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Meatball Traybake

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This is another super simple, and cost conscious recipe adapted from The Sainsbury’s magazine.  I don’t know whether I have raved about this publication before but if I have I’m going to again.  If you are in the UK and you like food then I rate this magazine over all other offerings.  As the mag was originally launched by Delia all recipes are triple checked and I have NEVER found a fault with any of them.  In fact, it has been known for me to host a dinner party and make 3 completely new recipes straight out of the magazine! It hasn’t failed me yet!!!If you are outside of the UK – you can get a subscription… and it’s worth it in my humble opinion.

Anyway, back to the recipe.  This is a fabulous Rectangular Baker – one pot recipe ( and you know how much I love those!).  If you don’t have one of those you could use a Deep Covered Baker or even a Deep Dish Baker.  The ingredient list may seem a little longer than some of my normal recipes but most of them are things that I already have in the house – so I don’t feel it is heavy on the shopping list.

Ingredients

1.25kg potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1x 500g Carton Passata
1 Chicken Stock Cube or melt, dissolved in 200ml of boiling water
150g slightly stale Bread (the original recipe states white but I rarely eat white – so whatever you have in your house works)
150ml Milk
1 x 500g 20% fat Beef Mince
1 Egg beaten (medium is suggested but I only seem to buy large so…!)
1 small Onion, chopped finely with Food Chopper
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
1 tsp Smoked paprika
1 Lemon
1/2 pack of cut coriander
100g Green Beans, top and tailed, cut in half

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180, Gas 6.  Wedge the potatoes, using the Veggie Wedger, and put into the Rectangular baker.  Add 1tbsp oil and toss the potatoes to coat them.  Add the passata and stock.  Stir.  Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Whilst the potatoes are baking, make the meatballs.  I use either my Food Chopper or Microplane grater to make the breadcrumbs.  If you want to make your food processor dirty then, by all means use that instead!  Add the breadcrumbs and milk to a Classic Batter Bowl (CBB).  Leave to soak for 5 minutes; add the beef, beaten egg, chopped onion, crushed garlic and paprika.  Use the Microplane Zester to zest the lemon and add to the CBB.  Pick the leaves from the coriander stalks, roughly chop them and keep to one side.  Finely chop the coriander stalks and add to the CBB.  Season the mix and get your hands in there!!  (I often ask one of my kids to help me to make these. This is their favourite activity – getting their hands well and truly involved in making tea!!)  Roll 28 or so walnut-sized meatballs and put on a plate.
  • Take the potatoes out.  Stir.  Add the meatballs.  Cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Blanch the green beans for 2-3 minutes, until just tender.  For me, that means popping into a Micro-Cooker with a tiny splash of water and giving them a 2 minute blast.  If you don’t have a Micro- Cooker, then just add the beans to boiling water for  the necessary time and then drain well.
  • When the meatballs have had their 20 minutes, add the green beans to the baker and bake for a further 10 minutes.  By this time the potatoes will be tender and the meatballs goldenand cooked through.
  • Drizzle over the remaining 1tbsp oil, scatter over the coriander leaves you kept from earlier.  Take the baker to the table and serve along with quarters of the lemon from earlier.

 

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Jo Murphy’s Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is a slightly different version of a sweet and sour “Chuck & Bung”.  I really like the warmth from the chilli and using the pineapple juice makes this a really juicy family meal.  Try it – you will love it!

Ingredients

4 Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 Medium Onions
2 Peppers (any Colour)
225g can Water Chestnuts, Drained.
3 Cloves Garlic
1 Small piece of fresh Ginger
Freshly Ground Pepper
640g of Tinned pineapple in Juice
4 Tbsp Corn Flour
260ml water
4Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
4Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
4Tbsp Soft Light Brown Sugar
4Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1 Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
Small Bag Basmati Rice

