Calzone Recipe – How to Make Calzone from Start to Finish – Calzone Made with No Knead Pizza Dough

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Calzone Recipe - How to Make Calzone from Start to Finish - Calzone Made with No Knead Pizza Dough
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
 
Some time ago we briefly touched on no-knead pizza dough. Today we will deal with this in more detail when we make a wonderful tasty and aromatic calzone from start to finish.
Ingredients
For the Dough (enough for 4 bases)
  • 500g All-purpose flour / double zero / cake flour
  • 1.25ml Dried yeast
  • 10ml Salt
  • 360ml Water
For the Calzone Filling (for 1 Calzone)
  • 4 Rashers streaky bacon, fried and chopped into bits
  • 60g Pizza salami
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese
  • 100g Mature cheddar cheese
  • Fresh basil
  • Cherry tomatoes,sliced
Instructions
  1. To make the dough, place 500g of all-purpose flour in a large tub. Add a quarter teaspoon of dried yeast and 2 teaspoons of salt and stir this in.
  2. Pour in the water and use your paddle to mix this together until the dough balls up and comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl, with no more loose flour in the the mix.
  3. Put the lid on the bowl and allow this to stand at room temperature for 18 to 24 hours to develop.
  4. After this time the dough will have more than doubled in size and you will see bubbles in the surface of the dough.
  5. Use a scale to divide the dough into 4 equal portions.
  6. The dough will be quite sticky, and we need to work about 25g of additional flour into each potion.
  7. Flour the work with some of the flour, place portion of dough on the surface and scatter more flour over the top of the dough portion.
  8. Start working the flour into the dough by flattening it and folding it lightly until all or most of the flour is incorporated.
  9. Don't knead the dough as you would normally.... work gently so as not to overdevelop the gluten.
  10. Put this aside and continue with the remaining portions.
  11. To roll the pizza bases, lightly flour your work surface, place a portion of the dough on the flour and lightly flour the top of the dough as well.
  12. Us your rolling pin to roll this out into a circle of 12 inches or 30cm in diameter.
  13. Transfer this to a baking sheet.
  14. Cover one half of the dough with 100g of sliced mozzarella cheese.
  15. Top this with 60g of sliced pizza salami.
  16. Top this with 100g of lightly fried and chopped streaky bacon.
  17. Add the sliced cherry tomatoes and the fresh basil leaves.
  18. Last but not least, finish this off with 100g of grated mature cheddar cheese.
  19. Fold the blank side of the base up and over the filling and match up the edges of the base.
  20. Working one side to the other, secure the seal by folding and crimping the edges together.
  21. Use a paring knife or skewer to poke two steam holes in the top of the calzone.
  22. Zap this into a preheated oven at 250c or 480f until crispy and golden.... about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the efficiency of your oven.
  23. And there we have it... a beautifully browned and crisped calzone filled with heavenly cheeses, bacon and salami.

 

Guinness Glazed Steak with Leprechaun Mash – St Patrick’s Day Special Glazed Steak Recipe!!!

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Guinness Glazed Steak with Leprechaun Mash - St Patrick's Day Special Glazed Steak Recipe!!!
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Recipe type: Steak / St Patrick's Day
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 2
 
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's day and to celebrate, we're going to grill an incredible Guinness glazed steak and serve this up on a bed of Leprechaun mash.
Ingredients
For the Glaze / Marinade
  • 150ml Guinness stout
  • 30ml Demerara sugar
  • 100ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 15ml Tomato sauce
  • 5ml Salt
For the Steak
  • 2 x 250g Sirloin steaks
  • 30g Butter
To Sreve
  • 600g Prepared mashed potato
  • 25g Garlic chives
  • 25g Parsley
  • 125ml Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Starting with the glaze, which is also the marinade. In a jug combine the salt, tomato sauce, Demerara sugar, Guinness stout and Worcestershire sauce and stir this until all of the sugar and salt has dissolved.
  2. Place the sirloin steaks in a stainless steel tray and pour in the marinade. Allow this marinate for 2 hours, turning the steaks every 30 minutes.
  3. minutes before the end of the marinating time, roughly chop the chives and parsley.
  4. Place these in a tall jug along with the sour cream.
  5. Use your stick blender to machine this until fine.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared mashed potato and mix it in thoroughly.
  7. Cover the mash and keep it warm.
  8. Remove the steaks from the marinade and put these aside.
  9. Heat a large pan over medium high heat and pour in the marinade. Bring this to a boil, lower the heat and simmer the marinade until it has reduced to half. Stir continuously while the glaze reduces.
  10. Remove this from the heat and put it aside.
  11. Heat another pan over medium high heat and 30g of butter.
  12. Grill the steaks for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare or until done to your liking.
  13. Remove this pan from the heat and return the glaze to the heat.
  14. Add the steaks to the glaze and wipe them around the pan until completely coated and glossy.
  15. To serve, pipe the green mash onto a serving platter to form a platform for the steak.
  16. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and slice it at an angle into strips.
  17. Lift the steak up and place it on top of the mash.
  18. Drizzle the steak with half of the leftover glaze and serve immediately.

