Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's Shake and Bake (And I Helped!)

OK maybe you have to be as old as me to remember Shake and Bake commercials - but have you ever picked up a package and read the ingredients? Or done the math to see what you are paying for bread crumbs and a plastic bag?

Here you go...this is super yummy. Kids WILL eat this stuff! It stores well in the freezer.

Prep - 5 minutes
Servings - 8 +/-

4 cups dry bread crumbs
1/3 vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 pinch dried basil
1 pinch dried parsley
1 pinch dried oregano

In a large resealable plastic bag combine all ingredients - seal bag - shake well.

Use this to coat chicken and other meat before baking.

NOW....if you are using it fresh you can easily substitute fresh herbs and garlic/onion. To dress it up add some nice grated Parmesan cheese!

Here's some wiki history:
Shake 'n Bake, manufactured by Kraft Foods, is a flavored bread crumb-style coating for chicken and pork. The product is applied by placing raw meat pieces in a bag containing the coating, closing the bag, and shaking so the particles adhere. The coated meat is then baked in the oven.
Shake 'n Bake mimics the texture on the outside of fried foods and is similar to a bread crumb coating. It provides a baked, alternative preparation to that of fried chicken and other fried foods that use cooking oil. Shake 'n Bake has been marketed as a healthier[1] and less greasy alternative to frying, with slogans like: "Shake 'n Bake: It's better than frying" and "Why fry? Shake 'n Bake." First introduced in 1965 by General Foods, it is currently marketed under the Kraft brand.

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