3 Childhood favorite recipes: All grown up
You’ve grown up and your tastes have grown up with you, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite childhood recipes. These three grown-up style family favorites will have you and the kids going back for seconds.
Tomato basil grilled cheese
- 8 slices of bread
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 slices of provolone cheese
- 4 slices of cheddar cheese
- 2 large plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 8 large basil leaves
- Combine softened butter and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Spread the mixture onto one side of each of the 8 slices of bread.
- Place bread, buttered side down, on a piece of wax paper. Layer with provolone, cheddar, tomato slices and basil leaves. Top with another slice of bread.
- Place sandwiches in a skillet and cook on medium-high heat until both sides are golden brown.
Herb battered chicken strips
- 1 pound chicken breast, cut into thin strips
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced dill
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- Vegetable oil
- Combine flour, cheese, garlic and seasonings in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and the milk together.
- Dip chicken strips into the egg mixture and then dredge in the flour mixture until the chicken strips are fully coated.
- Heat 1-inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet until hot.
- Place chicken strips in the oil in a single layer and fry, turning halfway through, until both sides are golden brown.
Fancy mac and cheese
- 2-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese
- 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated fontina cheese
- 1-1/2 cups cream
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Boil water and cook macaroni until al dente. Drain and return to the warm pot.
- Add in cheeses, cream, wine, pepper, nutmeg and basil leaves. Stir until well combined.
- Pour mac and cheese into 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and the mixture is heated through.