 

Fish Nuggets – How to Make Golden, Crispy Fish Nuggets – Homemade Fish Nuggets

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Fish Nuggets - How to Make Golden, Crispy Fish Nuggets - Homemade Fish Nuggets
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Recipe type: Seafood / Fish
 
These fish nuggets are out of this world. Spiced up with cracked black pepper and cayenne, they can serve as a main course, as part of a seafood platter, or as snacks at a cocktail party... and if you omit the cayenne pepper, kids will love them too.
Ingredients
  • 800g Monkfish, or any firm white fish
  • 250g All-purpose flour
  • 30ml Cracked black pepper
  • 15ml Cayenne pepper
  • 15ml Fine salt
  • 4 Eggs
Instructions
  1. Starting with the coating, combine the salt, cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper with the all-purpose flour and stir this until totally combined.
  2. Place the eggs in a jug and whisk these thoroughly until all of the albumen has broken down.
  3. Pour the eggs into a large bowl.
  4. For the fish, I am using monkfish, but you can use any firm fish.
  5. Remove the fillets from the spine and cut the fish into bite-size pieces.
  6. To coat the nuggets, start by sprinkling a layer of the seasoned flour over a large platter. This is where the coated fish will set, and the thin layer of flour will prevent the coating from sticking to the platter and getting damaged. Put this aside.
  7. Drop 6 to 8 pieces of fish into the seasoned flour and toss them to coat. This dries the surface of the fish in preparation for the egg. Transfer these to another platter and continue until all of the fish has had its first coating.
  8. Working with one nugget at a time, dip the nugget in the egg to wet all of the flour, then transfer it to the flour to get a good solid coating all over. Transfer this to the setting platter and continue until all of the nuggets are coated.
  9. Allow the coating to set for 20 minutes before continuing.
  10. Half fill a large pan with oil and heat this to 160c or 320f. Carefully lower the nuggets into the oil and fry the fish for 3 minutes until crispy and golden. Use a slotted spoon to remove the nuggets from the oil and drain any excess oil on kitchen paper.
  11. For this quantity of fish, you will need to fry the nuggets in 2 or 3 batches.
  12. Serve the nuggets immediately with lemon or lime wedges and dipping sauces and accompaniments of your choice.

 

Pasta Pesto – How to Make Pasta with Basil Pesto – Quick & Easy Comfort Food!!!

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Pasta Pesto - How to Make Pasta with Basil Pesto - Quick & Easy Comfort Food!!!
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
 
In yesterday's episode we made a batch of basil pesto. Today we're going to use the pesto to make an amazing bowl of real comfort food, pasta with basil pesto.
Ingredients
  • Pasta of your choice (Dry weight 500g)
  • 6 Slices streaky bacon (good quality smoked)
  • 16 Cherry tomatoes
  • 75g Parmesan cheese (or Grano or Romano)
  • 120ml Basil pesto
Instructions
  1. Measure out the pesto, finely shred the Parmesan. You can also use Grano Padano or Romano. Slice the cherry tomatoes into halves, and cut the streaky bacon across the grain into thin strips.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, drain the pasta and put this aside.
  3. Add a tablespoon of butter to a smoking hot pan and fry the bacon until is golden and starting to crisp on the edges.... about 90 seconds.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes and continue to fry for a further 60 seconds before removing the pan from the heat.
  5. Pour the pasta into a serving bowl, add the bacon and tomato mixture and stir this in.
  6. Add the basil pesto and the Parmesan.
  7. Use two forks to toss the pasta until everything is well distributed.
  8. Serve the pasta immediately garnished with more fresh basil and the accompaniments of your choice.

