Chicken parmesan with roasted broccoli and asiago cheese

First off I have to give some major credit to a friend of mine Dwayne.  He gave me the recipe fo for the broccoli and it was amazing.  Thanks Dwayne.

Chicken parmesan (yield 4)

4          large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1cup    fine bread crumbs
1          large egg
2tbsp   milk
8-10     slices of mozzarella cheese
1can    pizza sause
1/2cup grated parmesan cheese
            olive oil
            salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 425.  In an medium bowl, beat egg and milk together until well blended.  Dump the bread crumbs into another bowl an lightly season them with salt and pepper.  Dip chicken breast in the egg mix and then into dredge them in the bread crumbs.  Be sure to cover the chicken well.  Heat some olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.  Brown the breaded chicken breasts (about 2-3 minutes per side) and then place them in a baking pan.  Place the mozzarella cheese on the chicken breasts (about 2-3 slices per breast should do).  Cover each breast with about 2 tbsp of pizza sauce.  Sprinkle the chicken with the parmesan cheese.  Bake for about 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and lets stand for 2 minutes before serving.

roasted broccoli and asiago cheese

1          large broccoli crown
4tbsp   olive oil
1cup    grated asiago cheese
            salt & pepper

Pre-heat oven to 425.  Rinse and cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces.  Dry the broccoli.  Put in a bowl and toss with olive oil.  Season well with salt and pepper.  Spread the broccoli on a baking sheet and bake at 425 for 25 minutes.  The broccoli should start to have a few little brown areas on it.  Remove broccoli and return it to the bowl where you tossed it with olive oil.  Add the asiago cheese and toss until the cheese melts over the broccoli.  Serve with the chicken.

I also usually make this with an alfredo pasta but you could do roast potatoes or rice with it as well.  I hope you enjoy this.

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So last night was my first attempt at making homemade macaroni and cheese.  Personally I felt it didn’t turn out the way I wanted.  I want some help.  I want a real nice and creamy mac and cheese that is full of flavor.  I like the idea of baking the top with some cheese and breadcrumbs for a nice crust.  Here is what I have so far:

8oz         Cooked macaroni
3tbsp     Margarine
3tbsp     Flour
3c            Skim Milk
2c            Grated Sharp Cheddar
1/2c       Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2c       Grated Sharp Cheddar
2tbsp     Fine Bread Crumbs
Dash      Paprika

Pre-heat the oven to 350.  In a sause pan, melt the margarine.  Slowly add the flower, combining to form a roux.  Slowly add the milk.  Make sure whisk the mixture smooth.  Add the 2c of cheddar and Parmesan cheese.  Stir until the cheese is melted and well combined.  Place macaroni in a casserole dish.  Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni.  Stir gently so the sauce covers the macaroni.  Sprinkle remaining cheddar over the top of the dish.  Sprinkle bread crumbs over the cheddar.  Add the dash of paprika over the top of the dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes after removing from the oven.

So that is what I did.  It was OK but it wasn’t great.  Please help out if you can.  This seems like something could become a favorite but I just wasn’t really happy with my result.  Comments away!