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RITZ Country Fried Ribs with Zesty Buttermilk Dressing #RITZNYBlitz


I almost never fry food. It’s not that I don’t like fried food, everyone does. (It’s just that I am not very good at frying anything other than a couple of eggs and if you have seen any of my recent egg flipping VINE videos you may even question whether I can do that correctly. When it comes to Ribs, I am low & slow cook in the oven and then eat them with sauce all over your fingers & face kind of guy. So the concept of RITZ Country Fried Ribs both scared me a little & confused me…a lot.

Now when RITZ decided to get involved with the Big Game coming to New York City in the first weekend of February, they partnered with various iconic restaurants in the New York area and asked them, like they did with the Allrecipes Allstars, to come up with a spin on one of their dishes. Then each of the Allrecipes Allstars was paired with one of the restaurants. I got the famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant (started in Syracuse, NY and now here in NYC) and their recipe for RITZ Country Fried Ribs with Zesty Buttermilk Dressing.

I have to say that I was more than pleasantly surprised by my results with these ribs and not just because I didn’t mess up the frying for once. The RITZ Cracker coating was light & very flavorful. If anything, you could have actually added the Cajun seasoning to the coating instead of dusting it like the recipe calls for you to do. The coating held well to the ribs during the frying process and its coloring was rich golden brown. I think the Zesty Buttermilk Dressing could have been a little thicker & a little zestier but those are both changes that the home cook can make without having to think about it too much. I know that the next time that I make these particular ribs, I am going to add a little chipotle seasoning to the dipping sauce since I like a little more kick.

So RITZ Country Fried Ribs with Zesty Buttermilk Dressing are now a part of my GAME DAY MENU repertoire and now you can make them part of yours too. You can watch the video on how to make them right here. Fried Ribs aren’t really as different as they may seem.

You can see all of the #RITZNYBlitz recipes by visiting the RITZ Recipe Collection or Game Day Hub on Allrecipes.com


and you can read about & find more RITZ Cracker recipes from the Allrecipes Allstars by clicking on the blog links below (and I will update the links as the blogs get written):

RITZ “Everything” Bites with Lox & Schmear


RITZ Steakhouse Bites


RITZ Cuban Minis


RITZ Spicy Asian Wings


RITZ Push-Cart Hot Dog Bites



RITZ Fried Ravioli


RITZ New York-style Mini Crumb Cheesecakes


and RITZ Hazelnut Gelato Sandwich


I participated in a campaign on behalf of RITZ Crackers. I received a sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

I am an Allrecipes Allstar brand ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not
compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.

Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews
on Behind The Shades. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of DOUG MATTHEWS.


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As an Allrecipes All Star Brand Ambassador we are asked to try new recipes and new products from sponsors we both know and don’t know. The views expressed in this blog are purely my own and do not reflect the opinions, views or thoughts of the staff at Allrecipes.com

Now that we have that out of the way, one of our assignments for the month of October was to try the stuffed chicken breasts from Barber Foods. I will admit, I had never heard of Barber Foods and I certainly hadn’t seen their products in the frozen food aisle of our local grocery store. To be honest, the only time I walk down that aisle is to grab a bag of Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries because let’s face it, anyone who has ever read any of my blogs (and there might be one or two of you out there that have), know that I can’t make decent sweet potato fries to save my life, so the thought of looking for frozen stuffed chicken breasts was well….new.

After checking the company website to see what they had to offer, I armed myself with a fistful of coupons and headed off to my local grocery story to see if I could find them and lo & behold, I did. They were in the auxiliary frozen food section all the way in the back of the store near the Steak-ums, Veggie Burgers and other frozen entrees I might buy once a year at best. I actually spotted the boxes from a distance as I was walking by, which is a good thing because I had not even remembered that there was a third frozen food aisle in the store. I have to admit that I was surprised by the choices & varieties that were available. I had expected maybe two different kinds to be available but I actually had my choice of almost their entire menu of selections. I finally decided on the Fit & Flavorful Chicken Cordon Bleu (a nod to my DIE-t), the Broccoli & Cheese and the Crème Brie & Apple stuffed chicken breasts and I headed home to “make” dinner.

When I got home I pulled the boxes out to show the family what our eating assignment was this month and my teenage daughter excitedly screamed,


“What ?”, I said. I wasn’t sure I had heard her right since she does have a tendency to runherwordstogetherwhenshegetsexcited.

“You got Exploding Chicken ! We have it at camp.”

Now the fact that she had had the chicken breasts at camp usually was not a good sign since my daughter pretty much dismissed camp food as being bland & tasteless so I had to ask,

“Is that a good thing or a bad thing ?”

“Oh it’s good. We liked it. We always had the Broccoli & Cheese. Thank you Daddy.”

That night at dinner I threw all three boxes on the same tray and 40 minutes later we were sitting down to an “Exploding Chicken” dinner with a bunch of leftovers for sides. My teenage daughter took great delight in showing us with her first cut how the chicken “exploded” onto her plate. Her younger siblings also enjoyed making their stuffed chicken breasts “explode” too. All three of them thought they were good and they all said that the Broccoli & Cheese was the best of the three flavors that we bought. My wife thought they were decent and she said that they could indeed be used as an emergency dinner when she didn’t have time to cook. Her only lament was that they couldn’t be thrown in the microwave but then again, I bought the raw versions only because the fully cooked versions were not available.

As for me, well they reminded me of the stuffed chicken breasts that I get when I get upgraded to first class on some of my flights for work. They were okay but then again, I am a food snob or have found out that I am a food snob through this whole All Star program because I don’t love everything that we have been asked to do. (Could it be that I actually can’t cook very well ? That thought never crossed my mind until now) While I liked the flavor combinations and the low calories associated with each flavor, I found them to be bland. I would have preferred a bit more spice or maybe a little deeper concentration of flavor. I also thought that the chicken was a little “spongy”. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea but I am just not wild about the execution. Overall I will say that for a relatively institutional fast food dish it was a winner. My kids are having them for lunch right now and my wife reports that they are happy.

So come back next time when I discuss what went wrong or right with the Pillsbury Crescent assignment.

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