Method

  • Put oven on to 200C/ 180 fan/ Gas 6.
  • Chop the chicken into bite size pieces using Forged Cutlery Knife on the Cutting Board. Add to the Rectangular Baker.
  • Using a knife, peel the onions and cut into quarters. Finely chop using Food Chopper. Add to the Rectangular Baker.
  • Using a knife, cut the peppers into 3cm pieces. Add to the Rectangular Baker.
  • Open water chestnuts using Smooth Edge Can Opener and drain using Stainless Colander. Slice water chestnuts horizontally using the Knife. Add to the Rectangular Baker
  • Crush the garlic directly into the baker using the Garlic Press.
  • Grate the ginger directly into the baker using the Microplane Fine Grater
  • Add freshly ground pepper using Grinder.
  • Open Pineapple tin using Smooth Edge Can Opener. Drain the pineapple using Stainless Colander pouring juice into Easy Read Measuring Cup.
  • Using large Adjustable Measuring Spoon add 4 tbsp of corn flour to Classic Batter Bowl. Add 3 tbsp of pineapple juice and mix to a paste using Mini Mix ‘N Scraper.
  • Add the remaining juice to the Batter Bowl, and add the water using the same measuring cup
  • Using Mini Easy Read Measuring Cup and both Adjustable Measuring Spoons add all remaining ingredients (except for rice) into the Batter Bowl.
  • Add the sauce to the baker. Mix together using Small Mix ‘N Scraper.
  • Place in oven for 30 mins – until bubbling nicely.
  • Boil full Kettle. Using Large Easy Read Measuring Cup add 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of boiling water to Rice Cooker Plus. Place in Microwave for 15 mins or until all the water is absorbed.

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The Pampered Chef ® Pesto Pinwheels Recipe

This is a super quick recipe for a party or nibbles.  Very, very tasty too!

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Pesto Pinwheels ready for eating! YUM!!

Ingredients

Sunflower oil, for greasing
1 packet (145 g) pizza base mix
About 100 ml warm (hand hot) water
40 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 clove garlic
15 g fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto (see Chef’s Corner)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/fan 180ºC/Gas 6.
  2. Lightly brush Medium Bar Pan with sunflower oil; set aside.
  3. Place pizza base mix in Classic Batter Bowl. Measure warm water in Mini Measure-All® Cup; add enough water to pizza base mix, mixing to form a soft dough. Knead dough on lightly floured surface 5 minutes or until smooth.
  4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface using outer tube of Mini Measure-All® Cup to form 30 x 17 cm rectangle. Leave to rise 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, finely grate cheese into clean batter bowl using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater. Press garlic using Garlic Press into batter bowl and mix gently into cheese using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®.
  6. Roll basil leaves up together and cut into fine strips using Colour Coated Santoku Knife on Bar Board.
  7. Spread pesto evenly over bread dough using back of Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Sprinkle basil leaves and cheese mixture evenly over pesto.
  8. Starting from a long side, carefully roll up dough rectangle to form a tight roll. Cut roll in half widthways. Cut each dough half widthways into 10 even sized slices using Santoku Knife on Bar Board. Transfer pinwheels onto Medium Bar Pan, spacing apart evenly and neaten into rounds if necessary.
Pesto Pinwheels ready for baking

Pesto Pinwheels ready for baking

Bake 15 – 17 minutes or until pale golden brown. Transfer pinwheels to a serving plate. Serve warm.
Yield: Makes 20

Per serving: Nutrition information per pinwheel: Energy 236kJ/56kcal. Protein 2.2g, Carbohydrate 7.1g, Sugars 0.5g, Fat 2.3g, Saturated fat 0.7g, Fibre 0.3g, Salt 0.2g

Cook’s Tip: Substitute the red pesto with green pesto, if desired.
These appetisers are best served warm and eaten on the day made.

© 2015 The Pampered Chef used under license.

Cook’s Tip: Substitute the red pesto with green pesto, if desired.
These appetisers are best served warm and eaten on the day made.

© 2015 The Pampered Chef used under license.

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Indoor/ Outdoor (Spiced Pork) Burger

This is a really delicious summer recipe.  These burgers are so easy to make.  The result is a succulent, juicy and slightly spicy burger.  I call it the Indoor/ Outdoor Burger because, technically these can be cooked on a BBQ but so far, as I do live in England where the weather just seems to KNOW when I am planning a BBQ, I have always ended up cooking it on a piece of Stoneware in my oven!!!  When I make these at shows I also make a fabulous Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus-Curry Dressing.  YUM!!!

