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Archive for the month “July, 2015”

Fetteh (Moroccan Chickpeas with Crispy Pita Bread)

Fetteh is the latest buzz around Melbourne – every time I see a restaurant or cafe review it’s mentioned somewhere…  I decided to jump on the bandwagon and check it out.  The result was a delicious meal that I will make again and again…

It’s basically Moroccan style nachos – crispy pita bread topped with a lovely thick chickpea and yoghurt mixture and then crowned with golden spicy slivered almonds in a buttery sauce.  Sensational!

I cheated with the spices and just bought a little jar of Masterfoods Moroccan Seasoning which saved a lot of time.  The whole dish took only about 10 minutes to make so it’s a winner if you are stuck for time…

Fetteh

Ingredients:

2 cans chickpeas drained

2 pita bread

300 grams of Greek Yoghurt

2 tablespoons of Tahini

1 clove of garlic

2 teaspoons Moroccan Spices

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon of olive oil

300 grams of slivered almonds

Lemon and parsley or coriander to garnish

Method:

Preheat oven to hottest setting

Split the pita bread apart and roast until coloured and crunchy

In the meantime, gently heat the yoghurt, tahini and chickpeas taking care as the yoghurt will split if heated too quickly

Heat the olive oil in a small pan and gently fry the garlic, spices and almonds until golden

Break up the pita bread into rough pieces and place in the bottom of a bowl

Spoon over the chickpea mixture

Pour the oil, butter and almond over the top

Squeeze over the lemon and garnish with parsley or coriander

Best served immediately so the bread doesn’t go soggy

 

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Baked Kransky, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Cold winter nights need some comfort food and there is nothing more tasty than Kransky Sausages baked in a risotto with bacon and peas.  Add some red pesto and you have a delicious combination and it’s hard to stop at just one bowl!

Kransky is a Slovenian sausage most similar to a Polish sausage and is predominantly filled with pork and bacon.  Variations include Cheese Kransky – which has little cubes of cheese added and Chilli Kransky which is hot.

Red Pesto is a variation on the usual green basil based pesto but has the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and sometimes chilli to give a lovely tangy flavour and a vibrant colour.

Frozen peas are a gal’s best friend and add colour and texture to everything and I have no guilt at all about using them.  Really – who has time to individually pod peas!

This dish freezes well and can also be made into Risotto balls

Baked Kransky, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large red onion finely chopped

1 garlic clove grated

1 stick of celery finely sliced

3 Kransky sausages skin removed and chopped into small pieces

3 rashers of bacon finely chopped

2 cups Arborio rice

2 generous tablespoons red pesto

4 cups of chicken stock

1 cup frozen peas

1 generous cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

½ tub light sour cream

Seasoning to taste

Knob of butter – optional

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, add onion, celery, garlic, bacon & Kransky and cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes.

Add rice, stir for another minute so rice is coated, then add the red pesto.

Pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil.

Season with salt & pepper to taste

Transfer to large casserole dish, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

Just prior to serving cook the peas in the microwave for 3 minutes

Remove risotto from oven and gently stir through peas, parmesan cheese and sour cream.

Check seasoning

Add the additional tablespoon of butter to make a lovely glossy texture if required.

 

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Moroccan Style Chicken with Olives & Preserved Lemon

We love the salty tangy taste of olives and preserved lemons together in a dish and nothing is easier than this North African inspired chicken recipe.  So quick and easy to prepare and when served with Giant Cous Cous is a wonderfully satisfying meal.

Giant Cous Cous is sometimes called Pearl or Israeli Cous Cous and is readily available in supermarkets these days.  It is basically pasta as it is made from semolina or wheat and puffs up into little al dente balls.  A wonderful accompaniment for any saucy dish…

Preserved lemon is also available from good deli’s and adds a zingy lemony tang to all sorts of dishes from dips to salads to casseroles…

The amounts given here will serve 8 people and it freezes very well.

Moroccan Chicken

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 kgs chicken thighs

3 red onions sliced

3 cloves garlic grated

1 long red chilli sliced

3 teaspoons ground ginger

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon turmeric

3 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons of cornflour

1 cup pitted Kalamata olives

1 small bunch of parsley roughly chopped

1 small bunch coriander roughly chopped

3 tablespoons chopped preserved lemons

Salt & pepper to taste

Giant Cous Cous

1 cup of Israeli (or pearl) cous cous

1 teaspoon of garlic butter (or plain)

1 cup of chicken stock

Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Cut each thigh fillet in half (or into three pieces if very large)

Heat the oil and sear quickly in batches until coloured then put aside

Turn down the heat and gently fry the onions, garlic & red chilli until softened

Add in the spices and cook until fragrant

Add the chicken and any juices back in to the mixture

Pour in the stock and season with salt & pepper to taste

Simmer for around an hour or until chicken is cooked and the sauce has reduced slightly

Take out a cup or two of sauce and allow to cool

Mix the cornflour and sauce until smooth and add back into the pot stirring until thickened

Toss in the olives, lemon and herbs

Serve with cous cous

Giant Cous Cous

Gently fry the cous cous in the garlic butter for a few minutes until thoroughly coated

Pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil

Cover and gently simmer for around 5-10 minutes until al dente (check every few minutes

Season with salt & pepper to taste

 

Bon Appetit!    🙂

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