Monday, February 27, 2012

"Hot Chicken" and Individual Monkey Breads...

The other night I wanted to try these "individual monkey breads" I had read about.
This is what I did:
2 cans of biscuits (I used Buttermilk Biscuits)
2 sticks of butter, melted
8 cloves of garlic, minced (adjust to taste, I like garlic)
1-2 tsp Basil
1/2 cup Parmesan
More Parmesan for rolling...
Cut the biscuits each into four pieces each, using kitchen shears.  You should have 80 pieces of biscuits.

Melt the butter. Mix with the garlic, Basil, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan.  In another bowl put about 1 cup of Parmesan, all by itself.  Spray a muffin tin with Pam.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Dip each piece of biscuit in the butter mixture, then roll in Parmesan, then place in muffin tin.  Approximately 9-10 pieces per muffin.   When all biscuit pieces are in muffin cups, pour the leftover butter mixture over the top.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown . Makes 9-11 Monkey Breads.

For the Hot Chicken:
Chicken pieces for your family, I used about 7 chicken breast strips.
apx 2 cups of Corn Flake crumbs*
Garlic Salt, apx. 4 tsp.
Pepper to taste, to make it hot use 4-6 tsp of black pepper
Mix cornflake crumbs and seasonings. I put it all in a ziploc baggie.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a baking pan with Pam.  Roll each piece of chicken in the cornflake crumb mixture. (If using the ziploc method, put all chicken in the baggie with the cornflake mixture. Zip. Shake, until well coated.)  Place chicken in the baking pan.  Bake for 1 hour.
The measurements in this recipe are "iffy."  What I really do is, pour some cornflake crumbs in a ziploc.  Pour in some garlic salt.  I want to be able to see it pile up.  Pour in some pepper, enough to see, but not too much.
*Cornflake Crumbs come in a box and can usually be found on the baking aisle.

Then I made Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
Peel, cut in pieces, and bowl 8-10 potatoes with 4-6 cloves of garlic (smashed).
Drain.  Add 1 stick of butter and salt and pepper to taste.  Mash potatoes.  Sprinkle in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.  Stir well.