 Ingredients

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
500g lean minced pork
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1 small piece fresh ginger
2 cloves of garlic,
1 egg
1½ teaspoons garam masala
¼ teaspoon salt

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200/fan 180/Gas 6.
    In Stainless 4-litre Mixing Bowl, place pork, breadcrumbs and egg. Chop coriander using Professional Shears, measure seasoning with Adjustable Measuring Spoons, press garlic & ginger with Garlic Press and combine using Mix n Chop.

    Burgers ready for the oven.

    Burgers ready for the oven.

  • Using the large scoop, form about 8-10 mini-burgers and transfer to Medium Round Stone. Place Measure All Cup over meat & squash into burger shape! Bake for 18-22 minutes or until burgers are lightly browned and fully cooked (juices should run clear when pierced with a knife).
All cooked and ready to eat!!

All cooked and ready to eat!!

 

These are delicious served with Roasted Sweet Potato Salad and Citrus-Curry Dressing.

 

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Homemade, super-easy Garlic Bread

The finished garlic bread - just before the hoards descend!

The finished garlic bread – just before the hoards descend!

I have to give all the credit for this brilliant idea to my good friend Gill.  She showed me how to make my own garlic bread and I have never bought shop-made since.  This bread is just as quick as pre-made, much more tasty and much cheaper and so is a complete no-brainer!!

Ingredients

Part-Baked Baguette(s)
Garlic Cloves
Butter (I recommend real butter rather than marg or spread), room temperature

Method

I use 1 garlic clove and 1oz (25g) butter per baguette,  Obviously if you prefer it to be more garlicky just add more.

  • Preheat oven to 180C/fan 170C/ Gas 6.
  • Add  butter to Prep Bowl, Press garlic clove using Garlic Press into the prep bowl. Use Spreader to mix them together.

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    Mix garlic clove & butter togethe

  • Slice the baguette using Bread Knife.  Try not to slice all the way through keeping the loaf in tact (not always possible but worth it for aesthetics later!)

    Slice the bread, trying not to go all the way through.

    Slice the bread, trying not to go all the way through.

  • Carefully spread the generously between each slice.

    Spread the butter generously between slices.

    Spread the butter generously between slices.

  • Place baguette(s) on Stoneware (Pictured here is a Medium Round Stone with Handles but any will do).  Put Stoneware in oven.

    Bread ready to go into the oven on the Stoneware.

    Bread ready to go into the oven on the Stoneware.

  • Cook for approx 15-18n minutes until bread looks brown and toasty.
  • Devour!!!

    The finished garlic bread - just before the hoards descend!

    The finished garlic bread – just before the hoards descend!

 

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Deborah Bohl’s Sweet & Sour Chicken

Chuck & Bung Sweet & Sour.... Yum!!

Chuck & Bung Sweet & Sour…. Yum!!

I have been given a new “Chuck and Bung” recipe by my Pampered Chef colleague Deborah and its a corker!!  This is the easiest sweet and sour recipe I have ever tried and it tastes fabulous.  Deborah did suggest that you can double the sauce ingredients (ketchup, vinegar & sugar) but on my first go yesterday I just made it as the recipe suggest.  Next time I think I shall try the double sauce approach (sorry Deborah for not listening!!)

Ingredients

• 9 tbsp tomato ketchup
• 3 tbsp malt vinegar
• 4 tbsp dark muscovado sugar or other brown sugar
• 2 garlic cloves , crushed
• 4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
• 1 small onion , roughly chopped
• 2 red peppers , seeded and cut into chunks
• 227g 8 oz can pineapples pieces in juice, drained
• 100g sugar snap peas , roughly sliced
• handful salted, roasted cashew nuts, optional

Method

Use the Measure All Cup to measure the ketchup and the vinegar, tip into Classic Batter Bowl.

Add the dark brown sugar, using the Adjustable Measuring Spoons.

Use the Garlic Press to add the garlic to the Batter Bowl

Use Forged Cutlery Utility Knife to chop the chicken and add to the mix.

Throw in any chopped veg as desired!  Mix well with Small Mix ‘N Scraper.

Chuck everything into the Rectangular Baker and bung in the oven at 180 for about 35-40 minutes.

Serve with rice! Delicious!!

 

Options:  change the veg above for baby corn, mushrooms & peppers and leave out the pineapple. Susie

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Sweet & Sour Ready for the oven.
Sweet & Sour Ready for the oven.

