How to Make Wheat Flour Tortillas – How to Make Cheesy Quesadillas – Homemade Tortillas From Scratch

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How to Make Wheat Flour Tortillas - How to Make Cheesy Quesadillas - Homemade Tortillas From Scratch
Recipe type: Tortillas
Cuisine: Mexican
Some time ago we made corn tortillas. Today we're going to make soft and chewy wheat flour tortillas which are the more popular version of tortillas in Northern Mexico. After making the tortillas, we're also going to make a couple of cheesy melted quesadillas.
For the tortillas
  • 300g All-purpose flour
  • 5ml Baking powder
  • 2.5ml Salt
  • 60g Vegetable shortening
  • 125ml Warm water
For the quesadillas
  • 6 Tortillas
  • 200g Mature cheddar / Jack cheese grated
  • ½ Red pepper
  • 1 Large pickles jalapeno pepper
  1. To start, you will need 300g of all-purpose flour, 5ml or a teaspoon of baking powder, 2.5ml or half teaspoon of salt, 60g of vegetable fat or shortening and 125ml or a half cup of warm water.
  2. Place the flour, salt and baking powder in your food processor. Pulse this briefly to combine.
  3. Add the shortening to the bowl and machine this for about 10 seconds to cut this into the flour.
  4. Pour in the water and run the machine until the dough comes together and runs around the edge of the bowl.
  5. Tilting the machine from side while it mixes the dough helps to get a good even consistency in the dough.
  6. Turn the dough out onto your work surface and press it into a block. Wrap the dough in cling-wrap and allow it to rest on the counter for 30 minutes.
  7. After resting, divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  8. Place one of the balls on a lightly floured work surface and flatten it out into a disc of about 7 inches or 18cm.
  9. Use your rolling pin to roll these out until about 9 to 10 inches in diameter or 22 to 25cm. At this stage they will be about 1mm in thickness.
  10. Repeat this until all of the tortillas are formed.
  11. Heat a dry pan over high heat. When the pan is smoking hot drop a few of the tortillas into the pan.
  12. Toast them for 30 to 40 seconds, then flip them over and repeat.
  13. Remove these from the pan and continue with the remaining tortillas.
  14. You can keep your tortillas fresh for a few days in an airtight container or zip lock bag, or freeze them indefinitely.
  15. To make your quesadillas, dice a half a red pepper, and finely chop one large pickled jalapeño pepper.
  16. Mix these together in a bowl.
  17. Grate 200g of mature cheddar or Monterey Jack and place this in a bowl. Add the mixed peppers and mix these into the cheese.
  18. To make up the quesadillas, spread a generous dose of the filling over one side of a tortilla.
  19. Fold the open side over the filling and press it down to secure.
  20. Heat a pan over medium high heat and drop the quesadillas into the pan.
  21. Toast the quesadillas until the cheese is well melted, turning every 90 seconds.
  22. Remove the quesadillas from the pan, cut them through the center and serve immediately accompanied with sour cream for dipping.


Bolognese – How to Make the Best Bolognese Ever – The Real Deal Bolognese Recipe!!!

