Recipe: Lasagna

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Homemade lasagna! With cottage, mozzarella, Cheddar cheese, finished in 3 tomato sauces topped with salami.

Ingredients:

.    454 grams sweet Italian sausage

.    340 grams lean ground beef

.    1/2 cup minced onion

.    2 cloves garlic, crushed

.    1 (794 grams) can crushed tomatoes

.    2 (170 grams) cans tomato paste

.    2 (184 grams) cans canned tomato sauce

.    1/2 cup water

.    2 tablespoons white sugar

.    1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves

.    1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

.    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

.    1 tablespoon salt

.    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

.    4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

.    12 lasagna noodles

.    454 grams ricotta cheese

.    1 egg

.    1/2 teaspoon salt

.    340 grams pound mozzarella cheese, sliced

.    3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe: Boeuf en Croute pastry

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Boeuf en Croute done with cheese and herb pastry with red wine sauce. finished with potato, baby carrots and beans on the side with beef gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 604 grams of beef tenderloin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 454 grams mushrooms, very finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup Madeira
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • Handful chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 x 453 grams packages puff pastry or frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • potato, baby carrot and beans (optional)

Directions:

1. Season the beef with salt, and pepper. Melt a tablespoon of butter with a drizzle of the olive oil in a sauté pan until hot, then sear the beef on all sides. Remove from the pan to a board, and let cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

2. In the same pan as the beef, prepare the mushroom duxelles: Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and fry the shallots until translucent. Add the mushrooms, thyme, and bay leaf, and cook until very tender. Pour over the Madeira, and bring to a boil, and cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Add the creme fraiche and cook down to a very thick paste. Season the mixture with salt, and pepper. Stir through the chopped parsley.

3. Roll out one block of pastry to a rectangle large enough to fit the meat with a roomy border. Place on a baking sheet. Remove the fillet from the refrigerator, and unwrap. Spoon the mushroom mixture into the center of the pastry and set the meat on top. Roll out the second sheet to fit over the whole fillet generously. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and 1 teaspoon water. Brush the margins of the bottom pastry with egg wash, then drape the second sheet over, pressing to seal well. Trim the edge to a 1-inch border. Crimp the edges with your fingers. Refrigerate until ready to bake.

4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

5. Brush the whole surface of the pastry with egg wash and make two slits in the top with a knife to allow steam to escape. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F, and continue to bake 20 minutes, depending on how well you like your meat done. Remove from the oven and let stand about 10 minutes before serving in slices.

6. Serve with potato, baby carrots beans and gravy if desired.

Recipe: Mascarpone Cheese Mousse Cake

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Ingredients – Filling:

  • 454 grams of cream cheese stored at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs stored at room temperature
  • 454 grams of mascarpone stored at room temperature

Ingredients – Crust:

  • a box of Italian sugar finger biscuits
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon sugar (optional, depending on how sweet you would like your crust)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Combine crumbs, butter and sugar and stir together. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan and bake for about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Change the oven heat to 160 degrees and get out a large roasting pan that will fit the springform pan. Cover the sides and bottom of the springform pan very, very well with aluminum foil.
  3. In a food processor, blend sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time, until blended and smooth. Add in mascarpone and process again.
  4. Pour into the crust and place in roasting pan. Place the pan in the oven and fill halfway up the sides of the springform with warm water. Bake for 55 minutes at 160 degrees.
  5. Thereafter, turn off the oven and leave the cake inside for 20-30 minutes, until the center just seems set but will still ripple when the pan is jiggled (I left mine in for a bit longer, about 35 minutes, since it seemed a bit loose).
  6. Remove from water bath and cool compeletely on a wire rack.
  7. Gently place Italian sugar finger biscuits on the outer edges of the cheese mousse cake.
  8. When it has cooled, refrigerate overnight or until cold, before serving.

Recipe: Crumbed Kingklip Fillet Sandwich

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Oven baked bread crumb kingklip fillet with melted mozzarella, laid on ciabatta bread along with freshly prepared celery root remoulade coleslaw. Finished with battered onion rings on the side. Battered onion rings are always best complemented with root remoulade coleslaw and fish, which is what inspired me to create this heavenly combination!

NOTE:

  • Make ahead: Cornflake crumbs are found in the spice section. Crumb chicken in advance. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Preparation time excludes 6 hours marinating time.
  • 4 crumbed fish fillet sandwiches are made from this recipe. Adjust proportions to the amount of sandwiches you wish to make.

 Ingredients – General:

  • 4 ciabatta breads
  • 1/2 green cabbage, white core removed, finely chopped
  •  2 tomatoes
  •  3 Gherkins
  • Mozzarella cheese

Ingredients – Crumbed kingklip fillet:

  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 4 kingklip fillets
  • 3/4 cup cornflake crumbs
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup fat-free plain yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Ingredients – Celery root remoulade coleslaw:

  • 2 pounds celery root
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup good mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients – Battered onion rings:

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (recommended: Crystal)
  • 2 large red onions, sliced into rings
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • Salt
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • Vegetables oil, for frying

Directions:

  1. Store cornflake crumbs (found in spice section of stores) in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  2. Combine 1 cup buttermilk and cajun seasoning in a medium bowl. Add kingklip fillets and ensure that they are completely immersed in buttermilk. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 6 hours to marinate.
  3. Preheat oven to 220C/200C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Take cornflake crumbs out of fridge and place in a shallow dish. Remove 1 kingklip fillet from marinade. Add to cornflake crumbs and press to coat. Place on prepared tray. Repeat with remaining kingklip fillets and cornflake crumbs. Spray with oil. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until fish is cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare and make celery root remoulade coleslaw: use a serrated knife to peel the celery root of all the brown outer portions, like peeling a pineapple. Cut the celery root into thin matchsticks with a mandoline, or grate them in a food processor fitted with the coarsest grating blade. With the food processor, press a little as you feed the chunks through and you will have larger shreds.
  5. Place the celery root in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and allow to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, the 2 mustards, the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice, the vinegar, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper. Add enough sauce to lightly moisten the salad. (You may have some sauce left over). Once the large bowl prepared in Step 5 was allowed to stand for 30 min, mix the sauce made in this step into the large bowl.
  7. While waiting for the kingklip fillets within the oven and the celery root coleslaw, the battered onioned rings can be prepared and fried. In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, the milk and the hot pepper sauce.
  8. Add the onion rings, and set aside while you season the flour. In a large baking dish or pie plate, combine the celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, paprika, chili powder, white pepper, salt and the flour.
  9. Heat about 3 inches of oil to 350 degrees F in a large Dutch oven.
  10. Remove the onion rings from the liquid mixture and dredge in the flour mixture. Repeat the process to double coat the rings.
  11. Place the onion rings into the oil in batches and fry until golden brown and crispy (about 5 minutes). Drain the onion rings on a paper towel lined plate and season with salt while still hot, then transfer to a serving platter.
  12. 50 minutes should have passed by now, so the kingklip fillets should be well ready. Toast the ciabatta bread, then lay green cabbage on the bread. Thereafter, place sliced tomatoes on top of the cabbage, and then the celery root remoulade coleslaw with a few sliced gherkins. The kingklip fillets are then placed on top of the coleslaw, along with melted mozzarella cheese and a few sliced gherkins. The battered onion rings are served at the side.