I love cooking, unfortunately I'm not a good cook, but i try my best! Maybe we can all share our style, culture, recipe, ingredient, and skills!
"Shells and cheese". Had it as a side dish at Fishermen's wharf, and it was brilliant! So I want to attempt to recreate it from taste. It is a variation of "mac and cheese", but it's not macaroni, but shells.
Shells and cheese w/steak:
1 can of Cream of potatoes (1:1, cream and alfredo)
Alfredo sauce (again, 1:1 cream and alfredo)
Milk (1/2 cup)
Butter (1 FULL/over-the-top tablespoon)
Your favorite cheese
Your favorite meat
How I made it
- Cook the meat first, it doesn't matter if it gets cold because you're going to bake everything anyway. Or if you don't want it to get cold, cook it while you make the sauce!
- I didn't flavor/sauteed the meat. The restaurant didn't have meat in the side dish. But I didn't want a dinner without meat. This was my dinner, not a side dish.
- The sauce was made with low heat, I don't want to burn the sauce in my pot.
- Since I'm doing it from taste, I thought I'd just start with a 1:1 mixture of cream of potatoes and Alfredo.
- Once it was warm enough to melt the cream of potatoes, I poured half a cup of milk. Heat and stir until it's creamy again.
- Then I added the butter into the sauce. This is when you want to preheat the oven to ~300F.
Heat and stir until the butter melts.
- Sauce is done!
- Layer the meat on top of the shells. Layer it so when you pour the sauce, most of it will be on top of the meat. And not at the bottom of your baking glass, or whatever you use to bake with.
- Sprinkle your favorite cheese on top of the sauce. Blanket it!
- Throw it into the oven preheated at ~300F. Let it bake for ~8mins. Or until the cheese melts. Time is not important because everything should be cooked and hot/warm by now.
- Once the cheese melt, crank up the oven to ~450F for ~2mins. This is just to burn the cheese for presentation sake
Now you can eat. I'm, at best, an amateur in the kitchen. Again I'm doing this from taste, hopefully it won't make anyone throw up.
It was good, I have some criticisms though:
1) The shells weren't as cooked as I thought they were. However, some people like their pasta/noodles a bit harder. My uncle for one liked it.
2) Given the volume of sauce I ended up (1 can of cream, and keeping the ratio at 1:1), I don't think I had enough butter. I think it would have been fine if i double up on the butter.