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Bolognese - How to Make the Best Bolognese Ever - The Real Deal Bolognese Recipe!!!
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
Bolognese is an all-time favorite, however the real thing is not simply fried ground beef and tomato, and this fact is what separates the men from the boys. True bolognese has an incredible depth of flavor, aroma and texture..... and this is how to do it.
  • 1 Medium onion
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 1 Large carrot
  • 10ml Garlic (4 cloves)
  • 60g Butter
  • 45ml Olive oil
  • 200g Streaky bacon
  • 225g Lean pork shoulder
  • 450g Lean ground beef
  • 250ml Beef stock
  • 250ml Dry white wine
  • 800g Italian style crushed tomatoes
  • 5ml Salt
  • 2.5ml Cracked black pepper
  • 7.5ml Dried sage
  • 15ml Dried oregano
  • 2.5ml Dried chilli flakes
  • 1.25ml Ground nutmeg
  • 250ml Full cream milk
  • Pasta of your choice for serving
  1. To start, finely chop a celery stalk, a large carrot, a medium onion and 4 cloves of garlic.
  2. Measure out 45ml or 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 60g of butter.
  3. Finely chop 200g of streaky bacon and 225g of lean pork shoulder and place this in a mixing bowl along with 450g of lean ground beef. Massage these together until completely combined.
  4. Combine 250ml of beef stock with 250ml of dry white wine and put this aside.
  5. Combine 5ml or a teaspoon of salt with 2.5ml or a half teaspoon of cracked black pepper, 7.5ml or one and a half tespoon of dried sage, 15ml or a tablespoon of dried oregano, 2.5ml of dried chilli flakes and 1.25ml or a quarter teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and put this aside.
  6. In addition, you need an 800g can of Italian style crushed tomatoes, and 250ml or a cup of full cream milk.
  7. Heat the butter and oil over medium high heat until bubbling and add the finely chopped onion, garlic, celery and carrot.
  8. Fry these until the onion is translucent.... about 6 to 8 minutes.
  9. Add the three ground meats and fry these until lightly browned.... this will take another 6 to 8 minutes.
  10. Increase the heat to high and pour in the combined beef stock and wine.
  11. Bring this to a boil and continue cokoing until the liquid has almost reduced to nothing.
  12. Turn the heat down to a simmer and add the mixed herbs and spices. Stir this in thoroughly and allow this simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  13. Pour in the crushed tomato, raise the heat to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and allow this to simmer away gently for 2 to 4 hours, partially covered. Give the pot a stir every so often, and add a dash of wine every time the mixture gets too dry. The 2 to 4 hours simmering time is up to you. 2 hours being the minimum, however the longer you simmer the deeper the flavor and texture of the bolognese will become.
  14. About 10 minutes before serving, pour in the milk and continue cooking until the sauce reaches your preferred consistency and you're done.
  15. Serve the bolognese with the pasta of your choice topped with a generous dose of finely shredded Parmesan cheese and enjoy.
  16. This recipe will make 4 to 6 portions, and can be scaled up to any size with the limiting factor being the size of your pot or pan.
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Slow Roasted Glazed Pork Knuckle – Slow Roasted Pickled Eisbein – Roasted Sweet & Sour Pork Knuckle

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Slow Roasted Glazed Pork Knuckle - Slow Roasted Pickled Eisbein - Roasted Sweet & Sour Pork Knuckle
Recipe type: Pork Roast
Serves: 2-4
Easter is here and today we're going to slow roast a couple of pickled pork knuckles with an amazing sweet and sour glaze.
  • 2 x 1kg Pork knuckles (cured / pickled)
  • 4 Medium onions
  • 4 Large carrots
  • 400ml Chicken stock
  • 120ml Caster sugar
  • 90ml White wine vinegar
  • 60ml Light soy sauce
  • 30ml Cornstarch dissolved in a little water
  1. To start, slice through the skin down the side of the knuckle that is closest to the bone. Lift the skin and use your knife to peel it away from the meat, leaving as much fat behind as possible.
  2. Save the skins to make crackling.
  3. Score the fat on all sides of the pork knuckles. This allows the basting glaze to get through to the meat infusing it with flavor.
  4. Chop 4 carrots and 4 onions and spread over the bottom of a large roasting pan.
  5. Place the pork knuckles on top of the vegetables with the fattier side facing upwards.
  6. Pour 400ml of chicken stock into the pan around the pork.
  7. Combine 120ml of caster sugar, 90ml of white wine vinegar and 60ml of light soy sauce and whisk these thoroughly until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  8. Brush the basting liberally over the pork, making sure to brush the ends as well.
  9. Cover the pan with foil and bake the pork in a pre-heated oven at 120c or 250f for 2 hours, undisturbed.
  10. After this time, unwrap the pan and baste the pork liberally again. Return the pan to the oven and reset the temperature to 250c or 480f.
  11. Roast the pork for a further 45 minutes, basting liberally every 15 minutes.
  12. Remove the pork from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  13. Pour the saucy vegetables into a large pan and heat this over medium high heat. Dissolve 30ml or 2 tablespoons of corn starch in a little water.
  14. As the pan comes to a boil, pour the slurry into the gravy. Stir this and allow to simmer for 60 seconds until it has thickened.
  15. To serve the pork, cut through the meat along the length of the joint down the side that is closest to the bone.
  16. Notice how the meat has almost totally separated from the bone.
  17. Peel the one side away and cut it free, followed by the other side.
  18. Serve your masterpiece drenched in the thick gravy with the accompaniments of your choice and enjoy.


The Most Amazing Hot Dog Recipe – The Incredible Chip Dog – The Hot Dog with EVERYTHING!!!

