I just love this home made shake and bake. It has been many years since the little girl declared “And I helped,” on the commercial. Before there was internet, newspapers would run one day a week, a food section to feature local grocery ads. There was always a recipe column that was my favorite part. In the recipe column they would include recipes like this. So I didn’t buy commercial coating mix very long after I discovered what little was in it for the price. It is a good pantry staple to keep on hand and it is so much cheaper then buying it. You can find several good recipes for this but I like this one the best because it is multi purpose. For fish you can sprinkle a little lemon pepper before baking. For pork chops you and add more herbs that you like.
What is nice, you control how much salt and spice goes in it. There is also no preservatives in it and you need to store it in the refrigerator. You just place it in an air tight container and label it so no one thinks they need to throw it out when they are purging all the science experiments from the refrigerator. It is real disappointing to find the empty container in the sink. I don’t know how long you can store it because I use it up in a couple of months. This recipe makes about 3 cups which is really a lot to use up.
DIY Coating Mix for Oven Fried Chicken
Makes 3 cups.
- 1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers crushed
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt ( you can add less if you want)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground sage
- 2 tablespoons dry parsley
- 2 tablespoons oil
Pre heat oven at 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with vegetable spray. Aluminum foil makes the clean up better.
For the best results use a food processor to mix this up. You can cut the recipe in half so your processor can handle it. Originally I used a blender to crush up crackers a little at a time and then mix it all together in a bowl. It will take a while by hand to incorporate the oil in. Using the blade on the food processor mixes up faster and will give you the same consistency as the commercial coatings. Store in a air tight container in the refrigerator. Just place a small amount into a plastic bag and shake. What is left over in the bag you throw away with the bag.
Chicken and pork chops will take 40 to 45 minutes. Fish takes less time. It depends on the thickness of the fish so keep an eye on them.