Big Daddy’s House

I really wish this was a post about JT or my dad but sadly no I was not that creative. This is the title of Aaron McCargo Jr.’s new show on the Food Network, it premieres tomorrow 8/3 at 12:30 pm CST. Do you know who I am talking about? The WINNER of The Next Food Network Star, I was glad he won, he has the most potential for someone I would watch. I am awaiting his new show with great anticipation. I am interested to see how he does. Anyway on the Las Vegas show towards the end of the series Aaron (like we’re on first name basis) made some Chicken Parmesan recipe and JT and I sat drooling. Of course my husband, the foodie had to hunt the recipe down and make it for us tonight.

A couple of things before I give you the recipe… we thought the recipe was a tad salty and we didn’t try the white sauce because we didn’t have the ingredients and didn’t feel like running to the store, so we just did the first part. With that said, here’s the recipe:


CHICKEN PARMESAN by Aaron McCargo, Jr.

2 quarts oil, for deep-frying
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
4 (6-ounce) pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast (pounded thin)
3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 quart favorite store-bought marinara sauce
White sauce, recipe follows
8 slices mozzarella cheese


Heat oil to 350 degrees F.

Mix all seasonings together then divide into 2 parts. Season chicken breast with half of the seasoning on both sides. Add half of remaining seasoning and 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley to bread crumbs and mix. Dip chicken in flour, then in eggs, then in bread crumbs. Fry chicken until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes). Simmer the marinara sauce in saucepan over medium heat. Place 2 slices of mozzarella cheese on each breast. Pour the warmed marinara sauce over the cheese, drizzle with White Sauce and serve.


White sauce:
1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat the garlic and heavy cream in a medium saucepan, until simmering. Turn off heat, add butter, and whisk vigorously until fully incorporated. Add 1 tablespoon fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper.


Here’s another really cool show we caught today on the Food Network today was Ask Aida. It was a really great show and the recipes she did today sounded so yummy we can’t wait to try those too. Everything from this meal screams make me, eat me, PLEASE!!

She made:

The show has a really cool concept. She basically fields questions by e-mail, texting and videos that people send to her while she is cooking the meal. I really enjoyed it and hope to catch it again soon.

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