Hosting Christmas Party this year? Try it with Perfect Italiano.

Every Christmas our family will have a Big Christmas Party. As far as I can remember, it’s always been the ‘whole clan’ coming together in someone’s house and everyone will bring a dish or two. We always host it at home because it’s so much easier to host 15-20 persons in one of our homes. It’s also cosier and everyone (including the kids) can show off their cooking skills!  Last year, the youngest in the clan prepared a simple dish – asparagus wrapped in bacon.  It tasted great!

I was recently given packs of Perfect Italiano Parmesan, Mozzarella and Perfect Bakes to try out some dishes based on the Perfect Italiano FoodFixesIn15 Festive Menu. We have prepared similar dishes at home but I want to test the recipes exactly and see how it comes out.

I tried out these two dishes:
Turkey and Mushroom Pasta Bake and Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Dish 1: Turkey and Mushroom Pasta Bake

You can view the FoodFixesIn15’s video here:
http://perfectitaliano.com.sg/foodfixesin15-recipe/turkey-and-mushroom-pasta-bake

This is what I did:

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Mise en place. You should always gather all your ingredients before you start, so you won’t forget anything. Even experts forget, so lay it all out.

The Ingredients:
Perfect Italiano Perfect Bakes – 200 gm
Rigatoni or Penne Pasta – 400 gm
Turkey Ham or Breast, sliced thinly – 200 gm
Button Mushrooms, finely sliced – 100 gm
Sliced Onions – 50 gm
Sliced Garlic – 50 gm
Olive Oil – 3 tablespoon
Tomato Pasta Sauce – 500 ml
Cooking Cream – 150 ml
Chopped Italian Parsley – 1 tablespoon
Salt and Pepper – to taste.

You probably have some of the ingredients at home.  I only needed to get Turkey Slices, Button Mushrooms and Cooking Cream. I love mushrooms, so I used 200 gm instead. I also used Rosemary instead of Parsley.

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Cook the pasta in salted water till al dente, then strain.
I usually set the timer, because I might just get distracted and forget.

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While the pasta is cooking, I saute the onions and garlic with olive oil. When it’s fragrant, I added the mushrooms and turkey.

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After around 2-3 minutes, I added the tomato pasta sauce and the cooking cream.

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A few stirs and it looks like this. Quite easy, isn’t it?
Now wait for the timer to sound and strain your pasta.

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When the pasta is ready, mixed it into the sauce.

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Give it a good stir and turn off the fire.
Taste it and add salt and pepper accordingly.

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Next, dish the pasta into an big enough oven proof plate.

Perfect Bakes is a new product that was just launched this month. It’s a full flavoured Cheddar blend with some Mozzarella for stretch and Parmesan for bite.

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Top up the dish with Perfect Italiano Perfect Bakes and wait for the magic to happen!

If you are serving this for Christmas, you can probably set it aside and only put it in the oven when your guests arrives.

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Bake the pasta in a pre-heated oven.

Their recipe says it serves 4. If you serve this for Christmas, it can probably serve 8 people if you have many dishes to share.

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Depending on your oven, the recipe says 20 minutes or until cheese melts to golden brown.
I took mine out after 12 minutes.

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Sprinkle some herbs over it and serve.

Does it look easy? It took more than 15 seconds in the video, but I guess it’s easy enough. I could even take photos while I cook. That’s how easy it is.

Dish 2: Chicken Cordon Bleu

You can view the FoodFixesIn15’s video here:
http://perfectitaliano.com.sg/foodfixesin15-recipe/chicken-cordon-bleu

Do you think this is hard to make? It’s really quite easy!
Here’s what I did after watching their video.

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Mise en place.  I laid everything out so that I won’t miss any ingredients.

The Ingredients:
Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Cheese  – 100 gm
Perfect Italiano Parmesan Cheese – 100 gm
Chicken breast – 4 pieces
Honey Baked Ham – 4 slices
Breadcrumbs – 300 gm
Flour – 200 gm
Beaten eggs – 2 pieces
Salt and pepper – to taste
Cooking Oil – for frying
Toothpicks

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First, you need to prepare the chicken.Season the chicken and leave it for half an hour if you have the time. I did not and the folks at home said your chicken was not well seasoned. So if you have picky tongues at home, season it.

Then butterfly it. You might get stumped which side to cut. I paused a while too.  Slice through the curvy side, so the middle that is straight can open up.

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The honey baked ham I bought from the supermarket deli was a huge piece, so I had to use a cup to cut it smaller and round. After making it smaller was I able to wrap the chicken around it.

Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Cheese is really stretchy. The cheese will ooze out when you cut the chicken once it is cooked.  It is also perfect on pizza if you love the super stretchy cheese.

Perfect Italiano Parmesan Cheese can be quite strong for some. It has been aged up to 18 months to give it a rich and bold flavour. If you don’t like the strong flavour, use less of it. Use your nose to guide you.

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The next step is to use the tooth picks and secure it.
This will take some time for your first piece and the next 3 pieces would be so much easier.

You can prepare this a day earlier and store it in the fridge. You don’t want to be too busy on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. 

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Dip the chicken in flour, then to the beaten eggs and then the bread crumbs.
This might get a little messy, your hands will get very sticky.  Have fun!

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Next, heat up some oil for deep frying.
Deep fry in 170 C oil for around 15 minutes.

If you don’t have a thermometer, use your agak-ration. Throw a few grains of bread crumbs in the oil and see if it fries it up nicely.

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Fry away! Your kitchen might get a little oily, but it’s going to be worth it.

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Flip the chicken and fry the other side.
It’s gonna be a tasty Christmas.

If you are not sure if you can manage a whole clan, maybe prepare it for yourself and your better half. You can halve the recipe and prepare 2 pieces. I suggest you do the full recipe and keep it as back up in case it does not turn out nice and you want to do another piece.

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Pat dry the chicken on kitchen towels. It looks good, doesn’t it?
The recipe is quite reliable as I did not have to do ‘retakes’. It was my first try and it looked good.

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Ahh…. The Perfect Italiano Chicken Cordon Bleu.
The photo tells it all doesn’t it?

Here’s my challenge to you to, after I have been challenged.
Try the full 5 course Festive Meal.
Visit http://perfectitaliano.com.sg/foodfixesin15 for the recipes and instructions.
I love the 15 second videos they have!

If you are on Instagram, you can follow the hashtag #perfectitalianosg and #foodfixesin15 to find out others who have taken the challenge.



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