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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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The Pampered Chef ® Oven-made Sun-Dried Tomato & Chorizo Risotto Recipe

This is an amazing revelation.  There is another chorizo risotto recipe on here which can be made in the microwave.  Last night, for the first time, I tried it at a Pampered Chef show in the oven.   No stirring, no faffing, just Chuck in the ingredients and Bung in the oven!  It worked perfectly and was absolutely delicious.  So here it is just for you!

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 onion, (about 100 g prepared weight)
  • 350 g Arborio risotto rice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 200 g dry-cured Spanish chorizo sauasge, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1.5 l hot chicken stock
  • 130 g sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (drained weight), drained
  • 80 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

Method 

  1. Finely chop onion using Food Chopper.
  2. Dice sun-dried tomatoes on Cutting Board using Utility Knife.
  3. Place onion, rice, olive oil, chorizo, stock, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic pressed using Garlic Press in Deep Covered Baker; mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®.
  4. Put in oven at 200C with the lid on.
  5. Check at 35 minutes. It may need another 10 minutes. (I took the lid off for the last 10 minutes)
  6. Meanwhile, finely grate cheese using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater and chop parsley using Professional Shears and a Prep Bowl.
  7. Remove baker from oven; add grated cheese and parsley and mix well. Cover with lid; let stand 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and risotto has a creamy texture.

Serve. Yield: 8 (For 4 people halve ingredients and use Round Covered Baker)

Per serving: Energy 1278kJ/305kcal; Protein 9.4g; Carbohydrate 31.3g; Sugars 1.7g; Fat 16.7g; Saturated Fat 4.5g; Fibre 0.5g; Salt 1g

Diced Spanish chorizo sausage can usually be found in the fresh cooked meat section of supermarkets. Alternatively buy a whole chorizo sausage, remove any skin and dice the sausage before adding to the risotto.

Substitute the hot chicken stock with hot vegetable stock, if desired.

8th April 2014: Update….  I have recently been making this Chorizo in my Rectangular Baker (i.e. no lid) and just cooking it for approx 30-35 minutes until it is done.  Just Chuck (it in the Stoneware) and Bung (it in the oven)!!!

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Pampered Chef Hot Pizza Dip

Apologies for not posting anything recently, I was away working at Glastonbury for the weekend and got a little bit distracted!!  BUT, I have been really wanting to share this amazing recipe with you as soon as I could.

Personally, I LOVE cheese and its definitely my treat food!  The minute I saw this recipe I knew that it would be right up my street. I wasn’t, however, prepared for just how FANTASTIC it would taste!!  We often have pizza for Saturday tea and I did think about just having this but as it was our first time of trying it I decided to make this and have a pizza as back up if the family didn’t like it.

Oh my goodness, I cannot tell you how yummy this is!!  So much so that last night I made it for our Pampered Chef team meeting.  And everyone loved it!!  Someone even said “It’s like having Pizza without the bother of the dough”!!

My only problem with this recipe is sharing and the potential for me to eat far too many calories!!!  But we WILL be making this again… and soon!!!!  Do let me know how you get on with it!!

Yummy Hot Pizza Dip!!

The Pampered Chef ® Hot Pizza Dip

200g full fat soft cheese, softened
1 tsp dried Italian Herbs
115g Mozzarella Cheese, grated
85g Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 jar (300g) Pizza Topping/ Sauce
55g (2oz) Green Pepper, diced, sliced spring onions, or chopped black olives
Toasted Baguette Slices (see below)

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/ fan 165°C/ 350°F/ Gas 4.  In Small Batter Bowl, combine soft cheese and herbs; spread onto bottom of Mini Baker.
  2. In Classic Batter bowl, grate mozzarella and parmesan cheese using Microplane Grater then combine.  Sprinkle half of the mozzarella mixture over the soft cheese.  Top with pizza sauce, spreading evenly using Spreader.  Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese mixture over the top.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.
  3. Meanwhile, diced pepper and or spring onions using Forged Cutlery Utility Knife.  Chop black olives using Food Chopper.  Take Dip out of the oven and top with pepper, onions and/ or olives.  Serve with Toasted Baguette Slices

Yield: Serves 20

Per serving: Energy 291kj/ 69 kcal; Protein 4g; Carbohydrate 1g; Fat 6g; Fibre 0g; Sodium 0.1g

Toasted Baguette Slices

1 French Stick, cut into 24, 5mm (¼inch) thick slices
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

  1. Cut French Stick using Forged Cutlery Bread Knife.  Place slices onto Rectangle Stone.  Lightly brush bread with olive oil using Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush.
  2. Put in oven with the Pizza Dip for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Per serving: Energy 235kj/ 56 kcal; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 10g; Fat 1g; Fibre 0.3g; Sodium 0.1g

Yield: Makes 24 slices

Cooks Tip: To heat Hot Pizza dip in the microwave: Microwave, on HIGH 2 minutes, turn, Microwave on HIGH 2-3 mins or until mixture is bubbly and heated through.

