Cereal Beyond Saturday Morning Cartoons

Foodie Friday

Mar 16, 2012 by

“Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It’s too controversial.” – Erma Bombeck

Snap crackle pop! Saturday morning my sister and I would join the ranks of kids all over the U.S. We filled bowls with cereal and happily munched away watching cartoons.

Until I went to college cereal, as a meal, was Only for breakfast. But late night studying and er late night partying often leads to a case of munchies. Cereal was fast, comforting and easy to keep in a dorm room. That’s when I learned that if one type of cereal was good mixing different textures and flavors was even better! Topped off with some fresh berries or dried cranberries and my cartoon breakfast moved into a causal dinner food.

(And of course cereal boxes make great costumes .. but that might be a post for Halloween not Foodie Friday!)

Crumb Chicken

My mom used corn flakes as a ingredient in savory recipes. She didn’t make friend chicken. However, she did have a great baked chicken recipe that we called “crumb chicken” where she used crushed corn flake crumbs to coat chicken pieces. The chicken was crispy and fun to eat.


2-3 cups of crushed corn flakes

Mix in herbs to taste e.g. rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, salt, pepper

Egg whites beaten to frothy


Preheat oven to 375’

Put corn flakes into a half gallon plastic baggie

Add herbs

And crunch well until the corn flakes are more like little bread crumbs.

In another baggie add the beaten egg whites

Drop chicken pieces into the egg white mixture and shake until well coaked

Take the egg white chicken and drop into the corn flake mixture and shake to coat.

Note: these two steps will probably have to be done in small batches.

Place chicken on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non stick oil like PAM

Cook about 60 minutes or until done

Chicken should be crispy and the skin crunchy.. so good.

Top Off Fish

I often do a variation of my mom’s the savory use of cereal on baked or broiled fish. I use cereal as a topping.  My favorite cereals for this are not flakes but more crunchy types like Grapenuts and granola. I often add herbs along with some salt and pepper. Then drizzle olive oil and bake or broil until done.  Something interesting happens to the cereal. It softens and turns into a sort of stuffing.

Grapenut Pudding

How about cereal as the star of a dessert? I bet not many people, outside of New England, have heard of Grapenut pudding. It’s a rich, creamy pudding with spicy undertones. This is recipe is from our Gf author Polli Graham.  Try it and let me know if you like it.


1 quart whole milk

1 cup Grapenut cereal

4 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon butter

Nutmeg to taste


Preheat oven to 350’

Grease 2 quart casserole with the butter

Scald milk, add Grapenuts. Set aside until mixture cools slightly – abut 5 – 10 minutes. Pour into a large bowl.

Mix egg, sugar, vanilla and salt together I a small bowl.

Add the mixture to the milk and cereal. Mix well.

Pour into the buttered casserole dish.

Place in a roaster pan and fill halfway with water. Place in oven and bake for 60 minutes.

The pudding should have a slight jiggle. A knife placed into the center should come out clean.

Let sit at least 90 minutes before serving.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream ..  or both!

Some like it hot and some like it cold.

How are you taking the Saturday morning cartoons out of cereal? 

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