Macaroni Schotel literally means macaroni dish. It’s a baked-cheesy dish made of macaroni and cheese (obviously😆). It’s a savoury that is delicious to enjoy as an afternoon snack or as a starter.
I can’t really say this Macaroni Schotel is an Indonesian dish. Because from the name, it’s clearly not Indonesian words. This dish is one of the Dutch-influenced foods that has now become common and popular in Indonesia.
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Just in case you wonder why Indonesia has Dutch influence in some of its gastronomy, the Dutch used to colonize Indonesia for more than three centuries. Therefore, there are some cultural influences that Indonesia gets. Although I personally think that the influence is not that big, and only people from the big cities who might’ve had it.
Besides, when Indonesia became independent on the 17th August 1945, the people refused to keep anything that was associated with the Colonies and tried to hold their own traditional cultures.
My grandmother used to say that it was only the people who used to work for the Dutch colonial government who kinda embraced the Dutch culture. Like they spoke Dutch, etc. The common people, especially the villagers, didn’t want to adopt the culture nor speak the language.
Hence, if you asked my grandmother about this Macaroni Schotel she wouldn’t know. She only knew this dish from my mom who learned it from her friend. And my mom’s friend knew it since she was little because her family lived in the capital city and they used to work for the Dutch colonial government.
Anyway, enough for a bit of history, let’s just dive in the recipe.
Macaroni schotel recipe
This dish is basically the Dutch style of macaroni and cheese.
The difference is macaroni schotel uses more ingredients than macaroni and cheese. It is also baked until the dish becomes firmly set.
The recipe that I learned from my mom uses corned beef and sausages, but since I moved to the UK I don’t really eat shop-bought corned beef. Because it’s not easy to find the halal ones. On top of that, I’m not too keen on having processed food too much.
The recipe I’m sharing here uses shredded chicken meat. I sometimes make macaroni schotel with chicken minced meat as well. So you’re more than welcome to swap the chicken with corned beef or any other protein that you love.
And if you want it 100% vegetarian, you can skip the animal protein altogether.
I’ve always made this macaroni schotel either as an appetizer or as an afternoon snack. But of course, you can have it as your meal, if you want to.
Because of the creamy milk and cheese, the dish can feel quite rich. So, you may want to get your fresh salad ready to go with schotel.
If you like macaroni and cheese, I hope you’ll be intrigued to try this Macaroni Schotel. Because it is equally delicious as Mac and cheese. And if you know somebody who may like the recipe, feel free to share the post and pin it.
And before you go, don’t forget to check out my other recipe that you’ll like.
- Indonesian chicken wontons – pangsit Ayam.
- Gado-gado Jakarta recipe.
- Ketoprak Jakarta: beansprouts, vermicelli, and tofu salad with peanut sauce.
- Lontong sayur Betawi: hard-boiled rice with vegetable curry.
Thank you for reading. All the best.