Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Daddy Patties

Intrigued by a weird title of this post? :)

This is just a name MJ came up with for a new recipe that was born at our house last night. I don't have any pictures, unfortunately,  because this was not intended to be anything special or great, but it turned out to be so delicious that MJ decided we need to come up with a name for this dish and to write down the recipe so it's never forgotten.

Here is the short story that led up for the creation. I was driving home from work and was thinking about dinner. I knew I had chicken breasts defrosting, but it was Thursday, approaching the end of the week and we ran out of everything else (kind of early this week). Chicken breasts really don't have much flavor to them, so you need to really add something GOOD to them.Like it would be good to make some kind of chicken and mushroom ragout and serve it over pasta. Or marinate those chicken breats in some lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and herbs and bake or grill it. But there was no marinating at that point and almost no veggies. So I haven't thought of anything in the car.

When we arrived home, I got right on the start line of my dinner cooking marathon that needed to be completed in 40 minutes, so I just starting grabbing all kinds of random stuff out of the fridge and then seeing what I ended up with I decided to throw it all in the food processor, which is one of my favorite things ever created, and make some kind of chicken patties. Result? Amazing! MJ said that was one of the best things he's ever eaten and Allie FINALLY had some meat hidden in those patties after being on a meat eating strike for about a week.

Here we go

Happy Daddy Patties 

(which is a  name that MJ came up with, because of how happy those patties made him... You can probably tell how much thought was put into that heartfelt name..)

3 medium chicken breasts
2 medium carrots
1 small onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 C green peas (I had them in the freezer, so I just defrosted them quickly in hot water)
3 slices of bacon (that's optional. I honestly thought that  it would be better without bacon after I tasted the final result and MJ thought that bacon totally made it. Allie didn't say anything, but seemed to have agreed with both of us... Add the bacon if you like the smoky flavor)
1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
2 C panko bread crumbs, placed on a flat plate
Olive oil for frying

Place all the ingredients listed above up to bacon (including bacon) into a food processor. I roughly chop everything beforehand to help the processor out a little. Process for about a minute, stopping, if necessary, and stirring the ingredients up to make sure everyone gets the "blade contact". Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add in the egg, cheese, salt and pepper. 

Heat up some olive oil in a non-stick pan. Form the meat mixture into small patties, roll them in the panko bread crumbs and place in the heated pan. Cook on a medium-high heat about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean dish. Depending on how large your frying pan is and how big your patties, you may have to do it in portions like I did. When you're done, return all of your patties in the same pan, add a bit of water (about 1/4 C) cover with a lid and "steam" for about 6-8 minutes to just make sure everything cooks through.  

Needless to say what a great healthy combination of lean meat and veggies they provide, which is especially important for kids who let's face it will not necessarily eat meat AND veggies that you serve them. This is 2 in 1!

I hope you'll like it as much as we did.


  1. Thanks for this recipe, Katya! I made these with variations because of what I had on hand -- no bacon, with scallions instead of onion, bread crumbs instead of panko, and I forgot the garlic, oops -- and they were great, like a healthier version of котлеты. And they taste even better leftover! I'm going to try some other variations, like using corn and green chilis with chili powder or maybe something with curry...

  2. Oh wow Lisa, I think I like your version even better! Love the corn idea. I actually used to make a variation with chichen+corn+green beans+scallions. Delicious! Хороших тебе котлет!:) And thank you for reading!