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Johnny L.A.
06-23-2013, 12:20 PM
I got some boneless, skinless chicken breasts out of the freezer. Turned out they're actually pork chops. Whatever. I can buy chicken breasts. I want to attempt chicken cordon bleu for the first time. Seems simple enough. (I've never attempted Hollandaise, so I'll cheat this time and concentrate on the chicken.)

What should I have with it? I'm thinking broccoli.

zombywoof
06-23-2013, 01:38 PM
It's a pretty rich/flavorful dish, I'd probably go with something on the blander side like rice (pilaf), broccoli sounds good too.

Little Nemo
06-23-2013, 01:55 PM
Broccoli would be good. But I'd pick asparagus as my first choice.

Johnny L.A.
06-23-2013, 01:59 PM
Asparagus is usually my first choice. I'll have to think about it.

carnivorousplant
06-23-2013, 02:14 PM
I recommend asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

Johnny L.A.
06-23-2013, 02:17 PM
Yes, asparagus is a better choice for Hollandaise.

The SO votes for asparagus. :)

Smapti
06-23-2013, 02:27 PM
I got some boneless, skinless chicken breasts out of the freezer. Turned out they're actually pork chops. Whatever. I can buy chicken breasts. I want to attempt chicken cordon bleu for the first time. Seems simple enough. (I've never attempted Hollandaise, so I'll cheat this time and concentrate on the chicken.)


...I've never heard of putting Hollandaise on chicken cordon bleu.

freckafree
06-23-2013, 02:36 PM
Hollandaise in the blender or food processor is dead easy. I know purists think it's cheating and there is something about blender hollandaise that, to a purist, is obviously lacking (you end up with paler hollandaise, maybe?!?), but that subtlety is lost on me.

This blog gives Julia Child's recipe (http://theshiksa.com/2012/03/14/julia-childs-easy-blender-hollandaise-sauce/) for blender hollandaise. If it was good enough for Julia, it's good enough for me, by gum. Works just as well in a food processor.

I've never heard of putting hollandaise on chicken cordon bleu either, but it sounds yummy!

carnivorousplant
06-23-2013, 02:48 PM
I've never heard of putting hollandaise on chicken cordon bleu either, but it sounds yummy!

It goes on the asparagus, Julia. :)

Thanks for the recipe.

Johnny L.A.
06-23-2013, 02:49 PM
...I've never heard of putting Hollandaise on chicken cordon bleu.

I've never heard of putting hollandaise on chicken cordon bleu either, but it sounds yummy!

It sounded good, and I didn't want to do a wine sauce.

Spud
06-23-2013, 03:00 PM
It sounded good, and I didn't want to do a wine sauce.

I've not heard with any sauce on the Cordon Bleu, but after looking I see that it is included in some recipes.

I love Hollendaise and Asparagus but think it may be a bit much to have it on that and the Cordon Bleu. I would either leave it off of the chicken or have rice pilaf or a brown rice of some sort as a contrast.

WordMan
06-23-2013, 03:49 PM
...I would recommend an accompaniment of piano and violin; a full drum kit and horn section would overpower the dish ;)

- Veg - something fresh and steamed that I could smoosh into the sauce for the chicken and it would taste great.

- Starch - a hearty rice - because you get a piece of the CCB, the veg and then heap it with rice and the sauce, and....sorry, where was I?

Mr Downtown
06-23-2013, 04:55 PM
I have the premade ones ($1 at the Jewel) once a week or so. I accompany it with a crusty roll and cranberry sauce.

Johnny L.A.
06-23-2013, 05:07 PM
I don't have any cranberry sauce. Plenty of lingonberry jam, though.

jayjay
06-23-2013, 05:48 PM
I have the premade ones ($1 at the Jewel) once a week or so. I accompany it with a crusty roll and cranberry sauce.

I think I lived on those when I was student-living in Minneapolis. Except I accompanied it with Doritos.

I eventually undercooked one once and the slightly-gelatinous almost-raw chicken turned me off of them for years. Irrationally, I admit...it wasn't the cordon bleu's fault I wasn't paying attention to the clock.

FoieGrasIsEvil
06-23-2013, 06:03 PM
Asparagus marinated for 24 hours in a vinagrette salad dressing then grilled. Total nommage. Accompany with dirty rice.

TriPolar
06-23-2013, 06:09 PM
Use mozzarella and procisutto instead of swiss cheese and bacon in your cordon bleu. As for side dishes, I agree with something bland. Rice and salad maybe, but it goes pretty well with anything, so just pick something you like.

Tethered Kite
06-23-2013, 06:18 PM
I have the premade ones ($1 at the Jewel) once a week or so. I accompany it with a crusty roll and cranberry sauce.

I like something tart/sweet and bright on the plate to help balance out the richness and add color. The lingonberries sound good too.

I used to just put a ruffled lettuce leaf and a couple of little pickled apples on the plate to serve this purpose. Maybe that's just getting a little too carried away if it's just the two of you. You could throw a couple of strawberries or raspberries into a tossed salad for color.

I've made CCB with a light mushroom sauce but it's really gilding the lily.

zoid
06-23-2013, 06:24 PM
Wild rice and either warm asparagus with vinaigrette of a very simple tossed salad (again w/ vinaigrette). The wild rice is really the perfect starch, brown rice is a close second, and you're going to want something like the vinaigrette to cut the richness.
And I agree with the other posters, lose the hollandaise.

carnivorousplant
06-23-2013, 06:41 PM
And I agree with the other posters, lose the hollandaise.

Heretic!
:)

Smapti
06-23-2013, 06:50 PM
Personally, when I've made chicken cordon bleu, I tend to serve it with mac & cheese and a Caesar salad.

Starch overload, but it does the job.

Johnny L.A.
06-23-2013, 10:28 PM
I couldn't manage to pound the chicken as thin as I would like, but it turned out very nice. I used prosciutto and gruyere, and we did have Hollandaise sauce. For accompaniments, we had asparagus and buttered French bread.

One breast fed the both of us.

Grrr!
06-23-2013, 10:34 PM
What Johnny should've done is make pork chops cordon blue.

A quick Google search produced ample results. :)

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