Monday, June 2, 2008

flba (feed the local bears, anonymous)

Camp(ing) - a time and place of relaxation - hunger is known to abound. Here are a couple of meals that are perfect for any camping trip. Quickly made, little cleanup, warm food. All you need is a heat source (be it a camp stove, fire, etc.), a skillet, and something to stir/roll with

Example one: canned chili skillet. best if eaten directly from skillet
(optional cheese added when removed from heat source)

Example two: skillet bratwursts (with mustard). best eaten with knife
(great breakfast food accompanied by raw oats/milk/honey)

next time you go camping, don't leave your skillet behind

chicken toes...

...or fingers, whichever sounds more appetizing to you.
let's be frank - these are tasty, though rather low on the food quality chart.

making these yummy formerly-feathered-food-items is a good option because:
#1 the lack of a deep fryer breaks the temptation to plunge the breaded bird in oil before consumption (if in possession a deep fryer, beware of the lure of grease)
#2 the ability to make them out of:
a. chicken breast that not only looks and tastes like, but is, a real piece of meat
b. breading of your choosing

Start off with basic breadcrumb recipe:
pulverize bread to crumbs by whatever means possible.
My possible means involves one, handy vita-mix.
If not able to pulverize bread, purchase breadcrumbs.

the ingredients

the process

the raw

Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Serves 4

1 egg
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 pound chicken breast tenders
4 slices of any Mrs Baird's wheat bread
Vegetable oil spray

the baked

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Lightly spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil spray; reserve. In a shallow bowl, whisk together egg, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder; reserve. Rinse chicken tenders under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. In a food processor or blender, process the bread into soft bread crumbs and place in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken tenders in egg mixture to coat both sides. Dip chicken pieces in bread crumbs and place in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray tops of chicken tenders with vegetable oil spray. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center

the eaten