Trying out new products in the kitchen is so fun! I get to EAT my creations! Woo!
Progresso recently added Lemon Pepper to their line of panko bread crumbs, which includes Original and Italian flavors, and sent me a box to sample. I had never used panko before and was excited to try it!
A longtime secret of Japanese cuisine, panko is now a pantry staple for creating perfect crispiness in any dish. Whether frying, baking or broiling, this culinary superstar adds a flavorful crunch to create simple, savory recipes. Made from the soft, tender centers of the bread, Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko combines the perfect crunch with effortless flavor to give any dish that extra punch. The large, flaky crumb has a coarser texture than traditional bread crumbs, delivering a lighter, crunchier coating or topping. The chef’s secret is out!
Speaking of chefs, one known for his emphasis on creating delicious dishes with fresh, premium ingredients is Chef Michael Chiarello, who uses panko as his go-to bread crumb for when he wants a crunch that won’t quit. An Emmy-award winning TV chef and cookbook author, Chef Chiarello is the tastemaker behind Bottega Napa Valley Restaurant, NapaStyle and Chiarello Family Vineyards, and you may have seen him on The Cooking Channel and Top Chef Masters on Bravo.
Chef Chiarello is helping cooks everywhere use Progresso’s panko to make flavorful, flawless recipes including Crispy Seafood Salad, Mama Chiarello’s Stuffed Eggplant, and Turkey Scallopini and Squash Ravioli with Cranberry Brown Butter.
What did I make using the Lemon Pepper panko? I kept it pretty basic and made Lemon Pepper Ranch Chicken, since I had everything on hand already. Chicken breasts, a bottle of ranch dressing, a little butter and panko bread crumbs are all I needed to make a delicious dinner in less than half an hour! I loved the simplicity of this recipe, yet it was incredibly good. I served it with steamed broccoli and pasta in a light cream sauce. Comfort food. The Lemon Pepper panko is so flavorful I could eat it right out of the box!
Visit the Progresso website for additional recipes, tips for cooking with panko, video and a coupon for $1 off any panko flavor. Also, be sure to check out the Progresso’s Wine & Dine with Chef Michael Chiarello Sweepstakes. Now through December 31st, participants can enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Spring Bud Break Party, an annual dinner and wine tasting event taking place on May 7, 2011. In addition to two tickets to the party, the grand prize also includes roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations. Visit www.progressobroth.com for the sweepstakes rules and entry form.
Enter to win a Lemon Pepper Panko gift pack, which includes one package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and an autographed copy of chef Chiarello’s new cookbook, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, pictured below! This is an awesome book that would be a great addition to your personal cookbook library or a make a beautiful gift for someone. To enter, please leave a comment below telling me what type of dish you would create with Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko.
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Disclosure: General Mills provided me with the information above, the product sample and giveaway prize through MyBlogSpark. Contest ends December 20th, 2010 at midnight EST. US entries only, one person per household. Leave a separate comment per entry and a valid email address. Winner, chosen at random, has 3 days to claim their prize.