Monday, September 27, 2010

Chicken Stroganoff with Penne Pasta

Stroganoff sounds like a music composer to me. Like he could be Bach or Mozart's friend in their elite group. All talking and puffing on their cigars. Laughing at the world. 

But on Sunday night - Stroganoff was my friend. We did a little dance and got along famously. 

What you need:
About 2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
600g diced chicken
1 tin sliced button mushrooms
3 tablespoons tomato paste
300g sour cream

What to do:

1) Melt some butter in a frying pan, add the onion and cook until soft then add the garlic and cook for less than 1 minute. Remove.

2) Melt some butter over high heat and brown the chicken in batches. Set aside with the onion and garlic.

3) In the same pan, brown the mushrooms for 2 minutes.

4) Return the onion, garlic and chicken to the pan and mix.  Take the pan off the stove, and stir in tomato paste and sour cream.

5) Return to the heat and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture has thickened. Reduce the heat and cook till chicken has cooked through - about 5 minutes. Season well with salt and black pepper.

Serve with penne pasta and some salad on the side with dressing of your choice.

The portion is easily enough for 4 persons if there are side dishes like salad etc.
This is a great alternative to my usual Beef Bolognese or once-in-a-while Carbonara.
If you have some leftover sour cream, why not try these delish Choc Cup Cakes

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thin Crust Beef Pepperoni Pizza using Pita Bread

So I'm a thin crust kinda girl. There is something about the crispiness of the thin crust which I absolutely love. I also find that with the thin crust, I am able to enjoy the pizza toppings better as my mouth is not full with thick pizza crust. So when my sister gave me this terrific tip on how to make thin crust pizzas I just had to try it. 

I started my pizza making adventure here. I thought it was easy and fast to make. After trying the frozen pizza base with the bad English on the packaging, I wanted to try making pizza using pita bread. Actually pita bread pizza is fairly popular and my sis-in-law makes great pizza using pita bread.

So back to the thin crust. I sliced the pita bread horizontally. 
I then spread the base with tomato paste and added beef pepperoni.
Lastly added the grated mozzarella cheese on top. 
Baked it in a pre-heated oven at 200C for ten minutes.
A good tip I learnt while researching different pizza making techniques was that you should start sprinkling the toppings and cheese from the outside in. This way it's easier not to miss the sides.

We preferred the thin crust to the frozen base pizza base. It was so crisp. Loved it. I am definitely a thin crust kinda girl.

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