Burgers and Chicken for the masses

Need some simple party food ideas?  I stumbled upon some old pictures of two types of food I had once made for church while snapping the photo of the Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes below.  So may as well put them up here.  First the burgers (or sliders rather):

Sliders for Father's Day

I made these for Father’s Day I remember to commemorate dads and their love of the grill.  Sliders are a great idea for those who want to serve burgers to the masses.  These were made using ground beef and mini buns from Stater Brothers in Southern California.  I’ll be honest, the patties in the image were already pre-made XD.  But making them from fresh ground beef is almost just as simple.  Just add whichever seasonings or flavorings to fresh ground beef.  I like using garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and sometimes cheese, cumin, or cayenne pepper.  I also typically add a raw egg to help with moisture and to hold the patties together so they don’t fall apart.  Bread crumbs are another idea too.  Then roll portions of beef to roughly the size of an ice cream scoop (bit bigger or smaller depending on your preference), press, and grill or pan sear to your liking.  Add small slice of cheese near the end of cooking if desired to allow cheese to melt.   These burgers in the image were pan seared in olive oil.

Next up is Chicken Nuggets.  But not just any chicken nuggets.  One, these are actual pieces of chicken!  And two, these are actually a healthier variety so you may eat more of them 🙂

Healthy Chicken Nuggets that are baked, not fried!

My friend Joann told me to make these for church one day and sent me the recipe.  So here it is, courtesy of Joann XD:

4 servings

  • 3 cups corn flakes
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into nugget-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 4250F

2. Lightly oil or coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray

3. Place the corn flakes in a resealable plastic bag and crush to a fine texture using a rolling pin, the bottom of a small saucepan, or place in a food processor and pulse several turns until finely crushed.
Combine with the Parmesan cheese, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper in a medium bowl.

4. To bread the chicken, coat in flour, shaking off excess.  Dip in the egg, then coat well in the corn flake mixture.

5. Arrange the chicken on the prepared baking sheet and cook until golden brown

The preparation can get quite messy, but its worth it in the end :).  This dish was a huge hit with our pastor’s younger sister who gave the sermon that day while he was in Korea.

Bon Appetit

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