The 4th of April is Cordon Bleu Day.
A “cordon bleu” in American cuisine is a thin piece of meat, typically chicken but also pork or veal, stuffed with sliced ham and cheese, then coated and fried. Sometimes it contains mushrooms as well.
By default, a “cordon blue” is definitely not a kosher dish, but it could be interesting to try to make a kosher version of it. You could use a non-dairy white sauce, vegan cheese or mashed avocado instead of the cheese, and stuff with spinach or mushrooms instead of the ham.
Whatever you stuff it with, if you want to try lightening the dish you could bake it or air-fry it instead of pan frying.
If you don’t have time to make it from scratch today, you can buy frozen ones already made, ready to cook. These frozen ones often call for baking.
Or, you could treat yourself and dine out at a restaurant that is serving cordon bleu today!
Despite the French name, the dish “cordon bleu” as we know it is actually an American creation (though of course there were European antecedents). In France, “cordon bleu” means blue ribbon and typically is understood more to designate a level of achievement by a cook, as well as the famous cooking school in Paris of the same name.
The earliest print mention of a “Cordon Bleu Day” in April that CooksInfo has seen dates from 2005 in Michigan (affiliate papers in other states also carried the same blurb)
“Today is.. National Cordon Bleu Day.” — Battle Creek Enquirer. Battle Creek, Michigan. Monday, 4 April 2005. Page 5C, col. 3.
Fink, Merisa. Celebrate National Cordon Bleu Day. Today.com. 2 November 2015. Accessed March 2021 at https://www.today.com/food/celebrate-national-cordon-bleu-day-flna1C9005309
Milner, Hadassah Sabo. National Cordon Blue Day – Kosher Style. JoyOfKosher.com. 4 April 2012. Accessed March 2021 at https://www.joyofkosher.com/holidays/national-cordon-bleu-day/
NBC News. Celebrate National Cordon Bleu Day. 4 April 2011. Accessed December 2019 at https://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/celebrate-national-cordon-bleu-day-v6405267
Viggiano, Brooke. Why not celebrate National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day by making the dish. Houston Press. 3 April 2017. Accessed March 2021 at https://www.houstonpress.com/restaurants/how-to-make-chicken-cordon-bleu-9317941