Making Chicken Cordon Bleu with gourmet cheese
Chicken Cordon Bleu – the delicious combination of chicken, ham and cheese – is a dish that's as flavorful as it is ubiquitous. Stylish on the plate, Chicken Cordon Bleu can just as easily be served to party guests as it can be whipped up for a weeknight dinner. "Cordon bleu" means blue ribbon or blue band. The history of cordon bleu goes back hundreds of years, making the dinner party staple a dish that's flavor has more than stood the test of time.
How to Make Chicken Cordon Bleu
In its most classic form, cordon bleu is chicken or veal wrapped around Swiss cheese and ham. The classic recipe, however is much more flavorful when the cheese used is a tasty, complex gourmet cheese.
French cheeses are an ideal choice. Hard French cheeses that melt easily are best. Emmental, Fol Epi, Comté and Etorki are particularly delicious with cordon bleu. The ham used for cordon bleu is a personal choice – cured, prosciutto, or bacon ham all work well. Many cordon bleu recipes feature a breadcrumb crust, which also allows some choice and experimentation, as crumbs from many styles of bread are work well.
What to serve with cordon bleu
Rice – whether brown, white or mixed – and steamed vegetables are perfect side dishes for cordon bleu. Mild side dishes work well because the cordon blue is so flavorful on its own. Chicken cordon bleu with rice and a steamed vegetable medley is a delicious, no fuss and healthy meal.
Try these delicious recipes to learn first hand why cordon bleu is such a popular meal: