Kusina Queens: Signature recipes of Kapamilya actresses

Are you ready to take your cooking skills to the next level? Dimples Romana, K Brosas, Judy Ann Santos, Pokwang, and Janice de Belen have fancy dishes with surprisingly easy recipes! You can make these delicious creations for a special occasion. But you can also serve this on any regular day because that is how simple they are.

Lechon Manok a la Pokie by Pokwang

Whether she is cracking jokes on Banana Sundae, giving pieces of sound advice in Harapan Kay Mamang or cooking up a delicious meal in the kitchen, Pokwang knows exactly how to put a smile on people’s faces. For her “Lechon Manok a la Pokie” you will need a whole chicken. Stuff this with lemongrass, garlic, and onion. Season the outside with salt, pepper and brown sugar. Be generous with the brown sugar because this will later caramelize and make the skin crispy. Optionally, you can pour sweetened or unsweetened pineapple juice over the chicken. Leave this to marinate overnight, then you are ready for the oven. If you do not have an oven, you can also use a multi-cooker, grill, or a stockpot to deep fry.

Roasted Turkey by Janice de Belen

Instead of chicken, Janice de Belen suggests trying “Roasted Turkey” for a change. The hardest part in her recipe is the waiting! First, brine the whole turkey. This is the process of submerging the meat in water with salt to make the meat juicier and more flavorful. Afterwards, dry the outside with a paper towel. This will ensure that your skin gets crispy. Massage room temperature butter, salt and pepper on the outside of the turkey as well as in between the skin and meat. Stuff the inside with bread. Tie the legs together to close the cavity or hole. Tuck in the wings with a toothpick. Finally, you can put your turkey in the oven! Depending on the weight, it will take two to three hours cook through.

Buttered Garlic Shrimp by Dimples Romana

If you are a seafood lover, Dimples Romana has a quick recipe for “Buttered Garlic Shrimp”. Sauté the onion in butter until translucent. Add the minced garlic and then the shrimp. Once they all have an even shade of orange, pour in some tomato sauce. Season with salt, pepper and white sugar. You can use white pepper instead of black for aesthetic purposes. You are done when the sauce has thickened and coats each shrimp.

Seafood Pasta by K Brosas

Who says sardines can’t be fancy? Singer-comedienne K Brosas knows exactly how to elevate this small and oily fish straight from the can! The Tawag Ng Tanghalan hurado’s “Seafood Pasta” is simple but restaurant worthy. Sauté garlic in the sardine’s oil until golden. Add the sardines and then slightly crush. Lastly, stir in the pasta and black olives. Top with parmesan cheese when serving.

Creamy Longganisa Pasta

Judy Ann Santos has another pasta dish that you can try that also uses a Filipino favorite—“Creamy Longganisa Pasta”. Start off by rendering the fat from the longganisa. Rendering is the process of slowly cooking fat over low heat to produce oil. Add butter if there is not enough fat from the longganisa. Add the garlic, basil and all-purpose cream. Season with salt and pepper. Then, add a lot of parmesan cheese. Reduce the saw until thicken. Finally, stir in the pasta! Once everything is thoroughly mixed, grab a plate!

Which of these dishes are you excited to try?

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