Baked Macaroni

Filipino Style Recipe: Baked macaroni is one of the popular pasta dish that is commonly serve in any occasions. This dish is consists of macaroni pasta mixed together with meat sauce then topped with creamy white cheese. Baked until the topped cheese starts to light brown.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 20-25 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 15 minutes
Good for 2 baking pan(8x6inch)

Ingredients:
500 grams macaroni pasta

Meat Sauce:
500 grams ground beef
1 pack(150 grams) tomato paste
3 large-sized tomatoes, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, minced
1 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
sugar, salt and pepper to taste

White Toppings:
5 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 big can(380 grams) evaporated milk
80 grams Cheddar Cheese
40 grams Parmesan Cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat olive oil then add butter, ground beef and cook until starts to brown. Set aside.
2. In a same pan, saute garlic, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers until soft.
3. Add ground beef, beef broth, tomato paste and paprika then stir and simmer for 15 minutes or until meat is tender.
4. Season with sugar, salt and pepper to taste then cook for a minute.
5. Add cooked pasta then toss until well combined. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a separate pan, melt butter then add flour and stir until well blended.
2. Pour milk then bring to boil. Season with salt and pepper then stir until starts to thickens.
3. Add cheddar and Parmesan cheese then stir until melted and well blended. Set aside.

Part 4
1. In a baking pan, add macaroni mixture then spread evenly.
2. Pour cheese mixture on top then spread evenly and make sure to secure the edges.
3. Bake in a preheated oven over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until the top is light brown.
4. Remove from oven then let it cool for a while before serving. Enjoy!

Apple Bread Pudding

Filipino Style Recipe: apple bread pudding is a bread-based dessert popular in many countries including the Philippines. There are several ways to make bread pudding, normally the bread(leftover) break and then soak in milk, egg, sugar and other fruits. Bake for 30 minutes or until the knife comes out clean when inserted. Thanks to citydelivery.ph for delivering my ingredients from Walter Mart.

Estimated time of preparation: 10-12 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
6 slices white bread(leftover), break into pieces
1/2 apple, diced
1/2 apple, sliced(optional)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups evaporated milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Procedures:
1. In a 8 inch baking pan, toss bread and apples then drizzle the melted butter.
2. In a bowl, combine beaten eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread then push with fork until the bread is fully soaked.
4. Arrange apple slices on top then bake in a preheated oven over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the knife comes out clean when inserted.
5. Remove from oven and let it cool. Slice into serving pieces then serve.

(Thanks to Ms. Rochelle for sharing)

Mediterranean Chicken

Filipino Style Recipe: Mediterranean chicken is a delicious dish popular in western country. Chicken is marinated in different herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil together with lemon juice and olive oil. Then cooked in a oven or fry until tender. This is usually serve with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes(plus marinating time)
Estimated time of cooking: 25-30 minutes
Good for 2-3 persons

Ingredients:
2 pieces chicken thigh and legs, cleaned
aluminum foil

Marinade:
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
1 tablespoon finely chopped dried oregano
1 lemon, juice
1 teaspoon dried or fresh rosemary
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small-sized tomato, discard seeds and finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar(optional)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest(optional)

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, combine chicken and marinade for an hour or overnight inside the fridge.
2. In a non-stick baking pan, arrange marinated chicken and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with aluminum foil.
3. Bake in a preheat oven over 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
4. Transfer to serving plate then serve with steamed veggies and potatoes.

Notes:
1. You may also broiled chicken instead of baking.

Classic Bread Pudding

Filipino Style Recipe: Classic bread pudding is a bread-based dessert popular in many countries including the Philippines. There are several ways to make bread pudding, normally the bread(leftover) break and then soak in milk, egg, sugar and other fruits. Bake for 30 minutes or until the knife comes out clean when inserted. Most of my ingredients were delivered by Walter Mart – City Delivery.

Estimated time of preparation: 10-12 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
6 slices white bread(leftover)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups evaporated milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup raisins

Procedures:
1. In a 8 inch baking pan, break bread into small pieces then drizzle the melted butter and sprinkle the raisins.
2. In a bowl, combine beaten eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread then push with fork until the bread is fully soaked.
4. Bake in a preheated oven over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the knife comes out clean when inserted.
5. Remove from oven and let it cool. Slice into serving pieces then serve.

(Thanks to Ms. Rochelle for sharing)

Homemade Pizza Tortilla

Filipino Style Recipe: Homemade Pizza Tortilla is inspire to typical pizza made of oven-baked flat, round bread topped with tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings. I had left-over tortillas from previous company outing. Since I had some ingredients for pizza making, I decided to used tortillas as alternative to pizza crust. I like thin-crust so it is a good idea to used tortillas. I also have a tight budget so I used hotdog slices as alternative to pepperoni. You may choose various toppings based on your budget and what you prefer. Good luck and enjoy!

Good for 4 pizza tortillas

Ingredients:
4 pieces tortilla(8-10 inch diameter)
1 1/2 cup pizza sauce or tomato sauce
150 grams mozzarella cheese or quick melt, grated

Toppings:
1 medium-sized white onion, minced
1 large-sized green bell pepper, slice thinly
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
1/2 cup sliced button mushrooms
4 bacon slices, stir fry and cut into tidbits
4 pieces hotdog

Procedures:
Part 1.
1. In a pan, heat oil then fry the bacon but not too crispy. Drain on paper towel then cut into small pieces. Set aside.
2. In a same pan, fry hotdog then drain on paper towel. Slice diagonally then set aside.

