As an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador, I was recently given the assignment to host a dinner party with some products from Barber Foods. Like many cooks here on AR, I am largely
a “scratch” cook so I was a little puzzled & concerned at the prospect of doing a dinner party with a frozen food item.When I cook for company I really like to dazzle them with my creativity. The idea of a pre-prepared main course challenged all my cooking
Now I have to admit that I did a trial run by preparing two of the products. I did the Cordon Bleu and the Chicken Parmesan. Guess what......I liked it. I really, really
liked it! (Oops sorry...starting to sound like an Academy Awards speech) Now the challenge was on. I needed to make a dinner I would be proud to serve my guest. Further, I wanted my guests to have no idea they were being served a frozen entree. My next personal
challenge was to make this a company worthy dinner in under an hour. SUCCESS!
So here is how I did the Chicken Parmesan dinner for 6 in under an hour. BTW if you didn't do the dessert, you could plate this and serve in 45 minutes.
Pull the chicken breast packages out of the freezer and preheat the oven as directed on the package. Unwrap breasts and put on a baking sheet.While oven is preheating.
Grab the loaf of artisan bread I bought at the supermarket bakery and wrap tightly in foil.
Open a jar of your favorite marinara and heat in a saucepan over medium (or whatever temperature doesn't burn your sauce)
Put a head of romaine lettuce in my salad spinner and wash in the sink. Spin dry.
Throw the chicken and the bread (separately) into the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.
Chop romaine into bite size pieces. Chop an avocado or two. Chop a large tomato. Chop some Kalamata olives. I divided these ingredients between individual salad plates,
but you could throw it all in a big bowl and serve it family style. Grab a bottle of Creamy Italian dressing and a bag of croutons and your salad is ready to go.
Open 2 rolls of prepared Polenta and cut into ½ inch slices. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of butter to a large skillet & melt over medium heat. Add slices
of polenta and lightly brown on each side. (about 5 minutes per side) I left these on simmer to keep them warm while the chicken finished.
Grate a cup of parmesan or to make it even quicker, just measure a cup of canned parmesan cheese.
Open a bottle of good red wine.
When the timer goes off, remove the chicken and the bread from the oven. Let chicken rest for about 5 minutes. While chicken rests, start plating. Put two or three slices
of polenta on the dinner plate. Ladle some marinara over the polenta. Slice the chicken breast. (either in ½ inch slices or just in half to show the pretty filling) Sprinkle parmesan on the polenta and chicken. Throw a piece of basil or parsley on the plate
to make it “purdy” LOL
DONE.... 45 minutes flat! Now who doesn't wish they could get something done in a hurry that impresses. And please......I know some of you are food purist, but almost everyone
needs to use shortcuts where they can. I am sure if we thought about it we could find many shortcuts, from boxes to cans or out of the freezer. We all use those tools at one time or another.
Now here is the optional dessert that I made from Allrecipes Brand Ambassador Milly Suazo. (and NO she didn't ask me to make this...it just looked good and easy) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-cheese-flan-flan-de-coco-y-queso/detail.aspx<
I made this dessert early in the morning and it took about 15 minutes to assemble. It did have to bake, but I got in the shower while it blissfully baked away.Chilled them
all day and dumped out the custard cups on a plate with a couple of orange slices as a garnish. Lovely, creamy and delicious.
If you are really pressed for time, grab some ice cream or a store bought tiramisu.
Now the best part........my guests had no idea I had just served them a frozen entree. They thought I had stuffed each chicken breast and couldn't believe the work they
thought I had done.They even asked for my recipe. I finally admitted that I did not know the Barber Foods recipe but I certainly could share a coupon for the product. They were so tickled and impressed. So was I......
I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m
not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Julie McCuiston aka Mauigirl.