After being together for 5 years it can be just as enjoying cooking together (doesn't happen often) and watching '50 First Dates' and the 4th Season of 'No Reservations'(his gifts to me, yey).
I chose the menu: Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Lava Cake and got all the ingredients (my gift to him).
Chicken Parmesan (By: Ellie Krieger, Food Network)
4 slices whole-wheat bread (1-ounce each)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 egg whites
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 (6 ounce) skinless boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
Olive oil cooking spray
1 jar good-quality marinara sauce (about 3 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons (1/2-ounce) shredded Parmesan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
Place the bread in the bowl of a food processor and process until fine crumbs are formed, about 25 to 30 seconds. Put the crumbs on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, until golden. (You will wind up with about 1 1/3 cups toasted crumbs.)
The recipe called for 4 halves, but my packet only came with 3. This part was actually really fun! Put plastic over the chicken before hitting it to keep it clean.
In a medium bowl, toss the crumbs with oregano, garlic powder, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and milk together.
In a third bowl stir together the flour, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Dip each piece of chicken, 1 piece at a time, in flour, shaking off excess, then egg, then bread crumbs, shaking off excess. I got a little egg yolk in the milk and egg white mixture, oops.
Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. Place breaded breasts in a glass baking dish and spray on each side with cooking spray, about 5 seconds total per side. Bake breasts until cooked though and crumbs are browned, about 15 minutes.
It was really good! I was impressed since it was a healthier version because I didn't fry the chicken. It wasn't as crunchy as a restaurant version, but very tender and flavorful.
The bf loves Chocolate Lava cakes when we go out to restaurants so I found a high rated recipe by Paula Dean (Food Network) and it was so easy to do. I always thought the melted part in the middle was because of a 'filling', but its not the case!
Molten Lava Cakes
6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate (I did 4oz)
2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate (I did 4oz)
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange liqueur (I omitted this since we didn't have any)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Grease 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Melt the chocolates and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler.
The edges should be firm but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto dessert plates. They're really delicate because the center isn't solid, so be careful when inverting them. I kind of splatted the 1st one I did, haha.