a box of cornflakes. How hard is to crunch up a bunch of cornflakes?

     The recipe I used came from "What Hawaii Likes to Eat," and is attributed to Side Street Inn. Some modifications I made are to add a generous squirt of Dijonnaise to the light mayo I used, and throw in Emeril's Essence seasoning and garlic salt along with the parmesan cheese.
In the oven
      The recipe is also posted here. The suggestion to use a rack instead of a pan to develop an all-around crunchy coating is a good one that I'll try next time. My favorite thing about this version is that many of the people posting comments are literally appalled by the recipe's use of mayonnaise. I don't think people realize that mayo is a quintessentially local condiment. I'm not crazy about it myself, but I've heard of people topping off a bowl of chili rice with mayo ...


     I realized that every dish I've posted features meat (sorry, vegetarian readers!) I was vegetarian for several years in my 20s, and enjoyed exploring the wide world of veggie cuisine. However, when you have a nonagenerian and a carnivorous mom to cook for, there isn't much call for veggie dishes. However, mom was asking about artichoke hearts and what they tasted like, and I have a vegetarian recipe for pasta with artichoke hearts. That might be the way to sneak a veggie meal into my home-cooked meals lineup ...

13 comments:

  1. I've heard about cornflake chicken - but never tried it - this looks SO good :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  2. I have never tried this either :) and we have chicken in the fridge! Looks like I'm going to have to give this a try :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  3. I hope you give it a try someday, Annie! :)

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  4. I hope you give it a try someday, Annie! :)

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  5. I hope you give it a try someday, Annie! :)

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  6. Oooh that artichoke pasta sounds delicious- I'd love the recipe if you make it!
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh that looks so yummy! I'll have to try this one.

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  8. $7.09 for crushed cornflakes? That is insane, I would have done the same as you. Your dinner looks absoltuely yummy :)

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  9. We definitely pay the price of living in "paradise" at the grocery store! I remember that when I first moved in California, I was in AWE of how cheap things were compared to Hawaii.

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