If you are anything like me, you have a drawer or a box full of recipes from newspapers, magazines, old maiden aunts, grandmothers, friends and every potluck you ever went to and said I have to have that recipe! I remember one potluck at church several years back that I asked for a recipe and she instantly pulled it out of her pocket. Obviously I wasn't the first to ask! Those are the recipes I like, the ones that bring a memory to mind like Lonnie handing me that recipe card.
Now while I kept her combination of spices and seasonings intact I did make changes that made it more palatable to my family. For example hubby doesn't like cooked mushrooms so I either have to eliminate them or substitute for something else. but sometimes I'm a little sneaky and they're in there, but just not so he can tell. One son doesn't like tomato pieces, but loves tomato sauce, his old girlfriend won't eat cooked carrots, and on and on! So I always keep a list of likes, dislikes and allergies and am constantly altering recipes to fly by the seat of my pants.
This recipe has been floating around so long in the box of scraps that I have no idea where it originated which based on all my changes doesn't matter, but reminds me to keep that box. Some days I feel like an archaeologist, but come up with oldies that were favorites and will now be revived.
CHICKEN FLORENTINE aka STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper*
1/3 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 1/4 cup fresh baby spinach leaves**
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 bunch green onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, softened or 2 ounces grated mozzarella
1 1/2 teaspoons flour
4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2-3 slices sourdough bread, staled and crumbled
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1+1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 egg white, beaten
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter add 1 teaspoon olive oil in skillet.
- Saute' garlic, bell pepper and mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add in spinach and cooked until spinach is completely wilted. If using frozen stir until well blended.
- Drain well.
- Combine cream cheese, flour and spinach mix until well blended and set aside.
- Between 2 sheets of wax paper flatten each chicken breast to 1/4 inch and set aside.
- Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Add 1 tablespoon melted butter and mix until crumbly.
- Divide the spinach mixture equally between the chicken breasts.
- Carefully roll each chicken breast.
- Using a pastry brush coat each chicken bundle with the beaten egg and then roll in coating mixture.
- Place seam side down on a small baking sheet or stoneware pan (I prefer the stoneware pan for a crisper, non-greasy chicken)
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown in color and juices are clear.
** You can use frozen chopped, but it must be drained well and then drained a few more times until dry!!