 

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Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat’s Cheese Jalousie

This is a brand new recipe to me but, apparently, a bit of a classic to The Pampered Chef.  I have never made, nor eaten, a jalousie before – however I am completely won over!  I had been asked to do something different for a show and also a vegetarian recipe.  This was recommended to me and turned out to be an absolute winner.  It is so easy, and yet looks really great, and tastes fabulous.  Sadly, I forgot (again!) to take a photo this time. So I shall just have to make another one!  I think I might make it for a light lunch with friends, or when I am next asked to make something for a bring and share party, or just when I have some spare puff pastry that happens to make its way into my shopping trolley!!

Ingredients

1 packet (425g) frozen ready rolled puff pastry (2 sheets) defrosted
85g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, wiped dry
85g classic green pesto sauce
Plain flour, for dusting
1 log (approx 100-125g) soft goat’s cheese (without rind)
1 egg
1 garlic clove
Sesame Seeds, for sprinkling (optional)
Shredded fresh basil leaves, to garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6. Allow pastry to stand at room temperature 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, snip sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces using Professional Shears. Press garlic with Garlic Press. Combine sun-dried tomatoes and pesto sauce in Classic Batter Bowl; mix well using Master Scraper. Set aside.
  2. Lightly dust Rectangle Stone with a little flour. Place one sheet of pastry on stone. Using Baker’s Roller®, roll pastry to form a 28 x 33 cm rectangle. Spread pesto mixture evenly over pastry using Small Spreader, leaving a 2.5 cm border around edge. Carefully slice each log of goat’s cheese using Utility Knife. Arrange goat’s cheese slices over pesto mixture in single layer. Brush edges of pastry sheet with water using Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush; set aside.
  3. Roll second sheet of pastry on lightly floured, flat surface of Large Grooved Cutting Board (to rectangle of same size). Fold pastry rectangle in half lengthways. On folded-length, cut about 11 cm length strips, about 2.5 cm apart (do not cut through ends).
  4. Gently open pastry sheet and place over filling; press pastry edges together to seal. Using Crinkle Cutter, trim edges of puff pastry; discard trimmings. Flute pastry edges, if desired. Beat egg in Small Bamboo Fibre Bowl with Stainless Mini Whisk; brush over surface of pastry. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over top, if desired.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool slightly. Sprinkle with shredded basil leaves, if desired.
  6. Cut into squares using Pizza Cutter; serve warm using Mini-Serving Spatula.

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Smoky Chicken & Chorizo Hotpot

Hotpot ready to go in the oven

Hotpot ready to go in the oven

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts and 6oz to 8oz chorizo
Drop of olive oil
1 onion
1 red pepper
1 tin tomatoes
½ pint chicken stock
1 can chick peas (drained)
Salt and pepper
1 tblsp smoked paprika
2 large cloves of garlic
1 chilli (optional)
Good handful of fresh parsley
Crusty French bread to serve

1) Chop onion and red pepper (and chilli if desired) using Food Chopper or Manual Food Processor add to Deep Covered Baker / Rectangular Baker.

2) Draining chick peas using Easy Read Measuring Colander, add to Stoneware.  Add garlic using Garlic Press, smoked paprika using Easy Read Measuring Spoons and tomatoes (chop using Mix ‘N Chop)

3) Snip some fresh parsley using Professional Shears and sprinkle

4) Add ½ pint of chicken stock using Small Batter Bowl

5) Chop Chicken and Chorizo on Cutting Board using Forged Cutlery 13cm Utility Knife and put into Stoneware

6) All ingredients are now in Deep Covered Baker / Rectangular baker (if using a smaller baker just reduce ingredients slightly), stir.

Cook for approx 40 mins in oven at 180c / Gas mark 4

Serve with crusty bread

Hotpot after half was served!

Hotpot after half was served!

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Jamie Oliver’s Brilliant Bacon Pasta

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My blog has developed into having 2 purposes.  The original reason that I began writing was to have an easy reference place for my Pampered Chef customers to find as many brilliant Pampered Chef recipes in one place as possible.   Along the way a secondary, and very pleasing, purpose has blossomed into life.  My 2 eldest girls are now 11 & 13 years old and I have realised that I really do need to get on with teaching them how to cook before they get up and leave home!!  So, this blog has also turned into a repository of recipes that I make so that they can learn and make our favourite home recipes.

