It is a truth that not many people know, but I am highly obsessed with the free magazine that Kraft Foods sends out every few months. Not only am I obsessed with the free magazine, but I also get their weekly emails, and check their website on a regular basis. I know, I know, I’m bordering on being labeled as CRAZY.
I love the Kraft Foods magazine because all of their recipes look amazing and are so easy to make. Yes, the point of the magazine is to promote Kraft Foods and the products that they carry, but honestly most of the products in my fridge/cupboard are Kraft products so it works out nicely. Plus, you can always substitute certain ingredients for things you already have in your fridge.
In the most recent issue there were two recipes that looked really good and I wanted to try them out. If I could, I would actually make every recipe they publish, but in being married to someone who doesn’t eat things of the sea or things in/with a cream sauce, it tends to be a little more difficult. Thankfully these two recipes consisted of ingredients I knew he would enjoy so I was determined to make them!
Easy Lemon-Chicken Piccata
I substituted the Miracle Whip for regular Mayo, because I like the flavour better. I also left out the chopped parsley. I would not substitute regular bread crumbs for the Ritz crackers because the flavour of the crackers really added to the chicken, and the crust it created was delicious.
The easiest (and cleanest) way to crush the crackers is to put some in a ziplock bag, zip it closed and then crush away!
If you don’t have chicken broth readily available or you don’t want to open a whole can, just cut a small chunk off a Chicken bullion cube and dissolve it in warm water. That’s what I did!
Cut 4 thin lemon slices from half of 1 lemon. Squeeze juice from the remaining lemons and set aside. Coat chicken with the Miracle Whip and then the cracker crumbs. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 5 min. Turn the chicken and cook on medium heat for another 5 min. or until chicken is golden brown on both sides and fully cooked. Transfer chicken to platter and sprinkle with parsley. Cover the chicken to keep it warm while you make the lemon sauce.
Carefully wipe out the skillet with a paper towel so that no bits of cracker are left behind. Add lemon juice and broth to the skillet and cook on medium-high heat for 6 to 8 min. or until slightly reduced, stirring occasionally. Add the butter and lemon slices and cooking on low heat for 3 to 4 min. The butter should be melted and the lemons should be heated through. Pour the sauce on the chicken and serve!
The chicken turned out perfect. Since Chad and I are lovers of all things Lemon flavoured these hit the spot. Definitely something I will be making again and again!
Roasted New Potatoes
For this recipe I again substituted the Miracle Whip for regular mayo, as well I used the parmeasan I had in my fridge instead of buying the Kraft Parmesan. I also didn’t use the fresh parsley and increased the amount of garlic (naturally). I would definitely suggest investing in some of the Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salad dressings. Not only do they taste great on salads but using them to marinade meats and veggies is a simple and fast way to add flavour!
Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
Combine the potatoes, bacon and Italian dressing in a bow. Make sure everything is coated nicely. Spread the mixture onto the bottom of a 17×11-1/2×3/4-inch pan (basically a cookie sheet) and bake for 45 min. or until potatoes are tender and crisp around the edges. Make sure to stir the potatoes after 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the Miracle Whip, lemon juice and garlic together. If you want to make the dressing thinner you can add some milk and mix it together.
Once the potatoes are done sprinkle them with the parmesan cheese and parsley. Drizzle the sauce over the potatoes or serve separately for dipping purposes.
The potatoes we so easy to make and so tasty! We decided to serve the sauce on the side and dip our potatoes in it. The sauce we definitely the best part! Mayo, Lemon Juice, and Garlic. Flavour explosion! I can definitely see us using this sauce for adding flavour to lots of different recipes.
Now, since I’ve clearly myself sound like the biggest promoter of Kraft Foods Canada, I might as well go ahead and suggest that you go to their website and sign up for the free magazine and emails. It won’t cost you again and you might just find a recipe you really love!