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The Most Amazing Hot Dog Recipe - The Incredible Chip Dog - The Hot Dog with EVERYTHING!!!
Recipe type: Fast Food
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Today is the final episode in our short series covering incredible and unusual hotdogs. You can check out the entire series by clicking the info button on the screen. Today's featured hotdog is the inimitable chip dog. Tasty and aromatic cheese griller sausages with fresh lettuce, more cheese and a healthy dose of french fries all wrapped in a tortilla makes for a full meal in one easy to manage package.
For 2 Chip Dogs
  • 4 Cheese griller sausages
  • 2 Handfuls of fresh frilly lettuce
  • 4 Handfuls of ready to fry French fries
  • 80g Mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 x 12 inch (30cm) tortillas
  • Tomato sauce and mustard to garnish
  1. To make 2 chip dogs you need 4 cheese griller sausages, 2 handfuls of fresh crunchy frilly lettuce, 4 handfuls of cut french fries, 80g of grated mature cheddar and 2 large tortillas.
  2. Fry the chips until crisp and golden, then transfer them to a low oven to keep warm.
  3. Drop the cheese grillers into the oil and fry these for 60 to 90 seconds. The grillers fry very quickly so keep an eye on them... as soon as they start to blister on the skin, they must be removed from the oil.
  4. Place a tortilla on a large platter and arrange a generous handful of lettuce in a stripe across the center of the wrap making sure some of the frilly ends stick out past the edge of the tortilla.
  5. Arrange a generous helping of the french fries on top of the lettuce.
  6. Garnish the fries with tomato sauce and mustard.
  7. Place 2 of the cheese grillers on top of the fries with a slight overlap and the ends protruding over the edges of the tortilla.
  8. Sprinkle 40g of the cheese over this.
  9. Roll up the tortilla to enclose everything and secure this with 2 toothpicks. Continue with the second dog and serve immediately with the accompaniments of your choice.
  10. And there it is, the inimitable chip dog.... pure art in a wrap.


Devilled Lamb’s Kidneys with Brown Mushrooms and Creamy Garlic Glaze – Superb Kidney Recipe!!!

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Devilled Lamb's Kidneys with Brown Mushrooms and Creamy Garlic Glaze - Superb Kidney Recipe!!!
Recipe type: Lamb
Serves: 2
Devilled Lamb's Kidneys! In today's episode we're going to fry up a delicious meal of devilled lamb kidneys with brown mushrooms and an amazing creamy garlic glaze.
  • 5 Lamb's kidneys
  • Milk to soak (enough to cover)
  • 35ml All-purpose flour
  • 3.75ml Cayenne pepper
  • 3.75ml Hot mustard powder
  • 15ml + 15ml Olive oil
  • 50g Butter
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 5ml Garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 Brown mushrooms
  • 50ml Chicken stock
  • 50g Cream cheese
  • Parsley to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crusty rolls to serve
  1. To start, soak 5 lamb kidneys in milk for 60 minutes. This tempers the gamey flavor that kidneys sometimes have.
  2. Use a sharp scissors to remove the connective tissue in the center of each kidney, and cut each kidney into quarters.
  3. Measure out 35ml of all-purpose flour, 3.75ml or 3 quarters of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and the same quantity of hot mustard powder.
  4. Mix the flour, mustard and cayenne together thoroughly.
  5. Dredge the kidney quarters in the flour mixture to coat them all over and transfer these to a platter.
  6. Roughly chop 2 spring onions, finely chop a clove of garlic, quarter 4 brown mushrooms, measure out 50g of cream cheese and 50ml of chicken stock.
  7. Heat a large pan over medium high heat and add 50g of butter and 15ml of olive oil. Add the kidneys to the pan and fry these for 4 minutes, turning every minute, until they nice and golden brown with crispy edges.
  8. Remove the kidneys from the pan and put these aside.
  9. Add the mushrooms to the pan and pour in another 15ml of olive oil.
  10. Stir fry these for 60 seconds, then add the spring onions and garlic.
  11. Stir-fry this for a further 60 seconds and add the stock and the cream cheese. Stir the cheese around until it has melted into the stock.
  12. Return the kidneys to the pan and stir these around the pan until everything is well coated with the sauce.
  13. Serve your masterpiece on toasted crusty rolls garnished with fresh parsley and the accompaniments of your choice.


Chef T’s Magic Powder – for Incredible Burger Patties, Steaks, Chicken, Pork, Stews & Soups!!!

