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Homemade Shake and Bake
Homemade shake and bake is my latest recipe to become part of my normal meal rotation. My husband and I were searching for something new and interesting to coat our pork chops in when we made them.
Then it occurred to me that I make my own breading for chicken all the time, why can’t I create my own recipe for shake and bake? That is where this idea was born!
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Many of us have childhood dinner memories linked to shake and bake, and it evokes those memories when I make my own healthier version at home.
Have you tried making this homemade shake and bake recipe yourself? Come on in and let me tell you about it!
Homemade Shake and Bake Ingredients
Breadcrumbs, 1 cup
Panko, 1 cup
Salt, 2 teaspoons
Pepper, 2 teaspoons
Paprika, 1 teaspoon
Ancho Chili Powder, 1 teaspoon
Celery Seed, ½ teaspoon
Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon
Onion Powder, 1 teaspoon
Parsley, 1 teaspoon
Vegetable Oil, 2 tablespoons
Homemade Shake and Bake Directions
In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients together and mix well.
Once all of the ingredients are well-combined, put the pork, chicken, or plant based protein in and dredge until all sides are coated. You can also do this in a Ziplock bag and do the traditional shake. Either way works just fine.
I made this recipe and used it on pork earlier in the week. I prefer to brown mine in a frying pan before finishing it off in a 400 degree oven. However you can skip the frying pan portion and just go directly into the oven with your protein, if you should choose to.
If you’re making pork, the internal temperature should read 145 degrees to be safe. Chicken should be 165 internal temperature to be safe to consume. Always check the internal temperature of meat using a thermometer, just to be safe. Nobody wants undercooked pork or chicken, as it can make you seriously ill.
Why I Love This Recipe
I love it when a recipe is actually easier than buying it at the store, and this is definitely one of those. I can make it up in mere minutes. I found the same thing true with Mexican rice. It’s even easier to make it myself than buying it in the grocery store.
Being a prepper, I have a well stocked pantry and freezer, and all of these ingredients on hand. Why not make my own instead of buying it at the store? There’s literally no reason to pay someone else to make something I can do myself in under ten minutes. The homemaker in me loves how kind this is to my food budget too.
Being able to make things like this is a huge confidence booster, but it also saves me both time and money, because I can make a batch as whatever protein I’m making for dinner is thawing from the freezer. That is a life-saver on a busy weeknight!
I also prefer knowing what is in my food. My husband picked up a box of shake and bake we have in the pantry to start reading off the ingredients, asking me if some really obscure ones were in it. Obviously the answer is no, and there is a big difference in commercially made products versus homemade versions of the same thing. I appreciate knowing everything about what I am eating versus some vague description or things I can’t even pronounce correctly.
This recipe is vegan as is, and certainly can be used on plant based proteins just as easily as it can be used on meat. Feel free to experiment with it. If you use it on a plant based product, please let me know about it in the comments, as I’m curious how it turns out!
This recipe can be tweaked to fit any dietary needs. You can leave out salt, or add more spice to it. That is the wonderful part about homemade spice blends like this, is you can make it fit whatever your personal taste or needs are. I’ve made it several times and changed it each time until I found what I deemed perfect for me and my husband.
Have you tried making this homemade shake and bake recipe yourself? Are you a fan? What would you add or subtract to fit into your personal dietary needs? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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