Thursday, August 7, 2014

Make It Sourdough - Gluten Free Seasoned Coating Mix

Remember this commercial?  I always enjoyed hearing that little girl's southern voice say "... and I helped."  Kraft's Shake 'N Bake still gets decent reviews on Amazon. My son-in-law likes it, especially on the night he has to cook.  There are so many flavors now.  Some of the flavors are orginal, Parmesan Crusted,  Buffalo, BBQ Glaze, Classic Herb and Ranch Crusted. The older directions say to rinse or wet the chicken but the newer directions state to brush with oil or salad dressing.  In the last year or two, the rules for handling raw chicken in the kitchen have changed.

One complaint, though -- a plastic bag is no longer included in the box. That might be a good ecological step in Kraft's planning.  Some alternate uses for the plastic bags could be to coat the chicken, fish, pork, etc. in a bowl.  Another idea seen on the network is to recyle cereal bags as shaking bags and that would bring the shake component back. My daughter uses a paper bag. Other suggestions can be seen here.

Now the next issue with Shake 'N Bake is the gluten problem.  What ingredients are in the Shake 'N Bake?  Well, all the flavors have wheat flour in it -- you know, gluten.  Sad --- that limits the use of this coating for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.  Glad to say that I have an alternative! The alternative will be more healthy, especially when made with wild yeast sourdough.

Remember the failures of the wild yeast sourdough bread that I cut up and put in the freezer.  The bread was good but ugly. There is still more.  It's going to be used to make a sourdough seasoned coating mix.

Try this good alternative to Shake 'N Bake on chicken or pork chops.

Sourdough Seasoned Coating Mix

3-4 rounded cups gluten-free sourdough bread cubes (about 325 grams before drying)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional or amount to your taste)
2  teaspoon dry parsley
3/4  teaspoon dry basil
3/4 teaspoon thyme
3/4 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon celery salt

Feel free to make any changes in any ingredient amount.

1.  Dry the bread cubes using these directions except remember that sourdough bread takes longer to dry.  (The bread crumbs weighed about 325 grams before drying and 170grams after drying).

2.  Put the dried sourdough bread cubes and the remaining ingredients in a processor and process until the bread crumbs have an even, fine texture.

3.  Store your bread crumbs in an airtight container in the freezer. The coating mix can be used without thawing.

Adaptions to the recipe:

1.  Vegetable oil, or your choice of oil can be added to the coating mix.  Use 1 tablespoon for every cup of seasoned mix.  Mix until the oil is absorbed and store as in directions.  The oil can also be added to the seasoned coating mix just before using. (The mix without oil would increase the shelf life.)
2.  Substitute the same amount of crushed gluten free corn cereal or crushed gluten free rice cereal  for the sourdough bread.
3.  Parmesan coating mix can be made by adding 1/4-1/3 cup Parmesan cheese to one cup of the seasoned coating mix.

For chicken or pork:
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Beat 1 egg in a flat bottomed dish.  Place one cup of coating in another flat bottomed dish.  The coating can also be placed in a zip bag, a recycled cereal bag or paper bag.

Dip the chicken or pork in the egg until coated.  Then roll or shake in the sourdough seasoned coating mix until the chicken is covered with coating mix. Add more coating mix if needed.

Place in the prepared baking pan.  Cook at 350 for 45 minutes, turning the chicken half through baking.

Sourdough Seasoned Coating Mix on Chicken Thighs

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