Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cranberry Gorgonzola Stuffed Chicken

I found this recipe in a cookbook ages ago and yesterday I finally got around to checking it out. The wait was worth it, as this was TO DIE FOR!!!!! I think it came out of a Southern Living Taste of Home 2010 cookbook, but I know it was submitted to whatever book it was by Kara Firstenberger, who I would now like to meet and hug for sending in this amazing recipe!! Hope you like it as much as we did! (Forrest ate 2!!)

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz each)
1 cup (4 oz) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (my container was 5 oz and of course I used it all--why not?)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs (I cheated here and just poured in some parsley from a jar. Again, why not?)
2/3 cup dry bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoned)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Flatten chicken to 1/2 in thickness. In a small bowl, combine cheese and cranberries. Spoon 1/4 cup cheese mixture down the center of each chicken breast.  Roll up and secure with toothpicks.
Place walnuts and parsley in a food processor, cover and process until ground. Transfer to a shallow bowl; stir in the bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. In another shallow bowl, combine eggs and mustard. Place flour in 3rd shallow bowl. Coat chicken with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with walnut mixture..
Place seam side down in a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170. Discard toothpicks.
To make ahead, make roll ups and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Clearly these are all "after" pictures. Two things I am most afraid of in the world include raw chicken and raw eggs, and this recipe requires me to handle BOTH. Therefore I was too worried about contaminating my camera, kitchen, and loved ones to stop to take pics. Plus, once you start the assembly line to prepare the roll ups, it gets pretty messy!!! I probably 409'd the counter 10 times before I was satisfied that no salmonella was lurking. Also, a word on flattening the chicken. I had never done this before and was concerned that I wouldn't do that great of a job since I didn't have an actual meat hammer or whatever it is called (IKEA run is a MUST, and SOON), but I found that 2 sheets of parchment paper and a jar of canned green beans works GREAT!!!! 
This honestly didn't take that long to throw together (maybe 30 min prep) AND as a bonus you get to take out some stress while flattening the chicken AND you get to chop stuff with your food processor!!! Fun for all!!!
I am definitely going to try this again and I may make a modification next time, just for fun. What would you think about trying it with Feta cheese and kalamata olives?? I think it would be DELICIOUS!! If you try this, either way, let me know what you think!!!


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