Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween, Panko and A Giveaway

It was Halloween a few days back.  In order to combat the impending post trick or treating sugar shock I like to make sure that my kids get a good dinner before they head out to beg for candy from out neighbors.  This year I decided to make a treat for myself and put together a super quick, but healthy meal. 

I received a package from MyBlogspark in the mail earlier in the week containing progresso's Lemon Pepper panko and a swanky cookbook from Chef Michael Chiarello.  Generally, I just dredge my fish in some flour and fry it up, but I decided to go a little fancy....it was a holiday and all.  If you have never used panko before you are really missing out.  It is completely different from your standard breadcrumbs.  It fries up crispy and light and completely delicious.  So, here's what I did:

You'll need:
Fish - However much fish your family can put away...mine goes through about a pound and a half of fish for a standard dinner.  I used Talapia because my kids like it, but just about any fish will do. 
Flour - about a half of a cup, more for more fish.
eggs - say 2 or 3
Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko - like.....half a package.

1.  Dredge the fish in the flour, then the eggs and then in the panko.  I like to press the fish down a little so that I'm sure enough panko will stick.
2.  Heat up about 2 tbsp of oil in a nonstick pan.
3.  Toss the fish in.
4.  Wait about 3 or 4 minutes.  When you flip the fish over you will find that the panko has turned a lovely shade of brown.
5.  Wait another few minutes.  When the fish starts to flake apart it's done!

I served my fish with rice and broccoli.  The Progresso Lemon Pepper panko added a very nice flavor to the fish....I think I may even have detected some celery seed in there.  My kids loved it so much that my poor husband had to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner after the kids ate ALL   OF   IT!!

Since I know that you are just DYING to try this magical fish coating yourself I (with MyBlogSpark and Progresso) am giving one lucky reader a gift pack with a box of Progresso Lemon Pepper panko and that swanky cookbook inside!  Just comment below and tell me what you would coat with panko....I'll draw a winner in one week!  (That's Tuesday evening for the chronologically challenged amongst you.)  And while you're at it why not click for a chance to win a trip for two to the Napa valley with Progresso's Wine & Dine with Chef Michael Chiarello Sweepstakes.

And In case you needed more proof of the awsomness of panko:

Some Legal Stuff: I was provided the Panko and the cookbook and the giveaway by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.  The opinions regarding the product are my own.


  1. What would I coat with panko? Anything, really! I think the lemon pepper would go great on chicken! Thanks for the giveaway!