How to reinvent traditional holiday dishes with cheese


Posted at Dec 06 2018 06:19 PM

For many Filipino families, preparing and partaking in a feast prepared especially for Christmas is the best time to share laughs, stories, and food. 

Despite the challenges that families may encounter, homemakers still want to serve the best for their family and guests. And this means cooking the most delicious dishes. 

With this, Eden launched the #GiveGoodnessWithEden Christmas campaign through a cooking demo with Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and Chef JP Anglo. Hosted by celebrity mom Rica Peralejo, it aims to help Filipinos create dishes that are worth sharing with others this Christmas. 

The #GiveGoodnessWithEden Christmas campaign, said Eden brand manager Katrina Suarez, encourages everyone to start a ripple effect in spreading goodness. 

“Eden really encourages all Filipinos to give goodness to other people whether it is your family or it can also be strangers in the community," Suarez said. 

"It doesn't have to be a grand gesture, or giving big things, but small gestures that will really make a difference in other people's lives. It can mean cooking a simple dish made more special with Eden, it can be showing an act of kindness to someone,” she added. 

The task may be made easier by harnessing the inherent goodness of milk and real cheese infused into Eden products. 

Actress Santos-Agoncillo said one's emotions may be reflected in one's dishes. “'Yung emotions mo, kung ano siya for the moment, 'yun 'yung mangyayari sa niluluto mo. Ako, pag masaya ako, ang colorful ng niluluto ko,” she described how cooking can be a more meaningful way of sharing and giving back to others. 

Asked by Peralejo if she has a special recipe that is easy to do, Santos-Agoncillo said she wanted to share a lot of her favorites. Indeed, she helped in making some of them for the attendees.

Here are some of the Christmas dishes that they made tastier, richer, and more flavorful with Eden Cheese: 

1. Cheesy Leche Flan

Take the traditional leche flan to the next level by going beyond the usual mix of eggs, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. Go beyond the basic by adding Eden Cheese to make it creamier. Homemakers can place grated cheese on top to add another creamy and milky taste, or salted egg for another flavorful twist. Check this link for the complete recipe.

2. Cheesy Caldereta in Tacos

Putting Caldereta and the pica-pica favorite Tacos together will surely entice guests as it brings different tastes in one flavorful pack. To make this dish more alluring to the palates, homemakers can add Eden Cheese in the beef stock and sauce. Making a cheesy dip on the side is also a good option for people who want to add a creamier taste to this dish.

3. Cheesy Bacon Croquettes

Bacon croquettes is a perfect pair for several pasta dishes like carbonara, spaghetti, or lasagna. Adding Eden Cheese and milk to this well-loved recipe will make the flavor richer and creamier for the taste-buds. 

On the sidelines of the event, Anglo shared what he observed with the participants of the demo-cooking. “Being able to impart your knowledge to the home cooks today, you can see in their faces that they learned, they had fun. I guess it’s great that they leave with a skill.”

The chef also reminded the guests that food is not just about the flavor but also the bonding moments and pleasant memories that the family share during Noche Buena. He encouraged them to try cooking something different and to not be afraid to think out of the box to make their own recipe.

Here are some photos from the launching of #GiveGoodnessWithEden Christmas campaign:

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