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NATIONAL CHICKEN CORDON BLEU DAY – April 4

National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day - April 4

NATIONAL CHICKEN CORDON BLEU DAY

Annually observed on April 4 is National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day.  It is all about a special dish combining chicken, ham and cheese.

The French term Cordon Bleu is translated as “Blue Ribbon”. This dish is a take on the popular Veal Cordon Bleu.  It is a flattened chicken breast which is wrapped around ham (or sometimes prosciutto or Canadian bacon) and cheese such as Swiss or Gruyere.  The chicken is held together with toothpicks and dipped in an egg wash and breaded.

The earliest recipe we were able to find was in a March 1964 printing of the Cincinnati Enquirer by the Cincinnati Gourmet Stanley Demos.  Despite some misconceptions, it is an American dish.  Demos mentions in his column that he got the idea to try chicken instead of veal “to be different.”  It has been a popular dish since.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Following are a few delicious recipes for you to enjoy:

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Use #ChickenCordonBleuDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day.

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