Battering & Breading Basics
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crispy Flounder With Tomato Salsa
We kicked up this mild-flavored fish with a crunchy coating and zesty topping.
Green Bean "Fries"
This tasty preparation is a hit with the kids!
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.
Sparkling water creates a super-light batter for the bananas. Enjoy these tasty treats warm from the oven.
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.