 

KFC Crunch Burger – How to Make the KFC Crunch Burger at Home!!!

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KFC Crunch Burger - How to Make the KFC Crunch Burger at Home!!!
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Recipe type: KFC
Cuisine: Chicken
Serves: 4
 
The KFC Crunch burger is one of the most recent additions to the KFC menu. Crispier and crunchier than the regular KFC burger, and almost as spicy as the KFC Zinger, the Crunch Burger is outstanding. This is how to make your own amazing Crunch Burger at home.
Ingredients
For the Curing Brine
  • 3 Liters water
  • 90g Prague powder #2
  • 35ml White pepper
  • 15ml Cayenne pepper
For the Coating
  • 5ml Citric acid
  • 500ml All purpose flour
  • 80ml Tapioca flour (or cornstarch if you cannot find tapioca)
  • 30ml White pepper
  • 30ml Cayenne pepper
  • 30ml Salt
  • 4 Eggs
For the Sauce
  • 60ml Tangy mayonnaise
  • 30ml Thin pepper sauce (Tabasco or Lea & Perrins)
Other
  • 4 Burger buns
  • Lettuce
  • 4 Slices processed cheese
Instructions
  1. Pour 3 liters of water into a medium size pot. Measure out the Prague powder, white pepper and cayenne pepper and add these to the pot.
  2. Place the pot over medium high heat, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Quick cool the brine by floating the pot in a sink of cold water.
  4. When the brine has cooled significantly, pour it into a non-reactive container.
  5. Place the chicken breasts in the brine, clip the lid on the container and transfer it to your refrigerator for 24 hours to cure.
  6. The following day, make up the coating mixture by combining the all-purpose flour, tapioca flour, citric acid, salt, cayenne pepper and white pepper.
  7. Whisk the eggs thoroughly and pour these into a large bowl.
  8. Remove the chicken breasts from the brine and pat them dry using a clean kitchen cloth.
  9. Trim away the fillets from the breasts. Save these for stir-fry or KFC Popcorn.
  10. Place the breast smooth side up on your board and gently flatten them out with your meat mallet.
  11. Before coating the breasts, sprinkle some of the seasoned flour over a large platter. This is where the coated chicken will set, and the flour will prevent the coating from sticking to the platter and getting damaged.
  12. Working with one breast at a time, dredge the breast in the flour to coat the surface.
  13. Transfer it to the egg to wet all of the flour.
  14. Then back to the flour to get a good coating all over.
  15. Then back to the egg to wet all of the flour....
  16. Then a third and final coating of flour.
  17. Transfer the breast to the platter to set and continue with the remaining breasts.
  18. While the coating sets, combine the hot pepper sauce and the mayonnaise. You can use any thin hot pepper sauce like Tabasco or Lea and Perins.
  19. Cut the burger buns, unwrap the cheese slices and portion the lettuce.
  20. Half fill a wok or large pan with oil and heat this to 160c.
  21. Carefully lower the chicken breasts into the oil and fry these for 6 minutes, turning them every 90 seconds.
  22. Remove the breast from the oil and drain any excess oil on kitchen paper.
  23. To make up the burger, spread a little sauce on the lower bun an place a breast on top of this.
  24. Top the bun with the processed cheese slice and a generous dose of lettuce.
  25. Give lettuce a generous dollop of sauce and you're done.
  26. And there it is.... simple genius from KFC.... made at home.

 

How to Make Square Burger Patties – Perfect Burger Patty Production with No Specialized Equipment!!!

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How to Make Square Burger Patties - Perfect Burger Patty Production with No Specialized Equipment!!!
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Recipe type: Burgers
 
