Battering & Breading Basics

Learn how to get the crispy texture kids love through baking and avoid all the fat of frying.

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Start Breading

Kritsada Panichgul

Start Breading

Moms, take note: Battering and breading is a fantastic way to get your children to eat all types of food. By seasoning throughout the steps, you'll create delicious dishes with layers of flavor, and once you've mastered the basic technique, it's infinitely adaptable.

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Step 1: Flour

Peter Ardito

Step 1: Flour

Before you begin, designate a wet hand and a dry hand. Using your dry hand, dredge your food of choice in seasoned flour and shake off the excess. This thin layer of flour helps the wet layer that's up next to evenly coat the food. Transfer food to the egg mixture or batter.

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Step 2: Batter

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Step 2: Batter

With your wet hand, turn the food until thoroughly coated in the batter. Transfer food to the breading or cook as directed.

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Step 3: Bread

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Step 3: Bread

Switch back to your dry hand and carefully roll the food in your choice of seasoned breading, gently pressing to help the coating adhere.

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Crispy Flounder With Tomato Salsa

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Crispy Flounder With Tomato Salsa

We kicked up this mild-flavored fish with a crunchy coating and zesty topping.

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Green Bean "Fries"

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Green Bean "Fries"

This tasty preparation is a hit with the kids!

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Pecan-Crusted French Toast

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Pecan-Crusted French Toast

This breakfast staple just got even better! Given the nature of bread, there is no need to coat the slices in flour first. Jump right in with the egg-mixture coating.

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Banana Fritters

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Banana Fritters

Sparkling water creates a super-light batter for the bananas. Enjoy these tasty treats warm from the oven.

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Chicken "Fried" Pork

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Chicken "Fried" Pork

Mustard and garlic provide loads of great flavor to these chops without a lot of additional fat.

Originally published in the September 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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