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Not Your Momma's Cordon Bleu... w/Qview

post #1 of 21
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Decided to give some chicken breasts a chance on the smoker this weekend and came up with a variation on the classic Chicken Cordon Bleu.

I've been doing a play-by-play with my trusty camera phone and here are the results so far. I should be pulling these off soon and will post the final photos after dinner. :)

Pounded chicken breasts (exciting, no?) biggrin.gif

Into a marinade of chicken stock, Marsala, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper.

Three cheeses & then some... Swiss slices topped with cream cheese rolled in green onions then topped with sharp white cheddar. A little sea salt & black pepper, too.

After rolling the cheeses, they get rolled in the ham. And yes, el cheapo ham because I wanted a higher fat content.

Then the ham/cheese bundle gets rolled into a chicken breast. That's a whole basil leaf on the chicken, btw.

Then wrapped in bacon. LOTS of bacon, actually because I probably should have pounded the breasts thinner and was worried about making sure they were well sealed.

Just starting on the smoker.

About an hour in and holding together nicely; very minimal loss of cheesy goodness. biggrin.gif

More to come...
post #2 of 21
Can't wait to see the finished product!
post #3 of 21
Those look amazing. I smoked some marinated chicken breasts this afternoon for tonight's dinner. They were ok compared to what I am seeing here. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif Can't wait to see the finished product.
post #4 of 21
Can't wait to see how this ends up....

Wonderful start!!!!
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'm happy to say that they held together very nicely, only very minor leakage on one or two. They stayed really moist and the flavor was excellent. It was really difficult for me not to go out and slather brown sugar all over that bacon while they were on but I managed to control myself. I wanted all savory, no sweet for a change and I'm glad I resisted the temptation.

I think if I'd do anything different it would be to cut some slab bacon into sheets and roll it out a little to get a better wrap. Either that or improve my wrapping technique.

Anyway, here they are... (and again, I apologize for the less than ideal photos)

Off the smoker and resting inside.

This was the test piece, one of the two that had a little cheese leak out.

My photography isn't doing this justice.

Got so busy eating that I almost forgot to shoot again! When everyone cut into them, the melted cheeses oozed out just right. Gotta put these in the 'Got one right' column. :)
post #6 of 21
I love Cordon Bleu. Never had it in the smoker. I'll have to put this on my list of things to do.
post #7 of 21
Excellent smoke, i know that was some tasty Q my friend. Points to you!
post #8 of 21
Wow! The only cordon bleu I've ever had, I got from Schwans. You know, the ones you throw in the microwave until the cheese leaks out? I'll certainly be trying these. Thanks for the Qview!
post #9 of 21
Nice job. icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 21
Looks good!!
post #11 of 21
Very Nice, Just added that to my VERY LONG to do list
post #12 of 21
wow that's intricate - looks excellent.
I just love this pic here :-

Must be the flash reflection but it looks like they're glowing from within !
Kinda like the eggs from Aliens :-)

Good recipe :-)
post #13 of 21
Looks great!!!! Points on this one!
post #14 of 21
Mmmmmm.. Looks tasty Miss Lee!
post #15 of 21
Those look great!!
Can't wait for the weather to break here for a while....definitely want to give those a try!
post #16 of 21
Those look great! Kinda like a chicken fatty cordon blu.
post #17 of 21
Those look awesome PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif Eating a pulled pork sammich here and wishing I had one of those to go with it < slobbering drooly icon here >
post #18 of 21
Very nice thanks 4 shareing.
post #19 of 21
As my daughters favorite person would say (Dora the Explorer) "DELICIOSO".

Note: After typing this Ganny thinks to himself, "Gees, what happened, I used to be so cool and now I am quoting Mexican cartoon girls".
post #20 of 21
Looks mighty fine MissLee! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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