Saturday, February 27, 2010

Homemade Meat Coating

Homemade Meat Coating(Shake n' Bake) is so simple you would have wished you thought of it sooner.
You can make a huge batch of this stuff and store it in your freezer to keep it fresh. No need to run to the store for those last minute dinners and you have no idea what you are going to put on your chicken or pork.
You can use a high fiber cereal like Fiber 1 or any other type of brand that you would rather feed to the birds then eat. You can also use dried bread crumbs or even fresh bread will work too. If you have fresh bread and want to use dried bread crumbs, just cut up your bread into small squares and place it in your oven on 400 degrees for about 10-20 minutes to dry the bread out.
After you have decided what base you want to use you now add the spices. And again, this really is a no brainer. Just add whatever spices you like.
I added garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, onion powder, sage, thyme and basil.

The best way to blend everything is in a coffee grinder, but if you don't have a coffee grinder you can use a food processor or by placing the ingredients in a plastic bag and smashing it with a meat clever. If you do either of those two methods you might want to sift it through a fine sifter to get the fine granules out so you can continue to break up the large bits.

The best results are from a coffee grinder though. As you can see the constancy is exactly like the Shake n' Bake brand which is like a smooth powder.

When I use the coating I don't add any egg or water to the meat. I just place the meat onto the powder and pat it to coat the entire slice. Once both sides are covered the meat is ready to be baked.

All baked and ready to eat. I love being able to make my family a healthier alternative to packaged Shake n' Bake. My children love their meat with mild flavoring. But you can make this hot or sweet to every one's taste. enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. mmm...we do this all the time. ends of cracker bags, leftover potato chips, bread ends. anything goes! it's kind of neat to pick out the flavour behind it. Like last week hunny used up goldfish his "secret ingrediant"...

    for spices i always throw in ground mustard too.