Making square burger patties takes a whole load of hassle out of making patties for large crowds of people. No specialized equipment is required and the whole process is foolproof.
Ingredients
  • 75ml Onion flakes
  • 15ml Salt
  • 7.5ml White pepper
  • 1.4kg Good quality ground beef
  • 10% Weight of meat in liquid - Worcestershire sauce / Light soy sauce / Beef stock / Water
Instructions
  1. Place the dried onion flakes, salt and white pepper into your spice grinder.
  2. Zap these until you have a fine powder.
  3. Place the ground beef in the bowl of your stand mixer and add the seasoning.
  4. You also need to add 10% of the weight of the meat in liquid. I am using Worcestershire sauce, however you can use light soy sauce, stock, or even plain water.
  5. Attach the dough hook, close the mixer and switch it on. Start slow and gradually increase the speed to medium. The meat must mix for 8 minutes. It will try to climb the sides of the bowl while mixing. Use something to help it back down to the bottom of the bowl.
  6. During the mixing process, the salt reacts with the protein in the meat causing it emulsify. This is what keeps the patties together when they are formed.
  7. Line a 10 inch by 14 inch baking sheet with cling-wrap.
  8. Tip the meat mixture into the pan and flatten it out.
  9. Pull another length of cling-wrap over the top of the pan.
  10. Use your rolling pin to roll and compress the ground beef into the tray until it is level with the edges. Any excess meat will simply squeeze out from the edges and can be cleared in the next step.
  11. Place the pan in your freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.
  12. Turn the slab of beef out onto a large chopping board.
  13. Trim away any excess meat.
  14. Keeping the cling-wrap in place, cut the slab into 12 equal squares for 100g patties or 6 pieces for giant 200g patties, as I am doing here.
  15. At this point, these can be wrapped and frozen, or grilled.
  16. Using a heavy pan or skillet over medium high heat, add 20g of butter.
  17. When the butter is sizzling, add the patties and grill them for 5 to 6 minutes per side until nicely charred and caramelized both sides.
  18. And there it is... the easiest way to make perfectly uniform, tasty patties with an amazing texture that will not fall apart, even on the barbecue.

 

How to Make Chicken Paprikash – Traditional Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe Made Easy!!!


How to Make Chicken Paprikash - Traditional Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe Made Easy!!!
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Recipe type: Chicken
Cuisine: Hungarian
Serves: 4-6
 
Chicken Paprikash is a traditional Hungarian dish. Flavored primarily with hot, smoked paprika, it is uniquely aromatic and tasty.
Ingredients
  • 6 Chicken drumsticks
  • 6 Chicken thighs
  • 15ml Hungarian hot, smoked paprika
  • 5ml Salt
  • 5ml Cracked black pepper
  • 2 Red bell peppers
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Liter chicken stock
  • 20ml Crushed garlic
  • 20ml Olive oil
  • 2 Onions
  • 30ml Chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 75ml Cornstarch mixed with a little water
  • Spatzle, Mash or Pasta to serve
Instructions
  1. To start, measure out the hot, smoked paprika, salt and cracked black pepper. Place these in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Transfer the paprika mixture to a sprinkle bottle.
  3. Place the chicken in a large pan skin-side up and sprinkle all of the paprika mixture evenly over the chicken.
  4. Use a carving fork to poke holes through the chicken pieces then put this aside.
  5. Cut the red peppers into chunks, dice the tomatoes and crush the garlic. Place this all in a tall jug and use your stick blender to puree the whole lot until fine. You can also do this in a stand blender or food processor.
  6. Slice the onions into half rounds, and measure out the olive oil.
  7. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the oil. Add the onions and sauté this for 8 to 10 minutes until they are browning nicely on the edges.
  8. Add the chicken pieces to the pan with the seasoned side facing downwards. Allow this to fry for 5 minutes.
  9. At the 5 minute mark, turn the chicken pieces over and fry them for a further 5 minutes.
  10. After the second 5 minutes add the pureed vegetables to the pan.
  11. Pour in enough chicken stock to almost cover the chicken.
  12. Bring this to a boil, lower the heat and allow this to simmer, for 30 minutes.
  13. At the 30 minute mark, turn the chicken pieces over and continue simmering for a further 30 minutes.
  14. After the second 30 minute cycle, remove the chicken pieces from the pan.
  15. Mix the cornstarch with a little water and add this to the sauce.
  16. Bring the sauce back to a boil and allow this to cook for a minute or two, stirring continuously until it has thickened. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  17. Serve the chicken immediately smothered in the rich sauce. Traditionally paprikash is served with spatzels, however you can use mashed potatoes or even pasta.

 

The Best Omelette EVER! An Omelette Made with Noodles – is it a Nomlette???

