Christmas is now over – how do you all feel? I’m so relieved!! My tree is down and my main living room is back to pre-holiday; vacuumed and everything.
Thank you 8 lb, 7 oz, tiny baby Jesus. I can’t help it; it’s always a relief to get my house back to normal when the holidays are over.
So, let’s talk food.
The wonderful people from California Walnuts sent me a lovely gift a while back. This bag of luscious walnuts to do with what I please – How sweet are they??
Now, given a great deal of fresh California walnuts, what does one do?
If they happen to be me, they make a savory dish, of course. That is, a dish that includes jalapenos. What else?
So, let me tell you about what I made.
I mean, that’s all I can say about this one.
It’s that good.
I combined walnuts with flour and pulsed them in my food processor to make a perfect crust for my chicken breasts. Then, I combined fresh jalapeno peppers (diced), Gouda cheese, fresh garlic, butter and real cream to make a sauce fit for tortilla chip-dipping. So, in other words, keep Gouda in mind for your chip dipping sauce recipes in the future. It’s fantastic.
Walnut Crusted Chicken with Jalapeno Gouda Sauce
1 pound thin sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp seasoned salt
2 eggs, whisked with 1 tbsp milk
2 cups walnuts, put through food processor or smashed in a large zip lock bag with a mallet
2 fresh jalapenos, washed, deseeded and diced
4 oz Gouda cheese, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp whole cream
3 tbsp salted butter
1 tbsp flour
- Preheat oven to 350. Dredge chicken cutlets in flour, egg mixture, then in walnuts.
- Place on baking spray-prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes; or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Meanwhile; make cheese sauce. In a small sauce pan combine all cheese sauce ingredients over medium-low.
- Bring to a slow boil; stirring continuously until thickened. If it doesn’t get thick after several minutes increase heat a little, but continue to stir. It should be pretty thick – maybe not as thick as Mexican cheese dip but close.
- Drizzle cheese sauce over chicken.
Let me just tell you, people, I could drink the sauce; this Gouda/Jalapeno stuff – it’s straight up crack. Crack, I tell you.