Originally Posted by buckytom
in fact, i had to try hard to think of what boxed foods we use. shake-n-bake ...
You can make your own shake and bake for much less than the packets. The packets run about $2.85 here for two bags and the mix.
Here's what I use:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups bread crumbs (I used panko for a crispy crunchy)
2 Tablespoons salt (less if you don't want to use a lot of salt)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 Tablespoons paprika
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil. (I omit this and put a bit of butter in the baking dish instead).
Mix all this up and put it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use a quarter cup or a few tablespoons from the mix with your meat in a ziplock bag. Shake it up, bake at 450 F for 25 minutes or until done.
Like I mentioned, instead of mixing the oil into the mix, I will put a sliver of butter on top of each piece of meat just to give it a touch of fat to brown while cooking.
The main thing is to watch to make sure the coating mix doesn't get too browned.
You can add different spices and herbs to your basic mix to match your choice of meat and complement your meal. A pinch of oregano is nice, and rosemary would be nice. You can use a shot of hot salt to kick it up.
Once you make the basic mix, you've got a great base and it will last a long time in the jar in the fridge.
When I buy pork chops, chicken breasts in bulk, I split them into ziplock bags in meal-size portions and freeze. I just thaw them in the same bag, toss in the coating mix, shake it up and it goes straight in the baking dish.