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The Best Omelette EVER! An Omelette Made with Noodles - is it a Nomlette???
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Recipe type: Breakfast / Brunch
 
Today's episode is a good fun recipe. This super-tasty omelette made with 2 minute noodles is quick and easy to make, and makes for the perfect breakfast or brunch. It will serve 2 people, one one very hungry giant.
Ingredients
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Pack Two minute noodles
  • 6 Rashers streaky bacon
  • Handful of garlic chives, roughly chopped
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 Cocktail tomatoes
  • 60g Butter (2 x 30g)
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. To start, whisk the eggs in a jug and place the 2 minute noodles in a bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water over the noodles to submerge and cover the bowl.
  3. Cut the streaky bacon across the grain into thin strips.
  4. Roughly chop the garlic chives.
  5. Slice the mozzarella cheese and cut the cocktail tomatoes into halves.
  6. By this time the noodles are ready. Drain the excess water and put these aside.
  7. Heat a 30cm or 12 inch pan over medium high heat and add 30ml of butter.
  8. Add the bacon and fry for 6 to 8 minutes until it has taken on a nice golden color.
  9. Add the chives and tomatoes and fry these for about 60 seconds.
  10. Remove everything from the pan and put this aside.
  11. Add another 30ml of butter to the pan. Spread this evenly over the base of the pan.
  12. Add the noodles to the pan and spread these evenly across the pan.
  13. Allow this to fry for 2 minutes undisturbed.
  14. Pour in the egg making sure to spread it around evenly.
  15. Allow this to cook and set of 2 minutes undisturbed.
  16. Top half of the pan with some of the cheese and the bacon chives and tomato.
  17. Use the remaining cheese on top of the bacon mixture.
  18. Season with salt and cracked black pepper and allow this to fry for a further 2 minutes.
  19. Slide the whole omelette from the pan onto a large platter and flip the empty side of the omelette over the filling.
  20. Cut the omelette in half and slide the halves onto serving platters.
  21. Top the omelettes with finely shredded Parmesan, garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.
  22. And there we have it... breakfast fit for a hungry king.

 

Dominican Deep Fried Chicken – Pico Pollo – the Traditional Dominican Deep Fried Chicken

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Dominican Deep Fried Chicken - Pico Pollo - the Traditional Dominican Deep Fried Chicken
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Recipe type: Chicken - Deep-fried
Cuisine: Dominican
Serves: 12
 
Dominican Deep-fried chicken or Pica Pollo is quite different to the fried chicken we are accustomed to. The chicken is precooked in a flavor pot, then lightly coated, and deep-fried to crispy, golden yummy.
Ingredients
  • 12 Chicken drumsticks
For the Flavor Pot
  • 1.5lt Water
  • 1 Small red onion
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3 Sprigs parsley
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
For the Seasoned Coating
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2.5ml Dried oregano
  • 5ml White pepper
  • 5ml Salt
Other
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. For the flavor pot, crush the garlic, measure the salt, cut 3 sprigs of parsley, squeeze the lime juice and cut the red onion in half.
  2. Add the water to the pot along with the chicken drumsticks and all of the aforementioned ingredients.
  3. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring this to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the chicken for 15 minutes.
  4. For the seasoned coating, measure out the white pepper, dried oregano and salt. Add this to the flour and mix this in thoroughly.
  5. Remove the drumsticks from the flavor pot and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Working with a couple of drumsticks at a time, drop them into the flour, pop the lid on the container and shake it up to coat the chicken.
  7. Remove the lid, shake any excess flour from the drumsticks and transfer these to a platter while you continue with the remaining pieces.
  8. Half-fill a large pot or wok with oil and heat this to 170c or 340f. Fry the drumsticks in batches until they are lightly golden and crispy. This will take about 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oil and drain any excess oil on kitchen paper. Continue until all of the drummies are complete.
  9. Serve the chicken immediately with a super-cold beer and the accompaniments of your choice.

 

How to Make REAL KFC – The Simplified Version – The REAL KFC Fried Chicken Recipe

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How to Make REAL KFC - The Simplified Version - The REAL KFC Fried Chicken Recipe
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Recipe type: Chicken / Fast Food
Cuisine: KFC Fried Chicken
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-12
 
