Showing posts with label USA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label USA. Show all posts

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

American Macaroni Cheese

I had been informed by my Girlfriend that the way I used to make Macaroni Cheese which involved cooking pasta and adding a block of cheese was not the way it should be made. So I decided to search for an American recipe and see how it would come out making it the real way.

The recipe I found was from Food.com but provided the ingredients in cup format, with the metric option to switch not being so clear either. I tested out my theory for converting and it all seemed to work out ok.

The below ingredients provided enough to feed 4 -5 people, especially if you are going to have some garlic bread on the side like we did.

Ingredients

500g Macaroni
30g Butter
2 Onions (chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
30g Flour
700ml Milk
½ teaspoon black pepper
360g Mature Cheddar Cheese (grated)




Method

Preheat oven to 180° / Gas mark 4

1. Cook the macaroni as the packet instructs and set to one side

2. Over a medium heat melt the butter in a saucepan

3. Add the onions and garlic to the butter and stir for a few minutes

4. Add the flour to the mixture and stir until all the flour has been mixed together

5. Pour all the milk in to the saucepan and continually stir until the mixture starts to thicken

6. A handful at a time add the cheese while still stirring, keep doing this until all the cheese has been added and has melted

7. Pour the sauce and macaroni in to an over proof dish

8. Cook for 30 minutes with no lid


While making this the girlfriend was concerned that the sauce was not thick enough before being placed in the oven, but after cooking for 30 minutes and then cooling down for 5 minutes while we waiting for the garlic bread it seemed to turn out great.

It was certainly a change from my usual method of making this dish, but I am happy to say this was just as delicious.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Chicken and Chorizo Gumbo

Gumbo is a popular dish in the USA and I had never tried it before. So when my girlfriend suggested that we have it for dinner one night I thought sure why not, she normally picks tasty meals.

And I was not wrong to agree as it was so full of flavour and left me wanting more.

The below method is for cooking on a hob, but you can just as easily cook this in a slow cooker for 6-7 hours on a low setting.

Ingredients

1 Can of chopped tomatoes
50g Flour
75ml cooking oil
2 Onions (chopped)
2 Peppers (sliced)
500g Chicken breast (diced)
1 ring of Chorizo (sliced)
3 Garlic cloves (grated)
1 tablespoon Oregano
1 tablespoon Basil
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Cayan pepper
1 teaspoon Cajun spice
1 tablespoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Chilli flakes
1 teaspoon Pepper
1 litre Chicken Stock

Method

1. Mix the flour and the oil together in a pan to make a Roux

2. Add the chicken and chorizo to the roux and fry

3. Set the chicken and Chorizo to one side

4. Add all the spices to the pan and cook for a few minutes stirring constantly

5. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and allow to simmer for 10 minutes

6. Add the chicken and chorizo to the pan

7. Pour over the chicken stock and allow to simmer for 30 minutes

8. Serve with rice or couscous if you prefer


The above provided enough for the two of us to have dinner that night with left overs to have for lucnch the following day. Although I very nearly decided to have my lunch the same night because of how good it was.

If seafood is your thing then you can even add shrimp to this recipe, but we're not huge fans so left it out. Another addition that is essential to traditional Gumbo is Okra, but in the UK we found this really hard to find in the stores. Your best bet if you want to get some Okra though is to try your local corner shop.