Friday, October 23, 2009
I'm a foodie. I'm sure that's not a big shock to any of you who know me personally.
Ironically, one of my favorite things to cook with is panko. Panko is like light, fluffy breadcrumbs. I use it to make crab cakes, shrimp cakes, baked pork chops, and our family favorite, Tilapia. So how excited was I, when Progresso and our fine friends at myblogspark.com sent me some of their Panko and chicken broth to try out. Stoked, I tell you, stoked!
So for my meal, I decided to make panko covered tilapia with avocado salsa and sundried tomato risotto on the side. This way, I could incorporate both of the products in my cooking. Here is a picture, above, of the start of my Risotto. I will admit, Risotto is quite a pain in the keister. You have to keep mixing it and adding the chicken broth, but trust me, it's worth it. I find the Progresso Broth is higher quality that the Swanson broth I usually use. It is more aromatic and has a better taste, so I will be using Progresso from now on.
While my hands were busily scraping my risotto from the bottom of the pot, my free hand (what free hand?) was dipping my tilapia in egg batter and generously applying the Progresso Panko Flakes. I added a little powdered chili pepper, garlic powder, salt and black pepper to the panko. Then I baked the Tilapia on a sheet pan for 20 minutes at 350, and covered it with the avocado salsa, which is Top Chop fresh Salsa with an Avocado cut up ( very easy!) Here is the outcome of my "experiment".
Verdict from my family: A+!
Progresso broths are 100% natural and use high quality ingredients to achieve a great homemade taste. They are fat free, gluten free, contain no preservatives, no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Progresso broth is available in chicken and reduced sodium chicken and beef flavors.
If your mouth isnt watering yet, check this out. I have ONE great Progresso prize pak to give away right here on my blog! Here's the deal. Post a comment on this blogpost with how YOU would use either Panko Flakes OR Chicken broth by Progresso. The winner will receive a pak containing silicon spoons, a nice metal baking pan, a measuring cup, and of course, plenty of Panko flakes and Broth to make your own signiture meal with! PLEASE REMEMBER TO LEAVE AN EMAIL WHERE I CAN GET AHOLD OF YOU. I've picked a few winners lately, and they left no way to get ahold of them so I had to repick. :(
Also in the mix, is a GREAT recipe card book put together by Progresso and Chef Michael Chiarello. Chef Chiarello appears daily on the Food Network and can also be seen on Top Chef Masters. In addition, he runs and owns Bottega Restaurant in Napa Valley, CA. The handy booklet contains quite a few of Chef Chiarello’s tips to help you create quick, flavorful meals you and your family will enjoy.
So go ahead and comment on this delightful giveaway, and remember to stop by progressofoods.com and progressobroth.com to get some great dollar off coupons! Contest ends October 31st!