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Monday, 12 February 2018

Recipe: Ribeye Steak Wrap w/ Awesome Sauce

It’s been a while coming but after all sorts of distractions we’ve finally got around to bottling one of the most commented on sauces that we do at the banquet:

We’ve decided to call it . . . . wait for it . . . . . Awesome sauce!! 

Currently available at Castle Cary Market on Tuesdays

Here is the first quick and easy recipe suggestion for it . . .

* cook red pepper
* cook steak & leave to rest
* mix salad w/ awesome sauce
* warm wrap
* slice steak & assemble
* devour

ingredients (make quick lunch for 1)

for the steak wrap
1/3 red pepper (charred)
1 steak (left to warm up to room temp before cooking)
1 tortilla wrap
25g mixed salad leaves (nice if there’s a little rocket / arugula in the mix)
6 baby plum tomatoes (sliced)
awesome sauce (to taste)

Slice up the red pepper and toss it in a little olive oil. Sear it in the frying pan you’re going to use for the steak. (it will give the steak a lovely flavour)

Once ready put the red pepper in a salad bowl.

Other than your choice of sauce the next most important thing is how to cook the perfect steak:
It’s really simple. 
1. Make sure sure your steak is at room temperature before you start.
If it was room temperature to start (rather than straight from the fridge) the middle won’t be stone cold when you’re done cooking it, and you’ll end up with the perfect steak.

2. Season and oil the steak in a Tupperware box. Rather than putting oil in the pan. 
This means you can get the pan a lot hotter with a lot less smoke, which in turn means you can get a great golden brown colour on your steak really quickly, and that means the middle won’t be over cooked!

3. Put a drop (literally) of oil in your pan and turn the heat up high, when the droplet starts to smoke you’re ready to cook.

4. Place the steak in the pan and cook for a minute or so until the underside it brown (or charred depending on your choice of steak), turn it and repeat.
For this post I used a ribeye. This particularly good ribeye steak was from Penleigh Farm Shop in Frome . . . thanks Owen!!

5. Once brown on both sides remove the steak and place on a warm plate to rest while you finish the rest . . .

Put the salad leaves, and tomato, in with the red pepper and add a good slug of awesome sauce (available here) and mix until everything is evenly coated.

I like to warm my wrap in the pan (w/ the juices from the steak) add great flavour!

Turn out the wrap and assemble that bad boy!!!


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Experiment Recipe: Moussagna (Moussaka Lasagna Hybrid!) (meaty or veggie)

This little creation was born when I went shopping and had a bit of a split personality moment. I was in two minds whether to make moussaka or lasagna so I bought the ingredients for both!

Moussagna (Moussaka Lasagna Hybrid!)

This little creation was born when I went shopping and had a bit of a split personality moment. I was in two minds whether to make moussaka or lasagna so I bought the ingredients for both!

The diced gherkins make a great addition to the mince, adding a nice texture and a little sharpness which balances the fat from the mince!

This recipe does have a some meat, but considering the size of the dish it’s not much. A touch of veggie mince would make this a top veggie dish.

* cooking
prep time 45-60m
cooking time 25m @ 200C

storage after it’s cooked
fridge (1-4C) ~7days
freezable cut it into portions and bag or wrap in cling film before freezing!

oven defrost, remove plastic wrapper then 20-30m @ 180C
microwavable defrost, remove plastic wrapper then 3mins / 400g @ 800W

28x14cm baking tin (at least 6cm deep )
(GN 1/3 6cm)

ingredients (serves 6-8)

for the red sauce
2 red peppers (2cm square pieces)
2 red onion (1cm dice)
50ml olive oil
1/2 courgette (washed, peeled, 1cm dice)
25g butter
400g fried tomatoes (recipe here)
25g Sriracha hot sauce
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar (optional)

for the white sauce
500ml milk
50g butter (room temp)
200g mature cheddar (grated)
1/2 tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
1/2 tsp maldon salt (1/4 normal salt)
1 tbsp corn flour (mixed into 100ml of water)

for the minced component (meat or veggie)
1 large onion (~200g, 1cm dice)
4 sweet pickled gherkins (~5mm dice)
250g minced beef / lamb / veggie mince
4 cloves garlic

for the aubergine
1 large aubergine
50ml olive oil

for the topping
65g bread crumbs
10g parsley (fine chop)
squeeze of lemon
slug of olive oil

for the assembly
250g fresh egg pasta sheets


red sauce
Prep the red pepper, onion and mix them with the oil in a medium pot.
Cook with the lid on, on a medium heat for 35 mins, string occasionally. (The red pepper should end up soft.)
Use the time to prep the aubergine & white sauce.
To finish the red sauce, sauté the courgette with the butter, then add it to the onion & pepper mix.
Add the fried tomato, hot sauce, sugar and vinegar. 
Mix well and leave on a medium low heat to simmer until you need it to assemble the dish.

white sauce
Warm the milk and butter in a medium saucepan until the butter has melted.
Mix the water and corn flour in a cup and pour it into the cheesy milk, stirring as you do.
Stir the bottom of the pan with the flat end of a flat ended spatula until the sauce has thickened.
Add the cheese and stir until smooth. 

The sauce won’t look that thick, but don’t forget that the lasagna sheets will absorb a lot of moisture.

The reason for using a flat ended spatula instead of a spoon, is that much more of the sauce is moved from the (hot) bottom of the pan stopping it burning and meaning that it thickens more quickly and evenly!!

for the minced component (meat or veggie)
Sweat off the onions and garlic in a frying pan on a medium heat, once translucent add the mince.
Break it apart and leave it alone until the meat has started to brown.
Mix it again and repeat until the all the mix is a lovely golden brown. 
Season it and add the gherkins, mixing well. Put to one side until needed.

Slice aubergine into 1/2 cm slices. 
Coat a frying pan with oil, removing the excess by pouring it into a heatproof jug.
place the sobering in the pan and turn once.

Season and mix well.

So at this point you should have all the layers ready!!
Arrange the ingredients in layers and cook at 200C for 25min.

= = = = = TOP = = = = = 
breadcrumb mix
white sauce
white sauce
——— pasta
red sauce
——— pasta
white sauce
meaty mix
white sauce
——— pasta
red sauce
——— pasta
meaty mix
white sauce
——— pasta
red sauce
= = = = = BOTTOM = = = = = 

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