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Chef T's Magic Powder - for Incredible Burger Patties, Steaks, Chicken, Pork, Stews & Soups!!!
Recipe type: Seasoning / Rubs / Spices
Today we're going to make a batch of my magic powder. This amazing stuff is primarily for making the most incredible burger patties, however it can be used just as successfully to flavor roasts, stews, soups and really just about anything. After making the powder, I will demonstrate how to use it to make the burger patties, and a superbly tender roast spatcock chicken. The theory behind how and why this powder works so well will covered in another episode in the near future. Although you can naturally dry the ingredients for the powder in trays, it does help to have a food dryer with multiple racks.
  • 80g Fresh coriander leaves (with stems)
  • ½ Red Pepper
  • ½ Yellow Pepper
  • 30ml Tabasco sauce
  • 8 Portabello mushrooms (or procini)
  • 30ml Onion Flakes
  • 15ml Lemon pepper
  • 15ml +15ml Cornstarch
  • 15ml Salt
For the Burger Patties
  • 7.5ml Magic powder per 100g ground beef
  • 10ml Water per 100g ground beef
For the Chicken
  • Magic powder
  • Roasting vegetables of your choice
  • 1.8kg Chicken
  1. To start, place 80g of fresh coriander, including the stems into drying racks.
  2. Cut a half yellow pepper and a half red pepper into strips.
  3. Place these in a mixing bowl, pour in 30ml or 2 tablespoons of Tabasco sauce and toss the peppers until everything is coated.
  4. Cut 8 portabello mushrooms into slices. You can also use porcini mushrooms which work just as well.
  5. Place the sliced mushrooms and peppers into drying trays and stack these on your dryer for 36 to 48 hours until everything is well desiccated.
  6. To make the powder from all the dried ingredients, you will to measure 30ml or 2 tablespoons of dried onion flakes, 15ml or a tablespoon of lemon pepper, 15ml of salt and 15ml of cornstarch.
  7. Place all of the ingredients from the dryer on a chopping board and chop them roughly to make them more manageable for your spice grinder.
  8. Fill your spice grinder to the top with some of this mixture and machine it until reasonably fine.
  9. During the machining the mixture will break down considerably leaving space to add more of the mixture.
  10. Add more of the mixture along with some of the cornstarch.
  11. Machine it again, and carry on adding more of the dried ingredients along with a little cornstarch, until all of the ingredients from the dryer have been ground.
  12. Place this in a bowl, and add the salt, onion flakes, lemon pepper and remaining cornstarch. Mix this together well.
  13. Put the mixture back into the grinder in batches and machine each batch until fine.
  14. Place the fine mixture in a jug and add a further 15ml of cornstarch and mix this in. The cornstarch is used as an anti-caking agent.
  15. Transfer the magic powder to an air-tight sprinkle bottle with large holes and you're ready to go.
  16. To make your magic burger patties you will need 7.5ml or 1.5 teaspoons of magic powder for every 100g of ground beef as well as 10ml or 2 teaspoons of water for each 100g of beef.
  17. Place this all in your stand mixer with the dough hook attached and allow this to mix for 7 minutes on medium low speed, until well emulsified.
  18. Press the burger patties and grill as normal.
  19. Make up your burgers and enjoy. Here we see a double cheese burger using my magic patties and the McDonald's burger we made 2 episodes back.
  20. For the chicken, cut the bird down through breast bone and flatten it out. Place it in a large roasting pan.
  21. Sprinkle the magic powder liberally over the chicken and fill up any space in the pan with the roasting vegetables of your choice.
  22. Pour in 400ml of chicken stock and cover the pan with foil.
  23. Bake the chicken in a pre-heated oven at 200c or 400f for 45 minutes.
  24. Remove the pan from the oven, remove the foil from the pan and return it to the oven uncovered for a further 35 minutes.
  25. Increase the heat to 250c or 480f for a further 10 to 15 minutes until the chicken is crispy and golden. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.


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
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.
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
  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!!!
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.
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
  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
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.
  • 800g Monkfish, or any firm white fish
  • 250g All-purpose flour
  • 30ml Cracked black pepper
  • 15ml Cayenne pepper
  • 15ml Fine salt
  • 4 Eggs
  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!!!
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.
  • 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
  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!!!
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.
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)
  • 4 Burger buns
  • Lettuce
  • 4 Slices processed cheese
  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!!!
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.
  • 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
  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.


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