Cordon Bleu: Feeding My Family a GOURMET Meal with Only $25

Food is CRAZY expensive and because budgets can get tight, I want to see if I can give a family of 4 a fine dining meal for under …


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  1. Gotta say this was an awesome episode! Good food, affordable and top shelf delivery. LOVE THESE types of episodes! and… its not just that you two show labels/shopping… you make REAL dishes that are affordable and awesome-you are like the only ones i know of along with Chocmiel (A french youtuber) that do it that way so … great job!

  2. Dude, 4.65 for 4 slices of ham???? wow. we went to 5.29/lb ish peak in N New England. Sams Club and BJs or Costco are not the place for the deli meats… I shop 3x weekly for work-2 carts and I get that kind of stuff at a regional chain (Market Basket here… but NOT Hannafords which is actually $5 a POUND more for the same exact brand!) Gotta be careful but appreciate your watching the cost. Imported Swiss is 4.99-5.99… your ham is the priciest brand there is so yeah… I pay 5.29 for black forest but not that applegate-still good. Thats $5 a pound cheaper… Like others I really like your trying to get frugal-key these days… You and Brian Lagerstrom are the ONLY ones I know that show labels etc of where and how you shop… Big hats off-keep it up.

  3. Once again, great video! You can tell it’s a few months old, just from the price of eggs. Upstate NY, Jan 2023, a dozen eggs average $5/carton. Went to Trader Joe’s yesterday. $3.49? You bet I grabbed a carton!

  4. Take it over the top by adding to the swiss cheese and ham stuffing a 1/4" x 1/4" x length strip of cream cheese or blue cheese or mozzarella plus a strip of sour cream. And forget the breading a d frying mess by wrapping stuffed chicken rolls with Pillsbury crescent or croissant pastry sheets not separated at the perforations. Place on sheet pan, wash with egg or melded butter. Cook in preheated 325°F to 350°F oven for about 40 minutes or until internal temperature is 165°F. Please forgive me but a can of undiluted Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom soup drizzled over and around plated chicken rolls with your choice of minute greenery pieces, i.e. parsley, chives, sage, etc.

  5. Just an FYI on the are always better to buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself, not because of the cost, but because of the processing methods allowed, even for organic chicken. In the processing plants, whole chickens are sprayed with antibacterial spray and then rinsed before bagged and flash frozen. Chicken parts are soaked in antibacterial spray as the move through the cutting up process so they spend a LOT more time in that solution than a whole chicken. Ever wonder why even organic chicken smells funky after only a day in the fridge…that's why and depending on the pieces, it can soak into the bone. This process is used in every commercial poultry processing plant in this country and is completely condoned by the USDA and FDA as a "safe and effective" practice, but also explains why so many people, like me, have gut issues after eating chicken from restaurants that buy frozen parts to use. I have even gone so far as to raise my own birds and do my own butchering to avoid the issue entirely. Pork is done in the same manner, but beef is not.

  6. Thank you! My chicken Cordon Bleu never looks as pretty as yours. I like serving my friends and family pretty food. With your roll technique, I’m going to ace the pretty. You made me want to call over a few friends just to serve this pretty and delicious meal.

    P.S. Shop wherever you want to shop. You did a great job making a meal for 4 people under $25 .

  7. Made this recipient for my family past week. It turned out great and not 1 toothpick needed. To keep them together. Love the channel. Have made a almost a dozen of your recipes so far and they have all come out great. Thanks for all you do!

  8. Thank you for being cognizant of food prices these days. It’s a real struggle for many families to buy enough food to eat each week, even when cooking everything from scratch, avoiding processed food.

  9. Loved your spin on cordon Bleu, your so generous with all your information and techniques it make for an interesting watch and the delicious recipe is a bonus. Keep at it 🙌

  10. I love that you actually talked through how you drove down the cost. Many youtubers like Joshua Weissman advertise that they can make a dish for a specific dollar amount. Here, you actually showed how you shop, how you get individual slices of meat or cheese from the deli and I love that.

  11. I have never tried Cordon bleu! It looks so delicious and easy to make but I just don't know if I could make it and the chicken would be done…Sometimes I just don't trust a meat reader 😕 haha call me silly. I need one of those pounders and maybe then I would feel better about making this dish myself at home.

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