Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pasta fight.

We didn't really throw pasta at each other but it was a good competition. Sad thing was, we never found out who won. I guess the people behind it decided to forfeit everyone after they found out we ate the entries. Haha!

So the game started out with us clueless of what to cook that day. We had 15 minutes to view the ingredients and 30 minutes to create the recipe. Another 15 minutes to go back and acquire kitchen utensils and the exact amount of ingredients and an hour to cook everything and serve it on tables that were set up at the lobby for everyone to drool over. We were feeling a little bit edgy but it turned out fine. The theme was pasta.

Lucky me, pasta had been a staple in our home since time immemorial and the ingredients on the table were not Iron Chef peculiar so my team partner, Seanette and I did not only share the same name but the same sentiments over the task at hand as well. 

We decided on a creamy yet flavorful dish.

Chicken and Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo


500 g Fettuccine pasta, cooked
1/2 kg Chicken breast, deboned and chopped into small pieces
1 cup Button mushrooms (Champignons), halved
2 cups All-purpose cream
1 cup Evaporated milk or fresh milk
3 tbsp Butter
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 large White onion, minced
2 cubes Chicken bullion
1 block Cheddar or Parmesan cheese, grated
a handful of Parsley, a Lemon and bell pepper for garnishing (optional)

1. Set aside the cooked pasta as you work on the sauce.

2. Saute the garlic and onions in butter and then add the chicken. While chicken sizzles over low heat, crush the chicken bullion cubes in a bit of water (2-4 tbsp) then pour it over the chicken.

3. Mix constantly until the chicken bullion mixture dissolves and coats the chicken (about 5 minutes) then add the mushrooms. Saute for another 5 minutes, then pour in the all-purpose cream and the evaporated milk.

4. Stir the sauce constantly until it simmers. Taste it and add a little bit of powdered seasoning or salt if it's too bland for your taste. Throw in a pinch of minced parsley for color. Garnishing is a wonderful way to make your meal extra special. So if you have some fruits or vegetables handy, you can do whatever you like with it.

5. Place your fettuccine on a plate and pour over your desired amount of the chicken and mushroom Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese and indulge.

This is a succulent and flavorful dish so mouthwatering and easy to prepare that everyone will surely love. We may never know who won the game, but we surely filled ourselves with the reward. Ha ha!

Feast your eyes on these entries:

 An absurdly, excessively fully-loaded Carbonara 
(by Mimie and Hannah)

Spaghetti Meatball Bolognese
(by Theriz and her partner)

Lemon Chicken, Bacon and Cheese Wrapped in Naked Lasagna
(I forgot what Irving named this dish. It was a French-sounding made-up name. LOL)

Gosh! I'm starving!

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