So, this is how you find a Jamie Oliver recipe joining the Pampered Chef ones!  This recipe is a really simple one pot recipe and, in the (longed for!) summer months is a great recipe for courgettes which allotment owners will appreciate!

 

Serves 4 (easily)

Ingredients

250g Smoked Streaky Bacon
2  Courgettes
2 Garlic Cloves
40g medium mature Cheddar
200ml Creme Fraiche
400g pasta (whatever shape takes your fancy!) I use Wholewheat pasta for the extra fibre.

Method

1. Boil a large pan of salted water and cook 400g  pasta , following pack instructions.

2. Slice 250g Smoked streaky bacon and fry in a Family Skillet (large frying) Pan until golden brown.  Slice 2 cloves of garlic using Garlic Slicer and add for the last minute or so.

3. Slice courgettes lengthways into quarters and cut into chunks. Add to the frying pan and cook for a couple of minutes with the bacon and garlic until they are slightly softened.

4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain in a colander, then put back in the pan. Add about half a tub of crème fraîche, some freshly ground black pepper and a handful of grated Cheddar. Mix together.

5. Gently fold the bacon and courgette mixture into the pasta and grate the remaining cheese on top.

6. Eat and Enjoy!

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Pampered Chef RockCrok® Tomato and Red Wine Pork Ragout Recipe©

IMG_5387Here in the UK, The Pampered Chef are just about to launch a brand new type of Stoneware.  It claims to cook just as fabulously as normal Stoneware but it is able to cook on a hob, on a BBQ, under the grill and be washed up in the dishwasher!  Obviously, I needed to check these claims out and decided the best way was to try one of the recipes that comes with the “Dutch Oven Rockcrok”. As I had to feed at least 8 people I decided to start with this recipe.

This recipe is brilliant because it is quite simple, with a bit of pre-prep on the hob and then left to slowly cook in the oven until the pork melts and the sauce is absolutely gorgeous.  Everyone in the family LOVED this.  Suffice to say, I shall be making it again.  And the RockCrok???  So far, so absolutely amazing!  Plus putting it in the dishwasher afterwards was very pleasing!

Serves 10

Ingredients

3 tbps, plus 1 tsp sunflower oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped with Food Chopper
2 carrots, peeled and sliced (about 240g)
2 celery sticks, sliced (about 125g)
2 cloves garlic, pressed with Garlic Press
1.5kg diced lean casserole pork (I used Pork shoulder steaks as they were on offer!)
6 rashers rindless lean back bacon (150g prepared weight) cut into 5cm pieces
50g plain flour
250ml dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 tins (400g each) plum tomatoes
1 tbps dried mixed herbs
Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)

Method

    1. Preheat oven to 170C/ fan150C/ Gas 3.  Heat 1 tbps of oil in RockCrok Dutch Oven over medium heat for 3-5 mins or until hot.  Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic.  Cook for 2-3 mins or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables to a plate; set aside.
    2. Add 1 tbsp of remaining oil to Dutch Oven.  Add one quarter of the pork, cook uncovered, 3-4 minutes or until lightly sealed, stirring occasionally.  Remove to a large dish.  Repeat sealing of remaining pork, in 3 batches, adding 1 tsp of oil for each batch.  Set pork aside.
    3. Add remaining oil to Dutch Oven, cook bacon, uncovered, 2-3 mins until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
    4. Return pork to Dutch Oven, stir in flour, mix well.  Cook 1-2 mins or until lightly browned, stirring continuously.  Stir in veg, wine, dried herbs and tomatoes.  Chop tomatoes using Mix ‘N Chop.  Increase heat to med-high; bring to the boil, stirring continuously.  Cover; transfer to oven, bake 1.5-2hrs or until pork is tender.IMG_5386

 

  1. Remove from oven.  Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.  Serve with cooked pasta (I went for tagliatelle).

Nutrients per serving:  Energy 1333kj. 319 kcal; Protein 36.3g; Carbohydrate 10.1g; Sugars 5.4g; Fat 13.1g; Saturated Fat 3.6g; Fibre 1.8g; Salt 1g.

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