The term “Cordon Bleu” (by itself) relates to a special order of French knights. Presumably, by association, cordon bleu as it relates to recipes (as in, chicken cordon bleu…boneless breast of chicken wrapped around cheese and thinly sliced ham) also originated in France as dishes of distinguished classes. Food historians tell us the notion is debatable.
On the other hand? Recipes are not invented. They evolve. Culinary evidence confirms roulades and bracioline composed of veal/chicken, ham and cheese were favored in centuries past by several cultures and cuisines. Most notably: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Italy. Recipes (and recipe names) varied according local tastes and language. Italian-inspired recipes generally feature prosciutto (ham) and Parmesan (cheese). “Cordon bleu,” as we Americans know it today, first surfaced in the early 1960s. Our country’s culinary interpretation parlayed prosciutto for thinly sliced deli ham and Parmesan for mozzerella, Gruyere, or Swiss cheese. Old World masterpiece going with the flow. The perfect American convergence. Of course? The timing was perfect. Source of info from foodtimeline.org
- 4 chicken breast
- 4 slices of Gouda Cheese
- 4 slices of ham
- 1/2 cup of flour
- all season
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 cup of bread crumbs
- canola oil
- 1 egg yolk
- Pinch fine salt
- Pinch white pepper
- Pinch paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 stick melted butter
- Butterfly the chicken breast. Don’t cut it all the way through. Put 1 slice of Gouda Cheese and 1 slice of ham in the chicken breast, and close it. Season with seasoned salt, or any seasoning you prefer.
- Dip the chicken breast in the flour.
- Dip the chicken breast in the egg wash (egg mixed with water)
- Dip the chicken breast in the bread crumbs
- Heat the canola oil to 375F (medium high on electric stove 7) and fry the chicken breast on each side. That shouldn’t take more then 3 minutes. When all the chicken breast are fried put in a preheated 350F oven for 20 minutes.
- In the meantime you can make the Hollandaise Sauce the following way. Place the egg yolk in a food processor and add a pinch of salt, white pepper, paprika, the lemon juice and hot sauce. Place the melted butter into the food processor very slowly and turn the food processor on slow. If the sauce is not thick enough add another egg yolk and to thin it out add warm water. You don’t have to eat the cordon bleu with the Hollandaise Sauce it taste good without it to.
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