Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What's for Dinner?

Creamy & Cheesy Dinner that would make you go Mmmmhhhhmm....Humma2.
I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm the type of guy who would not go for rice that often.I like to vary the food I eat...Varying from rice to noodles to potatoes to bread to pasta and the list goes on and on...

I have tried making three simple great western dishes that I would like to share with you guys.As usual, I got most of the recipes from my favourite website, allrecipes.com and other websites on the internet.I then modify them a bit here and there according to the reviews and my own preferences. Lets get started, shall we?

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese


Homemade Mac & Cheese..Say no no to ready-made ones..

Ingredients: 
2 cups uncooked macaroni
75 gram butter (5 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups of milk
2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese 
1/4 cup of processed cheese ( ex : velveeta) Mozarella and parmesan mix together are also nice
2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon butter

This recipe is suitable for a 1-1/2-quart baking dish (about 8 x 8 inch).The baking dish I used was bigger so I made a bigger portion of the recipe.The amount of cheese is actually up to you.If you like the mac & cheese to be cheesy and not too dry, put in more cheese and milk.
  1. Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package. 
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat while stirring in flour, salt and pepper until smooth.Add milk gradually. Bring the mixture to boil and keep stirring for 2 minutes or until it thickens.Reduce the heat.
  3. Add both of the cheeses into the mixture, stir until they are melted.
  4. Drain the macaroni and transfer it to the baking dish.Pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni.Mix it well.
  5. Melt one tablespoon butter and add in bread crumbs.Sprinkle this over the top of the macaroni.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees celcius) for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  7. Eat and say Mmmhhhmmmmm...sedapnye...

Spaghetti with creamy white sauce

It should look a bit like this...

But the one I did turned out looking pale cuz I didn't have basil and parsley..hee


Ingredients:
250 gram spaghetti or the portion for 4 person
1/2 cup butter ( 115g )
1 package cream cheese  (225 g)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 cups milk
3/4 cup (180g) grated parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
a dash of nutmeg powder (1/8 teaspoon)
parsley
basil for decoration
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add cream cheese and garlic powder, whisk until smooth.Add milk gradually, whisking to smooth out lumps.
  2. Stir in parmesan, pepper and nutmeg.When the sauce has reached desired texture, remove it from the heat.Sauce with thicken rapidly.If you like you sauce to be a lil bit watery, add milk.
  3. Pour the sauce on the pasta and serve.Top it with basil or parsley.
Tips:
Whisking is better then just stirring to make the sauce smoother.Make sure you have a whisk with you.Don't use high heat.Don't worry if the butter and cream cheese did not blend smoothly,after adding milk it'll become smoother and creamy.If you think the sauce is a lil bit too sour, add milk and a lil bit of salt.


Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Gravy 


Mashed potatoes with brown sauce


Ingredients:
6 medium potatoes, peeled cubed
1/2 cup warm milk
1/4 cup butter ( 60g) , melted
3/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper (1/8 teaspoon) add more according to your preference
1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream

  1. Place the potatoes in a pot.Cover the potatoes with water, add a bit of salt and bring to boil.Cook for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.Check by piercing the potatoes with a fork.
  2. Drain the potatoes. Mash the potatoes until slighly smooth.
  3. Add milk, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper. Continue to mash until light and fluffy.
  4. Taste for seasoning.If you think it's too salty add milk.If it's a bit tasteless add salt or paper.I normally don't follow the exact recipe and just go on trusting my taste bud in adding salt and pepper.Hee.. 
  5. Your mashed potatoes can now be eaten on it's own.
Tips:
Use warm milk does make a lot of difference.It makes it creamy and delicious.

There are so many recipes for the gravy, but i would go for this one based on the reviews.

Ingredients for gravy:
4 tablespoon butter
2 chopped onions ( bawang besar)
1/4 cup all -purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock (or use maggi cube)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cook the onions over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned.Make sure the onions are well cooked.
  2. Whisk in flour into the pan, then add the salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes
  4. Add hot chicken stock and cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes, until the sauce thickened.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream if desired.
  6. If you like the sauce to be darker brown, add a bit of soya sauce.
So there you have it...recipes for a great dinner..Have fun cooking!!!
Till the next post, Tschuess und mach's gut!!!

45 comments:

Cinta Emy said...

fuuhh,nmpak sedap.terliur pagi2 nie.nnt nk try kt umah bt sume resepi u nie.ahaks~
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nasazfrog... said...

perghh... nampak sungguh lazat tu... tgh lapar...

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to cinta emy:
Haha..good2..nanti give it a try k..

to nasazfrog:
Sebenarnya tengah lapar gak ni..howoe

Nadia R. said...

Drooling! Gonna try soon! Thanks!

Qarl said...

grrrr....

envy at the same time impressed

well done, mr.chef!

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to nadia:
Great..have fun trying..nanti bagitau the result k

to qarl:
Thanx qarl..

shukrin farahdiba @ ceklala said...

omg! pepagi dah kasi resepi nih! harus dicuba!hehe

eqhaZIN said...

peh!
bley try gk niey.
*tp tah jd ke tidak. ayam msk kicap pon ak xpna msk! haha.

myezatul aQma said...

uhuh !mashed potato yummy(^__^)

Alexandriana Alia said...

SPAGHETI tu nampak best!

