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Being an AR Ambassador is so much fun!!! 
Oct. 29, 2011 5:44 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2011 3:30 pm
This month being an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador has been so much fun. The Ambassadors were asked to prepare and review some dishes from Barber Frozen Foods and some on-site Pillsbury recipes using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

With company coming at the end of October I thought this would be a great time to try the recipes and products for October.

My guests arrived Tuesday afternoon and our first foray into our cooking challenges was Wednesday for lunch. I decided to use this opportunity to prepare and review the recipes from Pillsbury for the Crescent Rolls. Pillsbury graciously provided us with coupons to receive free, 2 rolls of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and I purchased extra rolls just in case so we would have enough because I wasn’t sure how many rolls our lunch cook-off would take. Pillsbury suggested any two recipes from a list of five: Rolled Chicken Crescents, Crescent Pizza Pockets, California Crescent Sandwich, Beef and Bean Crescent Burrito and Zesty Italian Crescent Casserole.

I printed all five of the recipes and gathered the ingredients for each so my guests could select any one of the five to prepare.  
Between the 6 of us we prepared all five of the recipes. I believe my kitchen resembled organized chaos, but it was so much fun. We were going to pick a winner, but everyone kept voting for their own and we kept coming up with a 5 way tie.  One of my guests, the last to vote, refused to select one because, he said, no matter which one he chose, he was going to have to ride home with the other four, which was way to risky seeing as they were flying home.

The comments about the dishes went from, “Who would have thought you could use crescent roll for this,” to “…if Pillsbury came up with these recipes, why haven’t’ they put together a cookbook using their products. Now, that one I would buy.” I suggested they check for more recipes using Pillsbury refrigerator products.

As Ambassadors we were also asked to prepare and review frozen Stuffed Chicken Breasts from Barber Foods. Well, this turned out to be a major event in itself.  Using the coupons provided by Barber Foods I selected one of each of the five varieties I found and then I purchased enough to complete my plans for dinner: Breaded Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Cordon Bleu in Sauce and Breaded Chicken Breast Stuffed with Broccoli and Cheese, Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach and Cheese, and Breaded Stuffed Chicken Florentine. I wanted to get enough so everyone would have the opportunity to try each one. Before serving them I cut them each in half diagonally and then placed them on a platter, cut sides touching to prevent the stuffing from seeping out. I printed little flags with the name of the chicken rolls and taped them to cute little plastic swizzle sticks, stuck them in the chicken breasts so we could identify each one.  

As sides I served: Baked Potato with a potato bar of toppings, Roasted vegetables with a garlic/butter sauce and a Tossed Green Salad made with Baby Field Greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions and Cheddar Cheese and topped it with toasted pecans and Raspberry/Walnut Vinaigrette.

Everyone went on and on about the fantastic flavor and ease in preparing the chicken. The chicken breasts are raw when purchased so you have to bake them, but even the baking is easy. Barber Foods says the chicken breasts should not be microwave. The only negative comment said was some felt the chicken breasts were a bit small, but it was suggested, as we did, fix a couple extra just in case and problem solved.

As we sat around the table discussing the Stuffed Chicken Breasts someone suggested doing different things with the stuffed chicken breasts and making an entirely new dish. Pretty soon we were all doing it and we decided for dinner on Friday we would have our own “Iron Chef “ and see who could come up with the best or most interesting  dish using Barber Foods Frozen Stuffed Chicken Breasts. 

I figured the cooking experience with the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls was organized chaos, but our “Iron Chef” topped it all.  We came up with the most fantastic ideas. Our ideas ran from Chicken Wellington all the way to a Chicken Pizza. 

One guest chose the Breaded Chicken Cordon Bleu. She made a large Chef Salad, sliced the baked Breaded Chicken Cordon Bleu breast diagonally, added it to the center of her salad and topped it off with shredded cheese and a sour cream dressing.

The Chicken Cordon Bleu in Sauce was turned into Chicken Wellington. My brother baked the chicken breast until almost done, removed it from the oven, added sliced mushrooms, a slice of Smoked Cheddar/Swiss and sealed it in Pillsbury Refrigerator Crescent Roll dough and baked it until it was golden brown, about 15 minutes.

The third Breaded Stuffed Chicken Breast was turned into a Breaded Chicken Breast Stuffed with Cheese and Broccoli Au Gratin. A box of Betty Crocker Potatoes Au Gratin was prepared; the uncooked Breaded Chicken Breast lay in the center, topped with Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and baked for about 40 minutes.

