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Ho Ho Ho Marry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah
To ALL My Friends and Family, and to all my Facebook and Twitter friends.
Tis the season to be grateful for our health, happiness and family!
This holiday season everyone will get together to celebrate the holidays. many of you will be hosting a get together cooking up a storm for special friends and family. The task can be undaunting. yes, you may have the local caterer prepare the meal or you can go to the wholesale clubs too.
Chef Woo Can will suggest some easy tips on preparing the most delicious dishes and they are not necessarily Asian dishes! Here I go:
-Lasagna. One of the most favorite side dishes or any occasion. A lot of work involved with cooking the pasta. It's not exactly the traditional way but like any dish being prepared, its the prepping part that takes so much time.
First buy a box of lasagna pasta. Get a Pyrex dish or aluminum tray based on the # of guests. Buy ground beef, season with salt and pepper and cook well done and drain the oil and set aside. Buy the Ricotta cheese, add 1 egg or 2 depending on how much Ricotta cheese is being used. if buying a large container may require 2 eggs. if you have dried parley, just add about a teaspoon in Ricotta cheese mixture. Add 1/4 cup of bread crumbs to bind the Ricotta cheese mixture, while cracking 1 or 2 eggs in the cheese mix.
Purchase a block of Mozzarella cheese and dice ahead of time, or use package shredded cheese.
Lastly, buy your favorite tomato sauce already ready to pour. With all the cheese, family and friends won't tell its ready made sauce.
Take the pan, add some sauce to prevent sticking. Add 1 layer of lasagna pasta (RAW), add 1 layer of ground beef, 1 layer of Ricotta cheese mixture and a layer of diced Mozzarella cheese and add a layer of tomato sauce. Then add another layer of raw Lasagna pasta and continue the process. You should have at least 3 layers. The final layer of raw Lasagna pasta, add sauce, and diced Mozzarella cheese. Cover and seal with aluminum foil. The steam and heat generated by sauce will cook the raw pasta,
Cook the pan at about 300 degrees on medium for 45-1 hour. Check after 50 minutes whether lasagna pasta is cooked. if not wait a little longer. meanwhile all the flavors of beef, cheeses and sauce will fuse together.
When done, allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. The bread crumbs in the Ricotta cheese mixture will give the cheese body when cutting.
You did it.
Happy Holidays from Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocanmaryland.com