Part 2
1. Place tortilla in a flat surface, ladle enough pizza sauce into the center and spread it out in a spiral motion. Leave about 1/2 inch of unsauced tortilla at the edges.
2. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top then arrange other toppings evenly.
3. Spread shredded cheese on top of the toppings. Repeat for remaining pieces.
4. Pre-heat oven over 200 degrees Fahrenheit then bake tortillas for 8-10 minutes or until the tortillas are crisp and the cheese is melted.
5. Remove from the oven then transfer to round sheet. Cut into 4-6 serving slices then serve with hot sauce.

Baked Breaded Fish Fillet

Filipino Style Recipe: Baked breaded fish fillet is another easy and simple fish dish. The fish fillet is usually marinated then dredge in flour, eggs and breadcrumbs. Bake until golden brown then serve with dipping sauce.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes(plus marinating time)
Estimated time of baking: 25-30 minutes
Good for 3-4 persons

Ingredients:
1 kilo boneless fish fillet(tilapia, milkfish, salmon, snapper)
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Marinade:
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons calamansi or lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil for frying

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Marinate fish in calamansi juice, paprika, salt and pepper for 10 minutes.
2. In a bowl, add beaten eggs and sesame oil. whisk well and set aside.
3. Dredge the fish in flour and shake off to remove excess flour.
4. Dip fish in egg mixture and press into bread crumbs to coat both sides.

Part 2
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Arrange breaded fish fillet in a baking pan then drizzle with olive oil.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Remove from the oven then transfer into serving plate with sour cream.

Muffin

Filipino Style Recipe: Muffin is popular pastry bread specially in United States. This bread is similar to cupcakes and usually serve during breakfast together with coffee, tea or other meals.

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 raw eggs
3/4 cup fresh milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt then mix well. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In an electric mixer, combine melted butter and sugar until well blended.
2. Add eggs, milk and vanilla then mix until to blended.
3. Gradually add the flour mixture then mix until well combined.

Part 3
1. In a muffin pan, grease with cooking spray or place paper cups.
2. Pour batter into each cups until 2/3 full.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit then bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.(Muffin is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)
4. Remove from the oven and let it cool before serving.

Baked Stuffed Bell Peppers

Filipino Style Recipe: Baked stuffed bell peppers is another special dish made of bell peppers filled with ground meat then topped with grated cheese. The stuffed bell peppers cooked in a oven until the cheese melts. You may also used leftover ground meat to lessen the time of preparation.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking and baking: 30 minutes
Good for 5 servings

Ingredients:
5-6 pieces bell peppers, large sized
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten(optional)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese(optional)

Filling:
300 grams ground beef/pork with fat
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1 tomatoes, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Cut each bell pepper in half, wash and remove seeds and membranes.
2. In a pan, boil water with salt then add bell peppers. Cook for 3 minutes then drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, cook beef until color turns to light brown and start to render oil.
2. Add garlic, onion and tomatoes then stir cook for 3-5 minutes or until soft.
3. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Let it cool and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a bowl, beat egg then add beef mixture. Mix well.
2. Fill each bell peppers with beef mixture then sprinkle with grated cheese on top.
3. Arrange bell peppers in a baking pan then bake over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve while hot.

Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Filipino Style Recipe: baked stuffed eggplant is a special dish made of eggplants filled with ground meat then topped with grated cheese. The stuffed eggplant cooked in a oven until brown and soft.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 20 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 60 minutes

Good for 8 pieces

Ingredients:
4 small eggplants
1/4 kilo ground pork or beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
5 tablespoons olive oil

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Cut the eggplant in half then remove the crown and the stem.
2. Scoop out the center leaving the skin 1/8 inch thick.
3. Chopped the eggplant pulp into small pieces. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and tomatoes.
2. Add chopped eggplant and cook for 3 minutes or until soft.
3. Add ground meat and saute until starts to brown.
4. Season with salt and pepper then cooked until the liquid absorbed. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a bowl, combine ground meat mixture, bread crumbs and egg. Mix until blended.

Part 4
1. Fill the eggplant with mixture then sprinkle with grated cheese.
2. Bake over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour or until brown and soft. Let it cool then serve.

(photo credit to motdakasha)

Black Forest Cake

Filipino Style Recipe: black forest cake is another sweet cake that is usually serve during special occasion or Holiday season. It is usually made with a layer of chocolate sponge cake, cherry syrup and whipping cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings and cherry then chilled before serving.

Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes(plus chilling time)
Estimated time of baking: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
Chocolate Sponge
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup olive oil

Whipping Cream
2 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnishing
chocolate shavings
1 jar of cherries in syrup, drain and reserve the syrup
4 teaspoons brandy(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1(Chocolate Sponge)
1. In a bowl, combine milk, eggs, sugar and olive oil. Mix well until sugar dissolves.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder. Mix until well blended.
3. Combine the two mixtures then whisk very well.

Part 2(Baking)
4. In a 9inch round cake pan, grease with melted butter then dust with flour.
5. Pour mixture then bake over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and let it cool then slice into 3 equal layers. Set aside.

Part 3(Whipping Cream)
1. In a bowl, combine whipping cream, sugar and vanilla essence then whisk until well blended. Set aside.

Part 4(Cherry Syrup and Brandy)
1. In a bowl, combine cherry syrup and brandy. Mix well and set aside.

Part 5(Assembly)
1. Take the bottom layer of the cake then spread a layer of cherry-brandy syrup then a layer of cream mixture.
2. Place the middle layer of the cake then repeat the procedure until the final layer.
3. Add a final layer of cream mixture all over the cake then sprinkle with chocolate shavings.
4. In a pastry bag, place the remaining cream mixture then decorate the cake and then top with fresh cherries.
5. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.