4th April, 2018 will be… Cordon Bleu Day
On every 4th of April, National Cordon Bleu Day is celebrated throughout the world. This day is all about a dish that consists of ham, chicken and especially cheese. Cordon Bleu or popularly called Chicken Cordon Bleu dish was made by being inspired by another dish called Veal Cordon Bleu. Sometimes to be more specific, people address this day as Chicken Cordon Bleu Day to separate it from Veal Cordon Bleu, but it is not necessary, as there are many kinds of Cordon Bleu dishes. Basically, a Chicken Cordon Bleu dish is a chicken breast that is flattened and then covered with a ham as well as cheese. Then the chicken is held collectively with the help of toothpicks and finally, it is dipped in egg and breaded. On this day, people make Chicken Cordon Bleu and eat it with their families and friends to commemorate this day.
Origin of the name:
Cordon Bleu in French basically stands for “Blue Ribbon”. “Cordon Bleu” was a wide blue ribbon which was worn by the knights of the highest order. And later, throughout the years this term was transferred to food that was prepared with utmost quality; it was also applied to cooks who were incredibly experienced. In a way, the blue ribbon worn by the knights who were of the highest order could be compared to a chef’s apron that is generally blue in color.
History of the dish:
Originally it came from Switzerland in the early 1940s, which was mentioned in a cooking book in 1949. The earliest known recipe that could be found was printed in Cincinnati Enquirer by Stanley Demon who was a gourmet in Cincinnati. Some people think it is not an American dish, but it actually is. Demon later mentioned that he made Chicken Cordon Bleu by replacing veal from Veal Cordon Bleu with chicken to try something different—which worked, and ever since then it has become a popular dish around the world, especially in America.
Different variations of Cordon Bleu around the world:
There are many different variations of the Cordon Bleu dish around the world, all of them include meat, cutlet, and especially cheese. One such way of making Chicken Cordon Bleu is cut the breast of the chicken in a butterfly cut and then putting a slim slice of ham in the butterfly cut made in the chicken breast. After that, a slice of cheese is added in that cut as well. Then, the chicken breast is breaded by rolling it in bread crumbs, and after that, it is deep fried. Some people bake the chicken rather than frying it.
Another variation includes not breading the chicken breast with the bread crumbs rather covering it with ham or using bacon instead of ham to cover the chicken breast.
In Spain, people usually use beef and veal that is deep-fried instead of chicken, which is then covered with ham and cheese.
In Muslim countries, there is a halal version of Cordon Bleu. In this variation, instead of using ham, which is haram in Islam, the chicken is covered with mutton or beef.
Therefore, on National Cordon Bleu Day, make sure to celebrate it with your, family, friends, and relatives by making a tasty Cordon Bleu. Bon appétit!