Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chicken Lasagna Treat

First, I would like to apologize for not be able to provide you the photo of the lasagna that I made this weekend, as after I pull it out from oven, the hungry little monsters (lol) immediately delved into the pan and finished them off before my busy mind thought of taking a snap of it for my blog. So, what I can offer you is the image from the world wide web, which I grab from this site, which I think was almost identical to the look of my lasagna, specially the little burnt cheese on top.

Now, off to my chicken lasagna.

     The Spaghetti Sauce (the red one)
250 g ground chicken
1 onion, chopped
garlic, chopped (if you like garlic, you can put as much as you like)
1 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil (or any veg oil)
3 very red tomatoes (remove the skin and chopped)
half cup ketchup (i like to use this as i do not need to put sugar)
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the pan and put the butter and oil. Saute the garlic, onion, ground chicken, respectively. Let it stand for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and stand again for 1-2 minutes. Pour the ketchup and water, stir. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are crushed. Add salt and pepper and taste. Make sure that the water evaporates and has the proper consistency, not too watery or not too thick. Set aside.

     The Balsamella (the white one)
People use different kind of cheese in their balsamella, but since cheese is quite expensive here, a simple cheddar cheese is enough for my balsamella. So for the balsamella, you need the following:
half cup of milk (not powdered :p)
half cup grated cheese
1 egg (I use egg as thickener not flour as I do not like the flour-ery taste)

In a sauce pan, pour the milk and heat it but do not boil. Using the whisk, stir the milk and put the cheese in it. Make sure that your fire is low so that you will not boil the milk. Continue stirring until the cheese melts and the milk reduced by one fourth. Remove from fire and continue stirring until the temperature is reduced. When the milk-cheese sauce is warm but not hot anymore, put the egg and whisk till the egg is dissolved. If there are traces of eggs in your sauce, that means your milk was hot and it cooked the egg, which is not good. If you got it correctly, now set it aside and move to the next step.

     The Noodle!
Some people boil the lasagna noodles which I do not do. Lasagna is cooked in the oven so there's no need to boil the noodles as it will be cooked there too. So, what should we do with the noodles? In a deep flat basin with full of water, soak 8 pieces of the lasagna noodles (my pan is quite small so I use 8 strips only).
I use this Barilla Lasagna noodles. It has enough noodles for 3 cooking.

      The Cheese!
Well, as I have said, since cheese is quite expensive and rare here in my place, I use what's available only, that's cheddar cheese and mozzarella. Just grate separately these two cheeses which will be used as toppings later. (You can use ricotta cheese instead of cheddar, if ricotta is available).

     Assembly Time!
Now, in your lasagna pan, grease it with butter, then arrange the lasagna noodles, put the red sauce, then the white sauce, then the cheeses, and repeat until no more ingredient left. On top of it, put the mozzarella cheese first then followed by the cheddar (or ricotta). I noticed that when mozzarella is burnt, it's not so nice, it doesn't have the gooeyness of the cheese, so I always put is below the other cheese.

     It's Almost Ready!
In a pre-heated oven, bake the lasagna for 180 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes. It is ready when you see that the top is brownish already. Let is stand for 10 minutes after baking so that it will be firm (but with kids like mine, it didn't even last for 10 minutes hehehe).

     It's Ready!
Cut in squares (or rectangle for more serving lol) and serve with garlic bread (I'll post the recipe next time) and a nice iced tea. Enjoy!


Josie said...

gone in 10 minutes ba, lol. I haven't tried baking lasagna, but you made it look easy to do, maybe one these days or in time for the noche buena I can try it. :)

w0rkingAth0mE said...

i really love pasta, this recipe must be try thanks for sharing

geeten said...

thanks for this recipe. i love lasagna! melted cheese on top? that definitely makes me drool.

lose weight said...

If you want to lose weight, I say, don't give up to eat salads and soups.

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