Jan 4, 2011

Informal Dinner for Six

Chicken Parmesan Dinner


Chicken Parmesan
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread
Dessert - Vanilla ice cream balls rolled in coconut with shortbread cookies
Grocery List

2 0r 3 chicken breasts - see below
bread crumbs
paresan cheese
1/2 pound sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
large jar of tomato sauce
1 lb of spaghetti or shape of your choice.
bag of salad greens
salad dressing
garlic bread

Prep: 15 min; Tota; Cook Time: 20 min
Serves 4 - 6
2  (3 if six guests) large whole boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 - 1 1/2 pounds total)
2 cups dry Italian bread crumbs
1/3 up parmesan cheese grated
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Large jar of your favorite tomato sauce

Day before party - To make the cutlets: thin, with the flat side of a cleaver or a heavy skillent pound the breasts until they are approximately 1/4" thick. Cut each breast in half.

Put  the bread crumbs with 1/3 cup parmesan cheese on a flat plate.

Coat cutlets with bread crumbs (press down firmly while coating with bread crumbs).

On medium-high heat, heat  the olive oil. Sautee the breaded cutlets until they are deep golden brown on both sides. Remove to paper towel to drain.

At this point when cutlets have cooled, place in refrigerator in a covered single layer until next day.

Day of Party -  take the cutlets out  of the refrigerator about an hour before warming them. Preheat oven to 350°.  In an oven proof dish lightly cover the bottom of the dish with tomato sauce, place cutlets in a single layer and top with tomato sauce and sliced mozzarella cheese. Bake for fifteen minutes or till heated through and cheese is melted.  Prepare garlic bread according to package directions and keep warm.

Serve with pasta, tossed salad and garlic bread.
1lb (1 box) of cooked pasta will feed 4 people as a main course.

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