How to make REAL KFC Fried Chicken at Home!!! The Real KFC Fried Chicken Recipe!!! Some time ago, I published the real KFC recipe. The response to this recipe was amazing, and judging by the feedback, it truly is the only KFC copycat recipe that is not a copy... it is the real thing. You can check out the entire KFC series by clicking the onscreen link now. Unfortunately this original KFC recipe takes 2 days to prepare and requires some specialized ingredients like saltpeter or Prague powder. Over the last few months, I have been working on a new version of this recipe that is far easier and user-friendly for the home cook. A few notes before we start.... I have adjusted and even changed some of the ingredients to compensate for the fact that the chicken is not cured and brined. You will need to own or at least have access to a vacuum packer, and you will need a dishwasher, or a large digital pot with temperature control.
Ingredients
  • 8-12 Chicken pieces (drums and thighs)
  • Oil for frying
For the Herb & Spice Blend
  • 15ml Paprika
  • 30ml Onion flakes
  • 5ml Dried Sage
  • 10ml Garlic powder
  • 5ml Dried Oregano
  • 15ml Cayenne pepper
  • 10ml White pepper
  • 5ml Dried basil
  • 5ml Dried marjoram
  • 15ml Dried and powdered coriander leaf
  • 5ml Ground ginger
  • Salt (2% of the weight of the chicken)
For the Rest
  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 30ml Salt
  • 60ml Cornstarch
  • 250ml Chicken stock (or 3-4 eggs, beaten to replace the cornstarch and stock)
Instructions
  1. Starting with herbs and spices. Place the paprika, onion flakes, sage, garlic powder, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, white pepper, dried basil, dried marjoram, dried coriander leaf and ground ginger in a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Transfer this to your spice blender and zap it all to a fine powder.
  3. Place 3 tablespoons of the powder in a sprinkle bottle.
  4. Weigh the chicken pieces and calculate 2 percent of this weight.
  5. This weighs 1200g, so I need 24 grams of salt.
  6. Measure this out and pour it into the shaker bottle. Shake it up to combine with the spice blend.
  7. Place the chicken pieces in a large roasting pan and sprinkle the spice blend over the chicken to get a good coating all over.
  8. This means on both sides and on the edges. This quantity of spice blend is sufficient for 12 pieces. I am only powdering 8 pieces, so will have a little spice left over. Add any leftover to the other half of spice blend.
  9. Place the chicken pieces in a large vacuum bag in a single layer. Vacuum pack the chicken. It is good idea to double seal both ends of the bag.
  10. Place bag in your dishwasher on the high setting which is worldwide standard 70c or 158f, for 2 full cycles or about 2 hours.
  11. Alternatively you can use a digital pot set to 70c, filled with water.
  12. While the chicken slow-cooks and absorbs all of the amazing flavors of the herbs and spices, we can mix the coating.
  13. Place the flour and the remaining spice blend in a large bowl.
  14. Add 30ml of salt and mix this together thoroughly.
  15. After 2 hours, remove the chicken from the dishwasher or pot, cut the bag and transfer the pieces to a large pan to cool for a few minutes. Notice that we have lost less the 2 percent of the original weight in juices. All of that yummy is still inside the chicken.
  16. To coat the chicken, you can beat 3 to 4 eggs, which is still my favorite, or here is an alternative. Whisk 4 tablespoons of cornstarch into 250ml of cold chicken stock. This will bond the coating very well, but as I said, I still prefer using egg.
  17. Pour the liquid into a flat bowl.
  18. Before continuing, sprinkle a layer of the flour mixture over 2 large platters. This is where the coated chicken will set, and the flour prevents the coating from sticking to the plate and getting damaged.
  19. Working with one piece of chicken at a time, dunk the chicken in the liquid to wet it all over.
  20. Transfer this to the flour and dredge it to coat all over.
  21. Back to the liquid to wet all of the flour....
  22. Then back to the flour to get a good solid coating.
  23. Transfer this to a platter and continue with the rest of the chicken.
  24. Allow the coating to set for 20 minutes before frying.
  25. Half fill a wok or large pan with oil and heat this to 160c or 320f.
  26. Carefully lower the pieces into the oil in batches and fry for 6 minutes, turning halfway through to ensure even browning.
  27. Remove the pieces from the oil and drain any excess oil on kitchen paper. Continue with the next batch.
  28. And there it is, an amazing batch of KFC...

 

Grilled Prawn & Monkfish Skewers – Succulent Prawns and Rich Monkfish, Grilled to Perfection!

