Call me crazy, but I've been receiving a lot of cooking inspiration lately from Jersey Shore. Ronnie, Pauly D, Mike, Snookie, JWoww, they are hilarious and have an amazing talent for memorable one-liners, but they're also young and immature. In spite of this, their mothers seem to have succeeded in instilling a sense of family togetherness that is seen vividly at the kitchen table. They seem to just knock out these five-entree dinners complete with garlic knots, homemade sauces, and (haha) Gatorade!
While, I don't have secret family recipes for amazing sauces or (always) the appetite to chow down such weighty, heavy meals, I do share a love of food as a way to bring people together. My next couple posts will include some efforts to become more Italian with some hearty, delicious, tomato and mozzarella-filled dishes.
*Recipe from Jill Parker, as told to me by Suzette
3 thinly sliced chicken breasts (about 1/2 inch thick)
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 cups marinara sauce (I used Prego, but you could also use this)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or 3 big slices)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
8 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
Dip chicken in melted butter, then generously coat both sides with bread crumbs. Lay chicken flat in baking dish. Cover with marinara sauce, followed by mozzarella cheese, and then parmesan cheese.
Bake in oven for 45 min. to an hour, until chicken is fully cooked.
Serve with spaghetti noodles and garlic bread.