A typical dinner out for our family usually means one or more of our kids on or under the table, at least one spilled drink, a meltdown or two, ending with ear shattering pleas for dessert. We are not always so sure if the people next to us are annoyed, amused, scared or just happy they have no kids.
Why do we keep doing it? It is usually fun to take them somewhere new they haven’t tried before. Even if most of the time they are saying how yucky the food is. They just get so ridiculously excited by the idea of eating in a restaurant; it is hard to deny them. And every once in a while the stars are in alignment and we have a great meal.
Sometimes these outings are quite successful – we leave feeling proud of the kids for trying new foods and letting us enjoy a glass of wine without having to scream at them to stop kicking each other. Other times (actually MOST times) we run out so embarrassed that we have to avoid the place for at least a month. This is usually enough time for another family to come upstage us in the bad behavior department.
Our last excursion was pretty bad on the sliding scale so I tried to recreate one dish the boys did like that night since we can’t go back for quite awhile!
Chicken Rollatini (easy version)
1 lb thin chicken cutlets or turkey
12 slices prosciutto (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup spinach leaves
2 cups mozzarella (shredded)
6-8 oz. tomato sauce or pasta sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper*.
Pat dry chicken cutlets and season with salt and pepper. Layer each cutlet with a slice of prosciutto and then some spinach leaves. Sprinkle generous heaping of mozzarella cheese on top and then roll cutlet. Place seam side down onto baking sheet * and top with tomato sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for approximately 25 minutes. If desired top with any remaining sauce and/or cheese. Or use on some pasta for a quick side.
These can also be cooked in a baking dish – the cheese will not ooze out as much. But my kids like the way it comes out on the baking sheet – nice and messy.
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew (big brother): “DEElicious”
Dylan (little brother): “I only like the burnt cheese part”
Liam (little brother): “I ate a lot! Now can I have dessert???????”