The fourth Chicken Breast was turned into a Chicken, Spinach, Artichoke and mushroom pizza.  Enough Pillsbury Crescent Rolls triangles were used to make a crust about 7 inches square. The Breaded Chicken Breast was baked until almost done, the crust was covered with garlic cheese sauce, the almost finished chicken breast was sliced and placed in the center of our pizza, chopped marinated artichoke hearts and mushrooms were added around the chicken breast and it was topped off with grated Jalapeño Jack and Mozzarella cheese and baked for another 15 minutes.

The fifth Breaded Chicken Breast Florentine was transformed into Breaded Chicken Florentine on Fettuccini smothered in an Italian red sauce and topped with Parmesan Cheese.  The chicken breast was prepared as directed then placed on a bed of Fettuccini; the pasta was covered with a zesty spaghetti sauce and topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Using 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, I unrolled the dough, spread it with garlic butter, chopped parsley and paprika, rolled them up and had the most wonderful garlic Crescent rolls for dinner

We were all blown away by the ease of preparation of the chicken breast and they are versatile enough to transform them into fantastic dishes anyone would be proud to serve. As one of my guests said, “These Stuffed Chicken Breasts are good enough for company.”  We are now all convinced we are World Class Chef’s and pretty proud of ourselves,. Oh, and humble…don’t forget humble.  

This past Summer I was offered and I accepted the opportunity to become an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. It is a voluntary position and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my Allrecipes blog. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinion of Kitten ~ Annie Buller.
Oct. 29, 2011 6:27 pm
Wow, Kitten, it sure does seem like you all had a great time! How very creative of you all! I am going to have to look for that chicken...a lot of people seemed to enjoy it. Great blog :)
Oct. 29, 2011 6:27 pm
Sounds like you had quite a week and some awesome FUN! Having fun in the kitchen is just the best! And it sounds like the food was a success, too!
Oct. 29, 2011 6:42 pm
What a fun and creative way to entertain and feed guests! And here I am so close and yet so far away from the fun! Good Blog Kitten
Oct. 29, 2011 7:20 pm
Sounds like a blast! Glad you had fun experimenting with friends and family!
Oct. 29, 2011 8:49 pm
sounds great Kitten!! Glad you had fun..I know I had fun as well.
Oct. 29, 2011 8:52 pm
Hi guys, I usually don't put a lot of faith in frozen prepared food, but the chicken was really a surprise. And the crescent garlic bread I made from the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls was wonderful.
Oct. 29, 2011 9:03 pm
Nonna, Middleton?!? Well, Hi, glad to meet you. I guess there are more than a few of us. You're just a hop and skip away. All us Idaho spuds should have a get-together.
Oct. 30, 2011 5:50 am
How fun and creative! You made good use of the products this month. I too was impressed with the quality and nutritional data of the Barber Chicken breasts. Thanks for sharing your party with us.
Nov. 1, 2011 3:30 pm
Hi Nana, I have been disappointed so many times with frozen entrees, but this time they were surprisingly good. I'm certainly going to buy them again, Albertson't had them on sale for 2.99, regularly 5.99.
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Well, I'm a Boise, Idaho transplanted native originally from California. I grew up in San Jose until the 4th grade then the folks mover to the Turlock/Delhi area; about 80 miles south os Sacramento. I definitely believe there is still a lot of Californai Girl in me, but I do love Idaho. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother of 3. I like to read, Oh, especially old English Poetry. Lordy, I just melt when I read one of Shakespeare's sonnets or John Donne's poetry and Lord Byron. I enjoy sewing, crocheting, and quilting. I think life is taken way too seriously; sure there are serious things in life, but you still need to laugh. I also wish the world could just be one big "Brady Bunch". I am a hopeless optimist and figure things could be worse. And, I think everyday has the ability to be a good day. If you woke up alive and everyone you care about woke up alive then, it's a good day. Geeze, even a broken clock is right twice.
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My family doesn't have any long standing traditions but my husbands family does and I have, with the help of my sainted mother-in-law and sweetheart husband, learned to cook some of them. When his family gets together for the holidays, I love to help my sisters-in-law make the dinner. They are all German Mennonite and I love their traditions. They make dished for the holidays that they made before they came to America. That's cool.
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Having my mother-in-law ask me to bring a family favorite to a large family Christmas gathering when everyone else was raised in a German Mennonite commuinty and grew up with the food and I didn't.
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