When we think of cooking for Christmas, we always conjure up the classic image of a bustling kitchen, bathed in an orange glow—maybe it’s the sunset, maybe it’s just a sepia tone assigned by our mind for nostalgia’s sake—made hazy by the steam and smoke from the dishes cooking on the stove. There’s something sizzling on a pan, some chopping, and some broth bubbling off somewhere.
This might be the same for you, too, and we wouldn’t be surprised. After all, Christmas—both its celebration and the preparation that leads up to it—is such a big thing for us Filipinos. And just like the magic associated with the holidays, popping a cube or two into your dish helps boost whatever flavor you’ve already got cooking, for a shorter time and with less of a fuss. Here are some classic dishes you might find (or might want to find) on your noche buena spread, made better with the help of Knorr.
Including some finger food is a must, especially for the holidays. Mostly because it’s easy to eat and munch on. It’s also a hit with the kids. The challenge with this though is how to pack enough flavor into the small roll.
Since Knorr Pork Cubes are made with real meat, adding it to your lumpia mix will further enhance the pork flavor, and will allow it to blend deliciously well with your other ingredients like carrots, onion, or garlic.
A party is never complete without spaghetti. It’s fun, flavorful, and because it’s made of noodles, it satisfies our partly superstitious requirement for something that symbolizes long life.
Make sure your spaghetti tastes of more than just tomato sauce, though. Add Knorr Pork Cubes to your ground pork while cooking before adding the sauce so the meaty flavor really seeps into the meat.
This Filipino version of meatloaf is also a popular choice for the holiday spread because it’s fairly easy to make. Just mix together ground chicken with onions, raisins, carrots, pickles, and sausages, then add a mixture of mashed Knorr Chicken Cubes, Knorr Liquid Seasoning, and egg.
You can enjoy embutido just dipped in ketchup, but you can also make your own sauce that’s still flavored with chicken. Just cook some tomato sauce with a Knorr Chicken Cube—that simple!
Sauces can make or break a dish. A good sauce shouldn’t overpower the dish’s other elements. Take the pork menudo for example. Another holiday staple, a way to make sure the menudo has a good balance of meaty flavor and savory sauce is to first cook your pork kasim, liempo, and liver with Knorr Pork Cubes before adding the sauce.
Crispy Pata with Liquid Seasoning Vinegar Dip
Pinoy celebrations are often accompanied by a large, hearty serving of lechon. But for smaller families, a whole lechon might be a bit too much. An alternative to keep the noche buena table festive is to serve up crispy pata.
A good, deep fried pork pata can be made better with a tart, savory sauce. Just mix vinegar with Knorr Liquid Seasoning and add chopped garlic, red onion, siling labuyo, and ground pepper to add depth to the taste. What’s great about this sauce is it’ll work even with dishes aside from pata.