Operation Popcorn

Some of you may have seen one of my Breakfast with Judy video’s on You Tube several months ago, when we made Apple Cinnamon Mini Loaves using Crunchy Cinnamon Honey Pretzel Cookies, which is a product that is carried by Manawa’s own Brian Busby also known as “Hey Popcorn Guy”. At that time, Brian aka “Hey Popcorn Guy” offered me a challenge. Each month in 2016, Brian would choose a flavor of popcorn and drop it off here at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast and I would utilize it in a recipe in some way. I agreed as I thought it would be an interesting challenge and a way to stretch myself as a home cook. And so Operation Popcorn has begun. Brian has dropped off my first challenge for 2016 in the form of Tomato & Basil Popcorn. I must admit I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how I am going to utilize this interesting and somewhat challenging ingredient. Stay tuned for the conclusion of our first installment of Operation Popcorn. Operation Popcorn (4) Tomato & Basil Chicken 2 cups “Hey Popcorn Guy” Tomato & Basil Popcorn 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs ½ teaspoon dried basil ½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 eggs, beaten 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin Place 2 cups of tomato & basil popcorn in a food processor with the chopping blade. Pulse until the popcorn is a fine crumb. Place in a pie plate and add panko bread crumbs, basil and kosher salt. In another pie plate, crack 2 eggs and beat. Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound until about ¼” thin. Dip chicken breast in the egg and coat both sides. Put into popcorn crumb mixture and turn to coat both sides with crumb mixture. Place in a frying pan on medium heat with a pat of butter and a drizzle of Winemaker's Daughter Shallot Garlic olive oil, or the oil of your choice. Fry until a golden brown on both sides and place on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. I served this with an Angel Hair Alfredo, and it was YUUUMMMYYYY! Tune in next time for our next installment of Operation Popcorn!