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Bolognese Susie Style!

My eldest daughter is about to do a guide challenge where she has to cook a 3 course meal.  Her team have decided to make bolognese for the main course so she went to this blog for instructions on how to make it (I can’t tell you how pleased that made me!!).  To her chagrin, there was no recipe… so, here it is!!IMG_4225

Ingredients

450g (ish!) Minced Beef or Quorn Mince
Couple Slices of Bacon (optional)
Oil (I use Olive or Vegetable)
1 Onion
Garlic Clove
Various Veg (this usually includes carrot, pepper, celery, sometimes leeks, swede, mushrooms, courgette, cabbage… whatever is in my cupboard and fridge)
Tin Plum Tomatoes (much more ‘tomatoey’ than chopped tomatoes)
Tin of Baked Beans
Worcestershire Sauce
Tomato Puree
Dried Herbs
Beef Stock Cube
Salt and Pepper

Method

  • Chop all vegetables finely.  The Pampered Chef Food Chopper makes really quick and easy work of this (and the reason I can add sooo many vegetables!!)
  • Put a good splash of oil (maybe about 2 tbsp) in Family Skillet along with chopped onion and crushed garlic.  Sprinkle with salt (to help the onion to release its juices) and cover.  Gently fry over medium heat until softened. Taking care not to burn.Softening Onions
  • Add other vegetables and continue to cook until soft.IMG_4221
  • Next add the mince beef (and bacon if using).  Break it up and cook until the meat has browned.IMG_4222 IMG_4224
  • Next add tins of tomatoes (chopped) and beans,  a good squeeze of tomato puree, one crumbled stock cube, good shake of dried herbs (at least 1 tbsp), shake of Worcestershire Sauce and seasoning.  IMG_4225Bring to simmering point and then lease to very gently simmer for minimum 20mins but much better if it can be left for over an hour.  The long simmering time really deepens the flavour.
  • When we made this I included bacon but didn’t reduce the salt accordingly so it was very salty.  All we did was chop a potato and add to the simmering bolognese for 15 minutes – problem sorted!
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The Pampered Chef ® Sun-Dried Tomato & Chorizo Risotto Recipe

Sundried Tomato and Chorizo Risotto

This is a recipe which I tried out recently and really, really loved it.  There does look like a bit of in and out of the microwave going on, but it was really very easy.  Then because of the beautiful nature of the baker it looked absolutely stunning to serve too!  A recipe to impress with,  while secretly knowing that it really didn’t take you much effort at all!!

Ingredients

1 onion, (about 100 g prepared weight)
175 g Arborio risotto rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
100 g dry-cured Spanish chorizo sauasge, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, pressed
800 ml hot chicken stock
65 g sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (drained weight), drained
40 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1-2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

Method

Finely chop onion using Food Chopper. Place onion, rice, olive oil, chorizo and garlic pressed using Garlic Press in Round Covered Baker; Mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Cover with lid; microwave on HIGH 3 – 4 minutes or until onion is translucent, stirring halfway through cooking time. Remove baker from microwave oven using Oven Mitts (see Cook’s Tip); stir in 500 ml of the hot stock and mix well. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 9 – 10 minutes so stock simmers and rice absorbs almost all of stock, stirring after 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, dice sun-dried tomatoes on Cutting Board using Utility Knife. Remove baker from microwave oven; add sun-dried tomatoes and remaining hot stock and mix well. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 9 – 10 minutes or until rice is tender and almost all of stock has been absorbed.
Meanwhile, finely grate cheese using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater. Remove baker from microwave oven; add grated cheese and parsley and mix well. Cover with lid; let stand 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and risotto has a creamy texture. Serve.
Yield: 4

Per serving: Energy 1278kJ/305kcal; Protein 9.4g; Carbohydrate 31.3g; Sugars 1.7g; Fat 16.7g; Saturated Fat 4.5g; Fibre 0.5g; Salt 1g

Cook’s Tip: The baker becomes very hot during cooking, so it is essential to use Oven Mitts when removing the baker from the microwave oven.

Diced Spanish chorizo sausage can usually be found in the fresh cooked meat section of supermarkets. Alternatively buy a whole chorizo sausage, remove any skin and dice the sausage before adding to the risotto.

Substitute the hot chicken stock with hot vegetable stock, if desired.

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