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April 4th is National Cordon Bleu Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then I hope you like chicken because it's National Cordon Bleu Day!  How's a meat on meat sandwich sound?  Let's get right into celebrating National Cordon Bleu Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

This delicious meal is celebrated for the same reason that most food holidays are celebrated... they're too dang good not to celebrate! People love eating Cordon Bleu so much that they decided to set a day aside where you'd have no excuse not to eat it!  Chicken Cordon Bleu (or just Cordon Bleu) is made by pounding a slab of chicken breast until it's nice and thin. You'll see why in a moment. Then you lay in a slice or two of pork meat (usually ham or Prosciutto) and a slice of soft cheese (like Swiss or Mozzarella cheese). Then you wrap the chicken around the meat and cheese and secure it with toothpicks.

If you didn't pound your chicken breast to make it thinner then it'd be really hard to wrap it around the insides. You'll probably need a few toothpicks to really seal things up; you don't want any of your pork meat or cheese poking out. More so the cheese because you want it to melt down inside for a nice flavorful treat; not melt out onto your pan.  Then people usually put some flour and spices or some breading on the outside and then either fry it up in a frying pan or bake it. Some people even drip a nice, creamy sauce over it before serving it. It really is a unique blend of flavors and all you need is a carbohydrate and some vegetables and you've got a well-balanced meal!  Ready to try this out?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?   Well, I'm sure you can already think of the easiest way to celebrate... head to a restaurant! Cordon Bleu is pretty common, so most places probably have it on their menu. Just kick back and relax while you munch on your appetizers and wait for the beautiful meat treat to be brought out to you.

If you don't have time to head to a restaurant then you can always pick up some ready-made Cordon Bleu. My mom gets them all the time and they're pretty simple to bake up. And sure, it might not taste as good as handmade, but it sure beats a sandwich and a bag of chips if you're crunched for time!  But if you do have a little time and you want to know everything that's going into your meal then why not make a few Cordon Bleus at home? That way, if you end up loving them, you have a bunch of them to eat all day! And if you have a family this gives you something to cook for dinner tonight. Once they taste it they may think you're some kind of kitchen superhero, even though it'll take you less than an hour from start to finish ;).  I hope you enjoy your day and don't burn your tongue on that hot, melted cheese!





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