Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chicken & Shrimp Macaroni Gratin


Macaroni gratin could be the most popular Japanese family food dish in Japan.  My kids really love it! This is the first dish I made for my husband, when we were dating, to show off my cooking skills!

This dish is great for parties. I know everyone will love it so I decided to share this recipe with you. I want you all to enjoy this creamy, rich, warm and tasty Japanese family dish!

Here is my youtube video.  I hope it will give you some idea to make this dish. The detail recipe will follow.

【Chicken and shrimp macaroni gratin】

Yield: 6-8 servings

<white sauce>
8 table spoons of  salted butter
10 table spoons of all-purpose flour
5 cups of whole milk
1 cup of heavy cream
2 bouillon cubes
half tea spoon of Kosher salt
a pinch of grated nutmeg
a pinch of ground pepper

<chicken and shrimp>
2 table spoons of salted butter
1 pound of chicken thigh (cut into bite-size)
1/2 pound of shrimp (cut into bite-size)
1 medium sized onion (thinly sliced)
4 slices of bacon (cut into quarter inches)
10 mushrooms
1/2 cup of white wine
1/2 tea spoon of Kosher salt
a pinch of ground pepper
1/2 pound of macaroni

Grated Parmesan
Bread crumbs
Salted Butter

1) Cook the macaroni according to the direction on the package. Drain well.

2) Melt the butter in a pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.   
Pour the milk into the butter mixture in several batches and stir well with a whisk.
Cook over low heat, stirring with a spatula, until it thickens. Mix in bullion cubes, grated nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

3) Melt 2 table spoons of butter in a saucepan and continue stirring until it 
becomes soft. Add the chicken and bacon. After the chicken color changes, add the shrimp and mushrooms. After the shrimp color changes, pour in the white wine and cook for about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

4) Preheat the oven  to 450 F. Mix 1, 2, and 3 together and add the heavy
cream into the mixture. Add more whole milk or heavy cream if needed. Add salt and pepper if needed.

5)  Spread some butter(not included in ingredients) in a baking dish and pour the mixture in.
Spread the Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs over the mixture.
Tear apart the butter into small chunks and place onto the top.

6)  Place the baking pan in the oven and bake until the top becomes golden brown.

7)  Serve hot!

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