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Grilled Prawn & Monkfish Skewers - Succulent Prawns and Rich Monkfish, Grilled to Perfection!
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Recipe type: Seafood
Serves: 4
 
Today we're going to grill a batch of seriously tasty prawn and monkfish skewers. Monkfish is found worldwide and is revered for its remarkable similarity in texture and taste to crayfish and lobster. Combine this with the prawns and you have an amazing flavor explosion.
Ingredients
  • 32 Medium size prawns
  • 800g Monkfish tails
  • 16 x 6 inch Bamboo skewers (150mm)
  • 150g Butter
  • 30g Crushed garlic
  • 2 Small lemons
  • Salt to season
  • 4 Portions cooked rice (according to the package instructions)
Instructions
  1. Start with 32 medium size prawns. Use a sharp scissors to cut down the spine of each prawn up until and including the second last segment of the shell.
  2. Use toothpick to hook out the vein. Put this aside and continue until all of the prawns are deveined.
  3. Monkfish only has a central bone. Use a sharp knife to cut the fillets from the bone. For this quantity of prawns, you will need about 800g of monkfish fillets.
  4. Cut through the fillets at an acute angle to get strips of fish 50mm or 2 inches in length.
  5. You will need 16 x 6 inch or 150mm thin bamboo skewers.
  6. Press a skewer through the prawn just behind the head. Press another skewer through the prawn just above the second last segment. Notice that the prawn is lying sideways. The skewers enter the belly and exit the spine.
  7. Thread a strip of monkfish onto the skewers.
  8. Follow this with another prawn, and so on, until each kebab has 4 prawns and 3 strips of monkfish.
  9. Continue until all 8 skewers are complete.
  10. Heat a large pan over high heat. Add the butter.
  11. Once the butter is sizzling, add the garlic. Stir this around the pan for just a few seconds before adding the skewers.
  12. If your pan is not as large as this one, use a smaller pan, half the butter and half the garlic and fry 2 batches.
  13. Fry the skewers for 4 to 5 minutes. Squeeze the fresh lemon over the prawns.
  14. Turn the skewers, squeeze the remaining lemon over the prawns and season liberally with salt. Continue frying for 4 to 5 minutes.
  15. Wipe the skewers around in the pan then turn again. Fry for 60 seconds.
  16. Wipe the skewers around the pan and turn again. Fry the prawns for a final 60 seconds.
  17. Remove the prawns from the pan and add the prepared rice to the pan.
  18. Stirfry the rice in the prawn butter to pick up all the yummy bits from the pan.
  19. Serve a bed of rice onto each platter and top each with 2 of the seafood skewers.
  20. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and the accompaniments of your choice.

 

Shepherd’s Pie Towers – a Great Way to use Left-overs, and Just as Easy From Scratch!!!

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Sherherd's Pie Towers - a Great Way to use Left-overs, and Just as Easy From Scratch!!!
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Recipe type: Pie
 
These single portion shepherd's pies are a great way to use up leftovers, or you can make them quite easily from scratch. I am using leftover beef filling from the empanadas we made just a few days back.
Ingredients
For Each Portion You Will Need...
  • 250g Savory mince (with grated cheese)
  • 250g Stiff mashed potato
  • 1 Egg
  • Finely shredded Parmesan
Instructions
  1. These single portion shepherd's pies are a great way to use up leftovers, or you can make them quite easily from scratch. I am using leftover beef filling from the empanadas we made just a few days back.
  2. All you need for this is the cooked savory ground beef, an equal quantity of stiff mashed potato and finely shredded parmesan cheese. To set the beef, you will also need 1 beaten egg per 250g of beef.
  3. Pour the beaten eggs into the beef and mix this thoroughly.
  4. Take a 4 inch by 2 inch cylinder mold and place it on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment.
  5. Half fill the cylinder with the beef, compacting it as you go. Smooth off the surface when you reach halfway.
  6. Continue filling the mold with the mash up to the top, and smooth off the surface.
  7. Carefully slide the mold upwards to leave the contents behind.
  8. Continue molding the towers, leaving 2 inches of space between each, as the beef will spread as it bakes.
  9. Top each of the towers with a generous dose of shredded Parmesan cheese and bake the towers in a preheated oven at 200c or 400f for 15 to 20 minutes until the potato is crispy and golden, and the beef is well set.
  10. Serve the towers immediately with the accompaniments of your choice.
  11. And there it is.... an amazing single portion shepherd's pie topped with creamy potato with a crispy Parmesan crust.

 

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