American Chop Suey

American Chop Suey There is some confusion over the origin of American Chop Suey. This dish prepared by blending macaroni, meat, tomato sauce and vegetables is believed to be an amalgamation of Chinese, American and Italian cuisines. This is a prominent dish found in most Chinese as well as non-Chinese restaurants in North America and other parts of the world. According to some food historians, a small restaurant in Boston first served a dish called American chop suey. Whatever be the origin of this delicious dish, there is universal consensus that American chop suey is indeed a scrumptious dish. You can easily prepare American chop suey at home.

One pound of macaroni
One big onion, finely chopped
One teaspoon of finely chopped ginger
Six to seven cloves of garlic
½ cup of cabbage, finely chopped
One medium sized carrot
One large bell pepper
One pound of shredded chicken or ground beef
Two medium sized tomatoes
Four tablespoons of tomato ketchup
One teaspoon of oregano
One teaspoon of black pepper
Four tablespoons of olive oil
Three tablespoons of grated cheese (optional)

Method of preparation
Finely chop the carrot and bell pepper. Slice the tomatoes into small pieces. Keep aside one cup of macaroni and prepare rest of the macaroni, according to the instruction given on the package. Keep aside the cooked macaroni. In a pan, heat the olive oil. Fry the macaroni that had not been boiled in the oil.

When the macaroni becomes crispy and brown, remove it from the oil. In the oil add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger and fry the ingredients, until the onion becomes transparent. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomato becomes soft. Add the chicken and vegetables and stir on medium heat. To ensure that the chicken becomes tender, boil the chicken in advance. Add the tomato ketchup and keep on stirring the ingredients for about five minutes. Now add the cooked macaroni and mix the ingredients.

Add oregano, black pepper and salt. Stir for a few seconds and remove the pan from the fire. Your American chop suey is now ready to devour. Before serving, add grated cheese and the crispy fried macaroni.