Puff Out Thy Feathered Chest

Ground chicken was on sale last week.
I’d never used it before,
but being that I’m addicted to all things clearance,
I snapped it up and carried it proudly home.
Once arrived, I sat it before myself and pondered.
What could I possibly do to dress up
this cheap little package of ground meat?
What recipe could possibly resurrect the
strutting manhood of one ground rooster?
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Welcome to the henhouse
{and our happy mouths}
this simple, yet elegant comfort meal.
It’s so tasty and delectable you might just crow about it.
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Cock-A-Doodle Doo.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs
with Tomato & Lemon Butter Pasta
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In a large mixing bowl, combine:
1 1/2 lb. ground chicken
1 egg
32 Ritz crackers, crushed
(or 1 c. of your favorite bread crumbs)
1 T. Olive Oil
1/2 c. chopped spinach
salt & pepper to taste
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In a smaller mixing bowl, combine:
1 c. grated swiss cheese
1 c. diced ham
1 T. Mayonnaise
1 t. brown mustard
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Take a spoonful of the ham and cheese mixture and press into a large spoonful of the chicken mixture. Carefully smooth the chicken mixture until it fully hides the ham and cheese hidden inside. Meatballs will should be quite large.
{We’re talking, tennis ball-ish sized.}
Brown meatballs in 2 T. of olive oil, heated in a skillet.
Transfer to a large over-safe pan and bake an additional 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.
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Using the drippings from the skillet, add:
1/2 c. lemon juice
2 T. butter
2 T. minced garlic
2 fresh tomatoes, diced
1/2 c. chicken broth
(or 1 chicken boullion and 2 T. of water)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional: a smattering of fresh basil
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Simmer and reduce for 5-7 minutes.
Add 3 cups of your favorite, cooked pasta.
(Garofalo Cappelletti pictured above)
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Serve with meatballs atop
and
Feel Like One
Fine&Fancy Chickadee.
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More Yum to Come…
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6 Responses to “Puff Out Thy Feathered Chest”

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    Lisa on November 3, 2008 at 9:30 pm Reply

    This sounds awesome! So creative. I will hav eto make these as my husband will love them.

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    Thistledew Farm on November 4, 2008 at 9:02 am Reply

    Fun Fun Fun….you successfully distracted me from other tasks….thanks for a fun blog.

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    Manda on November 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm Reply

    This sounds DELICIOUS!!!

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    ConversationsWithACupcake on November 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm Reply

    Lisa- They are quite good, even if I do say so myself. I’m so excited to have you guest blogging SOON! Your kitchen is looking mighty fine, too! Keep up the AMAZING recipes.

    Thistledew Farm-LOVE your post name. Love it. Love it. THANKS for stopping by. Come anytime!

    Manda- How lovely of you to stop in. I’m working very hard to keep my husband away from your blog. I think he’ll be rather jealous at the multiple opportunities to celebrate all things Jazz. You lucky fans, you.

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    Jenny on November 5, 2008 at 10:55 pm Reply

    How fun, I just got my post ready for tomorrow and it is chicken cordon bleu inspired. Great minds think alike. These look incredible!

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    Kady on November 7, 2008 at 10:37 am Reply

    I can’t wait to try these. They sound delicious!

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