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Homemade Shake and Bake

 

My mother denies this now, but growing shake and bake pork chops were always on the weekly menu rotation. And, in my mother’s defense why not? Shake & Bake was, and still is all about convenience. Drop a few pieces of meat in a bag with the coating, give a quick shake and dinner is on its way, and the meat always turns out juicy and flavorful.

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Making your own Shake ‘n Bake is very simple and way cheaper than the boxed stuff. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now. And, the beauty of it all, there is not a drop of  MSG-like ingredients ¹, and you get to control exactly how much salt goes into your homemade seasoning mix.  If you get migraines, you probably understand why this is so exciting to me 🙂

Homemade Shake and Bake

Homemade Shake and Bake

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch dried basil leaves
  • 1 pinch dried parsley
  • 1 pinch dried oregano

Instructions

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag combine the crumbs, oil, salt, paprika, celery seeds, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, parsley and oregano. Seal bag and shake all ingredients together. Store in the freezer until needed, it doesn't solidify once frozen so you can measure out only what you will need

Shake and Bake Pork Chops

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Pour some of the shake n bake mix in a large resealable bag. Rinse pork chops in cold running water. Let excess water drain off. Place pork chops 1 at a time in the bag with the shake and bake mix. Seal and shake the bag so that the pork chop is totally coated in the breading. Remove the pork chop from the bag, shaking off excess breading.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Do this with the remaining pork chops.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145° F

Shake and Bake Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Pour some of the shake n bake mix in a large resealable bag. Rinse chicken in cold running water. Let excess water drain off. Place chicken, one piece at a time, in the bag with the shake and bake mix . Seal and shake the bag so that the chicken is totally coated in the breading. Remove the chicken from the bag, shaking off excess breading.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Do this with the remaining chicken pieces.
  4. Bone-in chicken - Bake for about 45 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° F
  5. Boneless chicken - Bake for about 20 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° F

¹ People sensitive to MSG may also be sensitive to MSG-like substances. These are glutamates or chemically similar items added to improve a product’s taste.

Here is a short list of common MSG-like substances:

– Yeast extract
– Autolyzed yeast
– Hydrolyzed proteins

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Source:
Scopp AL. MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable protein induced headache: review and case studies. Headache. 1991;31(2):107-10.

Additional Information:
Questions and Answers on Monosodium glutamate (MSG). U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Homemade Shake and Bake - The Panicked Foodie

Sunday 4th of February 2018

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Homemade Shake and Bake – The Panicked Foodie

Monday 13th of November 2017

[…] went on the hunt for a healthier, homemade alternative. I came across this recipe by Jen at Home in the Finger Lakes and had to try it. And it is….delicious! So simple to make, and you can make a huge batch of […]

Douglas Willet Cornwell

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

Hi, I grew up in a small town between Ithaca, Owego, Binghamton, Cortland - Tioga County. I loved spending summers in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks. Good to see someone other than Rachael Ray doing upstate NY stuff! (The one from Hudson, NY, says she is "upstate," but "Hudson?" Upstate? Get real! Rachael Ray has a baked apple recipe. Do you have one, too?

BTW. After Hurricane Irma in Florida, I am ready to return to the blizzards of upstate NY. We were rarely without power, few trees down, and yes, we had to drive in the snow and shovel the stuff! But with cross country skis or snowshoes, one could get around!

Doug Cornwell Greenacres, FL bibsinger@gmail.com