Thursday, 28 July 2016

Dinner and Dessert

Hey hey!

As promised, I have that kickass burger recipe for you - a word of warning, it is in no way a healthy burger, it involves deep frying!
I also have the slow cooker golden dumplings recipe for you too.

Now, we are big fans of the show Man vs Food and happened to be watching an episode with burgers.  He had all manner of things added to his burger, but the one thing that we both sat there, mouths agape over, was the addition of deep fried bacon.  Oh My God!  It had never occurred to me to do that before, but I am so glad I did!  Freakin amazing burgers!

Here's what I did.

Beef mince, salt and pepper 

Form into a flat pattie.  Heat your pan - I like to use cast iron with a griddle plate - up to medium high temperature.  Add a splash of oil and then pop the patties in the pan to cook.  Give them a few minutes to brown up nicely before flipping over.
Once flipped, add slices of cheese to the top of the pattie so that it can melt in.  I used a smokey manuka cheese, however, you can use a plain cheese or whichever kind you like.

While that is cooking, heat up your deep frier.

In a bowl mix a good dollop of mayo with about 1tsp of wholegrain mustard, 1tsp BBQ sauce, and a few drops of hot sauce.  Give it a good mix and then dollop onto the bottom of your burger buns.  I find that brioche buns are really good.  Top with a little lettuce and then set aside.

Snip your streaky bacon into small pieces, approx 8-10cm and carefully drop four or so pieces into the frier.  They only need about a minute or two to cook so you need to keep an eye on them.  Drain them and then place on top of the cheese covered patties.

Once cooked, carefully place a pattie on each bun, top with tomato slices and then drizzle a little BBQ sauce on the top half of the bun before adding.

Seriously flavoursome burgers!

As for the dessert.  I wanted to make something that would be ready by the time we finished our dinner, without having to muck about with too much prep.  A slow cooker dessert is the perfect solution!

Heat your slow cooker on high and add the following directly to the pan.
50g butter
2C hot water
3/4C brown sugar
1/4C golden syrup
1tsp vanilla essence

Leave it to heat up until it is starting to bubble on the sides.

Soften another 50g butter in a bowl, and add 1 1/2C flour and 1tsp baking powder to the bowl.  Using a fork, combine the ingredients so it resembles a crumb.
Mix in 1/2C milk and another dollop of golden syrup, with 1tsp vanilla.  It should form a wet dough.

Drop heaped teaspoonfuls into the syrup.  Cover (no need for a tea towel) and leave to cook for approx 30-45 mins.

Serve with icecream.

So there you have it, a lovely dinner and dessert combination for you!  Happy cooking!
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Monday, 4 July 2016

Chicken Burgers

Hey hey!

I hope you've all had a great weekend!  Did you get a chance to check out my cookbook on Amazon yet?  Here's the link for those of you who haven't seen it - 

Anywho, I have a new recipe for y'all!  I was watching Rachael Ray the other day, and she made these amazing looking chicken burgers, so I thought I would recreate them with my own flavour for you :)

Chicken Burgers

Two burger buns
One chicken breast
Two rashers of streaky bacon
One apple, peeled, cored and sliced
maple syrup
Camembert cheese

Firstly, slice your chicken breast in half - vertically - so you end up with two burger size pieces
Season with salt and pepper and herbs if you want, then pop in a grill press to cook.
Meanwhile, cook your bacon rashers on a flat griddle plate.
Heat a frying pan with a little butter.  Add the apples, a pinch of cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Cook until softened, but not stewed - still with a little crunch.
Slice the Camembert.

Make an onion jam -
Thinly slice a red onion and cook in a saucepan with a little butter.
When softened, add a splash of raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar, a Tbsp of brown sugar, a Tbsp of wholegrain mustard and I added a dollop of homemade apricot jam too.
Simmer until it is a jammy consistency.

Slice your buns in half, layer some apple on each base, followed by the chicken and bacon.  Top with a few slices of Camembert and pop under the grill to melt.

Add onion jam and place the lid of the buns on.

Enjoy with a side salad.

There you go, another tasty meal for you to enjoy!  Have a great week!