Oysters in Adobo Sauce


Ingredients:
500 grams fresh oysters(talaba), cleaned and drained
3 tablespoons canola oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
12 pieces peppercorns
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 green chili(siling haba), sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and peppercorns.
2. Add oysters and vinegar then cook until almost dry and brownish.
3. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a same pan, pour soy sauce and water then bring to boil.
2. Add green chili and simmer until liquid is reduced.
3. Put back the oysters then adjust seasoning according to taste.
4. Simmer for a minute then turn off the heat. Serve with steamed rice.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls

Filipino Style Recipe: Cheesy mashed potato balls or croquette is a small fried breadcrumbed ball filled with mozzarella.

Good for 15 pieces

Ingredients:
3 medium size potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 tablespoons chopped spring onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
breadcrumbs
1 raw egg, beaten
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter, softened
mozzarella, cut into small cubes
cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
1. In pot, boil water with 1 teaspoon salt then cook potatoes until soft. Drain.
2. In a mixing bowl, mash potatoes then mix together with butter, salt and spring onion until well blended.
3. Scoop a tablespoon of mash potato then roll into ball. Fill with each ball with mozzarella.
4. In a bowl, mix egg and flour until well blended then dip each ball into mixture.
5. Roll into breadcrumbs until evenly coated.
6. Deep fry each ball until golden brown. Drain.
7. Transfer into serving plate then serve with your favorite dip.

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Fritters

Ingredients:
2 medium sweet potato, peeled and julienned
1 cup sliced mushroom
1 cup chopped spinach
100 grams flour
1/4 cup milk
1 raw egg
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil for frying
Mint leaves for garnishing (optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour, milk, and egg then season with sugar and salt.
2. Continue stirring until well blended.
3. Add spinach, sweet potato and mushroom then mix until evenly coated.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil then scoop a tablespoon of mixture. Fry over low heat until golden brown both side. Drain on paper towels.
2.Transfer to serving plate then garnish with mint leaves. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Baked Bacon Oysters

Filipino Style Recipe: Baked Bacon Oysters is another easy and simple dish made of fresh oysters, steamed until the shells open then baked together with bacon and cheese.

Ingredients:
24 fresh oysters
8 bacon strips
1 tablespoons chopped parsley
100 grams cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pan, cook bacon over medium heat until shrunk but not crisp. Drain on paper towel.
2. Chop bacon into pieces and tidbits. Set aside.

Part 2
1. Rinse and brush oysters to remove dirt.
2. Steam oysters for 3-5 minutes or until shells open.
3. Remove top shells using a knife.

Part 3
1. Arrange oysters in a baking pan, add bacon tidbits then cover each oyster with cheese.
2. Bake in a preheated oven over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
3. Transfer to serving plate, top with bacon pieces then sprinkle with parsley.
4. Serve immediately.

Nachos with Chili Con Carne

Filipino Style Recipe: Nachos with Chili Con Carne is a Mexican dish usually served as snack. The dish is consist of tortilla chips covered with chili con carne, sour cream and cheese.
Ingredients:
100 grams tortilla chips
1/4 cup sour cream
1 Jalapeño pepper, sliced
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
2/3 cup cheese sauce/spread

Chili Con Carne:
500 grams ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons cayenne or chili powder
1 medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 large-sized tomatoes, chopped
1-2 teaspoons dried or fresh oregano(optional)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup beef stock or water
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part1
1. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the ground beef. Cook over a medium heat until color turns to brown.
2. Saute the onion, garlic and chilli. After sauteing, mix with ground beef and simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Add beef stock, tomato paste and tomatoes then simmer for 20 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
4. Add the oregano, cumin and bell pepper then adjust seasoning according taste.

Part 2
1. Place nachos in a serving plate, add chili con carne on top.
2. Drizzle with sour cream and cheese.
3. Sprinkle with olives, onions and jalapeno. Serve.

Pinaksiw na Hito sa Soda

Filipino Style Recipe: Pinaksiw na hito sa soda is another quick and easy fish dish by Filipinos. Instead of traditional paksiw which has a sour and salty taste. This version of paksiw has an additional sweet flavor coming from soda. The dish can be served together with steamed rice or sometimes as pulutan(appetizer or finger food) with cold beer.

Ingredients:
2 pieces large-sized catfish
6 gloves garlic, pounded
1 onion, chopped
1 thumb-sized ginger, sliced and pounded
4 tablespoons vinegar
3 cups soda(sprite or 7-up)
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
salt and vinegar for washing

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Rub catfish with salt then wash in vinegar.
2. Cut into 3-4 slices then rinse in running water. Set aside.

Part 1
1. In a large pot, arrange garlic, onions and ginger at the bottom.
2. Arrange sliced catfish then pour vinegar, soda, olive oil, salt and ground pepper.
3. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce reduced.
4. Remove from heat then serve hot with steamed rice. Enjoy

Ensaladang Repolyo

Filipino Style Recipe: Ensaladang talong or Cabbage salad is another easy and simple salad that usually served as side dish. It is consists of branch cabbage toss with tomatoes and onions then serve with fermented fish sauce or toyo-mansi.

Estimated time of preparation and cooking: 20 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
1 small size cabbage, cut into seving pieces
4 medium size tomatoes, chopped
1 large size white onion, chopped thinly
3 tablespoons fermented fish sauce (bagoong isda)
2 tablespoons vinegar

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Blanch cabbage in a boiling water for a minute, Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large bowl, toss cabbage and other ingredients.
2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cheesy Paprika Fries

Filipino Style Recipe: Cheesy paprika fries is a popular snacks made of potatoes cut into sticks then deep fried until crisp. Toss with cheese, paprika, garlic and salt powder.

Ingredients:
4 large potatoes, washed and dried
2 cups peanut oil
1/2 cup cheese powder
1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch-thick sticks.
2. In a small bowl, combine cheese powder, Spanish paprika, garlic powder and salt until blended. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In deep pan, heat oil then fry potatoes for crisp. Drain.
2. Combine fries and powder mixture, toss to coat then serve with dressing.

Steamed Okra with Shrimp Paste

Filipino Style Recipe: Steamed Okra with Shrimp Paste is an easy and simple Filipino dish. We usually served this every morning together with fried rice.

Ingredients:
10 pieces okra, trimmed
2 tablespoons sauteed shrimp paste (recipe)

Procedures:
1. In a steamer, steam okra for 10 minutes then transfer to ice water for 3 minutes to stop cooking. Drain.
2. Transfer okra into serving plate then serve with sauteed shrimp paste. Enjoy!

Fried Anchovy Salad

Filipino Style Recipe: Fried Anchovy Salad is a simple and easy yet delicious salad. The sweetness of the dressing and the saltiness of anchovy makes this salad so special.

Ingredients:
1 pack green and purple lettuce
1/4 cup fried achovies
2 tablespoons black olives, pitted
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
Mayonnaise (optional)

For the dressing:
1/4 cup Greek dressing
2 tablespoon honey

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine Greek dressing and honey then mix well.

Part 2
1. In a large big bowl, tear lettuce into serving pieces.
2. Add the black olives, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber.
3. Add fried anchovies on top then garnish with honey dressing and mayonnaise.
4. Serve immediately as appetizer.