Monday, October 20, 2008

.chicken cordon bleu pockets.

I love Chicken Cordon Blue. Traditionally it's a pounded out chicken breast a layer of ham and a slice of swiss cheese all rolled up. Then breaded and baked. I was in the mood to try something a little different and take these three ingredients but wrap them in bread dough.

Recently, another company contacted me asking if I would try their product too. This company is J.B. Dough. They're located in Benton Harbor, Michigan and I have to say, their bread mixes are pretty tasty. You can make them by hand, or using a bread machine, but with this recipe, I used my Kitchen Aid.

Open the package and put the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Dissolve the yeast packet in warm water. Follow the directions on the package.

Knead out on a floured counter and cover to let rise until almost double. Punch dough down and knead again.

Chop up some slices of ham.

Cut up some swiss cheese.

And then chop up some chicken breasts. You want to cut them into chunks to ensure they're baked thoroughly. If you used whole chicken breast, you run the risk of the bread pocket overbaking and having raw chicken in the middle. Ick.

Divide the dough into 4-6 pieces. You can make some larger and some smaller for kids if you want.

Take each piece and roll out into a circle.

Put some chicken, ham, and swiss cheese in the center. Season well with salt and pepper.

Pull all the edges up into a little pouch and pinch closed.

Turn the pouch upside down so the seam is on the bottom. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Repeat until all the dough and filling ingredients are used up.

In a bowl, put one egg and one Tablespoon water. Mix up.

Brush the eggwash on top of each of the bread pouches. Make sure you get as much of the surface as you can. Place the sheet in a 350* oven for about 40-45 minutes. If the tops start browning too much, put a sheet of foil on top.

The tops will be beautifully golden. Pull from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

See how yummy that looks. The chicken was so tender and moist. The swiss cheese coated the chicken and ham and the fresh baked bread surrounding it soaked in all of the flavors. A perfect twist on a traditional meal.

Something that would be really awesome? Make these mini sized for parties! I think you'll have people inviting themselves to your get togethers if you start serving these. Enjoy!


Stephanie said...

another YUM!

Anonymous said...

Oh that looks SO good! Definitely adding these to my list...

Jackie S. said...

Mmmm....that looks SOOOO good!!! This is one I am going to HAVE to try!! TFS

Anonymous said...

I am always a failure at making bread. That package gives me hope, plus the recipe looks good.

Kristi said...

These look SO good! But for some strange reason, the thought of putting the chicken in raw is skeeving me out. You have inspired me to make these using leftover poached chicken though!

Pivibird said...

These look delicious! Going in the menu plan for next week. Thanks for a great recipe.

Anonymous said...

This looks delish. Do you have a printable version. I would love to make this sometime soon

Nicole said...

those look sooo yummy!

Lorilee said...

These look so yummy!!

linda said...

those look really good, and I will also have to add them to our menu..