If you’ve read The Reverse Commute, you know about the chicken parmesan. If you haven’t read the book, what are you waiting for?
They were in the small galley kitchen cooking dinner. More accurately, he was cooking dinner. She was drinking her cosmopolitan and occasionally helping. He added ziti to a pot of boiling water and cooked breaded chicken in a frying pan. Three bowls were lined up on the counter with flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in them. She was dipping the chicken in each bowl and putting them on a platter on the stove.
He gently tapped her on the hand with a wooden spoon , laughing. “Hey it goes flour, egg, then bread crumbs. I put them in order left to right. You’re going backwards.”
“Oops. Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention. I told you I couldn’t cook.” She dipped the piece again, going back the right way this time. He raised an eyebrow and smiled, shaking his head. “That’s gonna be your piece.”
She stuck her tongue out at him. He grabbed her chin and kissed her while she pushed him against the fridge. They started kissing and groping each other. The pot of water boiled over.
Below is my recipe for a night of romance. Double it if you like leftovers.
Sunday they slept late, he made eggs benedict for brunch and they flew a kite at the beach on Plum Island. He brought a cooler with beers and chicken parmesan sandwiches. It was an unseasonably warm day for early March. She thought it had to be one of the most perfect days of her life thus far.
2 pounds of boneless chicken (use breasts or thighs-the Best Boy likes dark meat so he uses thighs)
A bowl of flour
A bowl with 3 eggs, beaten
A bowl of Italian style bread crumbs (I like to mix in Panko – it makes a better crunch)
Dip the chicken in each of the bowls -1st flour, then egg, then bread crumb/panko mix. As the Best Boy points out, you need to do this in the right order.
Heat oil in a frying pan and cook until both sides are browned. I like my chicken parm crunchy.
24 ounces of spaghetti sauce
(If your Aunt Helen lives next door you can run over and get some of her homemade marinara sauce out of the freezer. Otherwise, make your own sauce or use your favorite jar of store bought. I love Rao’s. It is worth the extra money. Trust me.)
Spread sauce on the bottom of a baking dish, place chicken on top and cover with more sauce then sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top. Place in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the ziti. This particular night we were watching our calories so we had brussel sprouts with a sprinkling of bacon.
We made a lot. Like the Best Boy, I love chicken parmesan sandwiches.
Enjoy and maybe you too will fall in love.