Beef Nachos

1 large onion, minced
1/2 kilo ground beef
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pack 40g mcCormick Taco seasoning mix
2 piece tomatoes, minced,
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoon sour cream
4 tablespoon cheese spread
1 pack nachos chips

1. In a bowl, combine the beef and the taco seasoning mix. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and saute onion until translucent. Add the beef and continue suateing until the beef is browned and cooked, around 10-15 minutes. Transfer the beef in a plate with tissue to absorb excess oil.
2. In a big flat serving plate, arrange the nachos. Top with desire amount of grated cheese, beef, cabbage, tomatoes. Drizzle with sour cream and cheese spread.

Pan-Fried Pork Gyoza

gyoza or dumpling wrappers

4 cups cabbage, chopped into small pieces
250 grams ground pork
2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
salt and ground white pepper to taste
ground white pepper

Dipping Sauce:
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili

Part 1
1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and 1/2 teaspoon salt then let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Squeeze the cabbage firmly to discard excess water.
3. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, ground pork, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and ground white pepper then mix evenly with your hand.

Part 2
1. Scoop a spoonful of mixture then place in the center of wrapper.
2. Moisten the entire edge of wrapper with water then fold in half.
3. Seal and crimp the edges then press against bottom into sheet pan.
4. Repeat the procedures to remaining mixture.

Part 3
1. In a pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil then arrange dumplings in it flat side facing down.
2. Cook the bottom for a few minutes until light browned.
3. Slowly pour hot water until half submerged. Cover and cook until the water has evaporated.
4. Transfer the Gyoza into plate then serve with dipping sauce.

Watermelon Salad

1/2 head green ice Lettuce, remove leaves and tear into serving pieces
2 slices watermelon, cut into cubes
200 grams grilled meat(pork, beef or lamb), cut into small pieces
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olives(optional)
2 tablespoons capers(optional)
1/2 cup balsamic dressing

1. In a large bowl, arrange lettuce, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, olives and capers.
2. Add grilled meat then drizzle with balsamic dressing. Serve immediately.

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

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

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.

Broccoli and Cheese

Filipino Style Recipe: Broccoli and Cheese is a simple side item that can be served together with your favorite dish. It is consists of steamed broccoli topped with cheese sauce.

2 cups broccoli florets, steamed

Cheese Sauce:
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup non-fat milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat then add flour, milk, mustard and salt.
2. Whisk until begins to thicken. Add cheese then continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from heat.
3. Pour cheese sauce over broccoli. Serve.

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.

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

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.

Steamed Shrimp

Filipino Style Recipe: Steamed Shrimp is a simple but tasty shrimp dish, the shrimps steamed in a salted water until cooked then serve with spicy vinegar.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 5-7 minutes

500 grams shrimp
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1. In a saucepan, boil enough water with salt and lemon juice.
2. Arrange shrimp in a steamer rack or wire colander then season with garlic powder, salt and ground pepper. (Do not allow water to come through the steamer rack.)
3. Steam the shrimp for 5 minutes or until color turns to pink.
4. Let it cool then serve with spicy vinegar.

Crispy Oyster Mushroom

Filipino Style Recipe: Crispy Oyster Mushroom is a simple yet standout dish made of oyster mushroom coated in batter then deep-fried until medium brown. This is usually serve as appetizer or pulutan.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 8 minutes

150 grams oyster Mushroom, clean, rinse and pat dry
cooking oil for frying

2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup ice cold water
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt and white pepper to taste

1. In a bowl, combine batter ingredients and whisk well. Mixture should not too runny or thicken.
2. In a pan, heat enough oil for frying.
3. Dip oyster mushroom into batter then fry until medium brown. Drain on paper towel.
4. Transfer to serving bowl then serve with your favorite dip.

Spicy Hotdog and Cheese

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy Hotdog and Cheese is another simple yet delicious dish made of hotdog and cubed cheese cooked in spicy red sauce. This can be served as appetizer or pulutan together with ice cold beer.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 10 minutes
Good for 2 persons

8 pieces hotdog, cut into 1 inch thick
100 grams cheddar cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
100 grams tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 white onion, chopped

1. In a pan, heat oil then saute hotdog until cook.
2. Add onion, cheese, tomato sauce and hot sauce then cook for 3-5 minutes.
3. Transfer to serving plate or sizzling plate. Serve immediately.

Toasted Garlic Pandesal

Filipino Style Recipe: Toasted Garlic Pandesal is a simple side dish that can be serve together with pasta or with coffee. The pandesal cut into half then spread with garlic-butter mixture. Toast in a oven until crispy and golden.

4 large-sized whole wheat pandesal, cut in half horizontally
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 cloves garlic, minced
fresh parsley, minced

Part 1
1. In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic and parsley then mix well.
2. Spread the mixture over the bread then arrange in a baking pan.

Part 2
1. In a preheated oven, bake the bread over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until crispy and golden.
2. Transfer into serving platter then serve immediately.