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to shukrin:
hehe selamat mencuba ye..

to eqha:
Insyaallah jadi nye..

to myezatul:
Mashed potato tu mmg senang je nak buat..tapi time nak mashed tu yg penat skit..haha

to Alexandriana:
hee..yup2

Mimie said...

wow! bestnya tengok gmbar makanan tu.. tapi nak masak macam susah je.. hehe

qiqi said...

sume food tu i dh salu wat kat umah!
besh! cdap!
yummy3! ^_^

mishylipcious said...

yummiii...look nice beb....
lapoorr...ngeee...:)

d_LA said...

aiyarkkkk..lapar tengok sume tu..

asybedazzle said...

grr, tempting semuanya!

nik farina aishah.... :) said...

mak ai, sedapnye ... nik nk cube la nty .. thanks ye bg resepi .. :)

a'da syuhaida said...

sedapnye..nanti kena try nih . =))

Paklung Tony said...

Hello, Good Morning!

I have my own perfect receipts for them, different than u, i do not have a receipt, but use intuition as the main intridigient.... hahaha :)

.:rizaL:. said...

NABIL...im gonna kill u 4 making me hungry..haha.. just had my dinner n now reading ur blog, making me feel like going to midvalley and eat at Delicious. hv a visit at mine ya? ehhe

miss suju said...

Look delicios..^^
gonna try make one like that next time..

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to mimie:
Eh x susah la..bleh buat tu..

to qiqi:
Sedap kan..kadang2 tukar makan pasta best gak

to mishylipcious:
ngeee..:p

to asybedazzle:
Try la buat..

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to nik farina:
No problem..sharing is caring kan?

to a'da syuhaida:
yeah2..u should

to paklung tony:
Haha..yeah..sometimes ur own instinct is better..

ro rizal:
hoho..ganas sampai nak kill..hee

to miss juju:
dah buat let me know k..

.:pUbLiC_eNeMy:. said...

nabil, send me some..im hungry...hehehehe.. :D

qiqi said...

i mmng gler pasta kot! haha
wajib buat at least once a month.
^_^
bg la recipe lg, mne tw leh try sumting new!

anntaj said...

pandai u masak...

Nurul said...

Wowwee.. Dap ohh.. Marry me nabil. lolololololol

farah booboo said...

nyumm2!! sedapnya!!
boleh cuba ni!
thanks nabil! :)

Kembali Senyum said...

nak itu spaghetti.
pale pun pale lah. haha

ika-kuchee said...

mana dapat recipe ni ?
anyway thnks fr sharing this to us :)

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to public enemy:
Kalau kalau hantar x sedap dah la..kena try buat baru ada kick

to qiqi:
erk..i buat simple2 je..orang bujang la katakan..hee

to anntaj:
Saya budak baru belajar..

to nurul:
ROFL..haha..terus nak kawen ke?

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to public enemy:
Kalau kalau hantar x sedap dah la..kena try buat baru ada kick

to qiqi:
erk..i buat simple2 je..orang bujang la katakan..hee

to anntaj:
Saya budak baru belajar..

to nurul:
ROFL..haha..terus nak kawen ke?

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to farah:
No need to thank me..selamat mencuba

to kembali senyum:
Haha..nanti nak buat beli parsley semua k..xde la pale sangat..

to ika:
Recipe i dapat mostly from allrecipe.com.pastu baca reviews and try buat sendiri..tukar2 skit ikut citarasa..

teacher anis said...

dasyatlah nabil..nampak sedap..kalau bukak restoran and letak gambar cenggini depan restoran.mesti ramai org masuk

gadisBunga said...

salam singgah dari blog igossip rizal..

pandai masak kamu ni!

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to teacher anis:
Haha..ye ke? tengok gambar cam simple je..kena practice more on culinary arts..baru leh bukak restaurant..hehe

to gadisBunga:
hehe..baru berjinak2...

kuperludia said...

you make me feel hungry..ouhhh

sharina said...

wow..pandainya masak..
nampak cam sedap je.. senang, takyah g beli kat kfc mashed potato tu haha..

:D

:: Little Kouru:: said...

Everytime ziza pergi blog Nabil ni mesti dia sajikan entry pasal makan je.Entry lain tak ade ke?? tengah2 duduk kat hostel ni mana nak carik bhn nak buat makanan. I guess you better amik culinary course dari dululah Nabil..hehe

Pirate said...

U cook this? WOw....

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to kuperludia:
Hehe..sorry..cepat2 gi dapur try new recipe

to sharina:
Betul2...kfc nyer mashed potato instant tambah air je..buat sendiri lagi puas makan..

to little kouru:
Haha..thought so u would say that..skang ni minat plak post pasal makanan sebab bila xde benda nak buat je kat umah, try recipe baru.howoe..

to Pirate:
Yeah...

D'lla said...

walla..nk try la..
:)
i love baking too..but times & benda xcukup hahaa
err buln 8 dh posa..kuih rayamesti buat..
balik malaya trus bulan 8 ni

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to D'lla:
You should do baking now..sebab barang2 kat sana mesti lagi murah than in Malaysia.owh I balik gak raya tahun ni..insyaallah end of july..

sweetgirl91 said...

sedapnyaaaa!!!! emmmmm...nak try buat la nnt..hehehe :)

sweetgirl91 said...

sedapnyaaaa!!! emmmmm...nnt sy nak try buat...hehe:)