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.
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)
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
1/2 pack of cut coriander
100g Green Beans, top and tailed, cut in half
- 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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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!!)
• 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
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
Independent Sales Director for The Pampered Chef
- Sweet & Sour Ready for the oven.
Filed under Batter Bowl, Chicken, Deep Covered Baker, Easy Cooking, Family Cooking, Garlic, Garlic Press, Mushrooms, Other, Pepper, Rice, Rice Cooker, Square Baker, Stoneware, Tomato
Hotpot ready to go in the oven
3 chicken breasts and 6oz to 8oz chorizo
Drop of olive oil
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!
Filed under Batter Bowl, Chicken, Chilli, Deep Covered Baker, Easy Cooking, Family Cooking, Food Chopper, Garlic, Garlic Press, Manual Food Processor, Other, Pork, RockCrok, Tea, Tomato
So yesterday I had planned to make a roast dinner but with the sun out I fancied a lighter vegetable option. This ratatouille worked perfectly and was really, really simple to make.
A few mushrooms
Tin of Plum Tomatoes, roughly chopped
Pinch of herbs (I used Herbes de Provence)
Splash of Red Wine Vinegar (maybe about 2 tbps)
A bit of sugar (maybe about 1 tsp)
Garlic Clove or 2, sliced
Alternatives – you could include aubergine, celery, or really any veg which you have available. This is an ideal recipe for all you allotment owners too!
- Slice vegetables.
- Throw all ingredients into Stoneware Baker (I used my Square Baker but a Deep Dish Baker, Deep Covered Baker, Rectangle Baker or Round Covered Baker would work just as well) and stir.
- Put into the oven with roasting meat (therefore oven is about 165 fan/ 180C/ Gas 6)
- Cook for approx 40 minutes and serve.