A tasty mac 'n' cheese that's simple but delicious. This is a great recipe for any leftover bits of cheese that you have in the fridge. I used in this recipe mascarpone, tasty and parmesan cheese as thats what i had, but feel free to experiment with what you like.
2 Cups Milk (my need more depending how thin you want your sauce)
4 Slices Bacon, cooked and diced (keep the bacon fat)
2 Cups Cheese (can be any cheese you like)
3 Tablespoons Mascarpone cheese
Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water until just cooked.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add the flour. Cook stirring for 1 minute.
Gradually add the milk, stirring until smooth. Add in Bacon and rendered bacon fat. Stir until sauce becomes thick and creamy. Remove from the heat, add the grated cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
Drain pasta and add to cheese sauce, Stir thoroughly and serve.
Grilled Halloumi its simple, tasty and looks an sounds fancy! what more could you want? I pair it with a sweet potato hash browns, Grilled tomatoes and basil leaves. Delicious!
1 block or packet Halloumi
300g Sweet Potato, grated
1/2 Teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
Oil for frying
Place the sweet potato, eggs and seasoning in a bowl and mix well. Heat a little oil in frying pan over medium heat. Cook ¼ cups of the sweet potato mixture for 2−3 minutes on each side or until they are golden and crispy. Drain on Paper towel and keep warm. Using the same frying pan add a little more oil if needed. Slice halloumi cheese into wide, 1 cm thick slices. Place slices in frying pan for just a few minutes on each side (about 2-3 minutes), until lightly browned and gently crisped( Be careful to not overcook it as it will go rubbery) Halloumi cheese is best served immediately.
A tasty treat where the flavor options are endless. I first had these at a BBQ in Australia. My mother in law had brought them and from then i was hooked. I make them all the time for my daughter and she loves them as well. They are so simple to make but ridiculously tasty!
2 Sheets Puff Pastry
150g Bacon Bits
200g Cheese (This can be any cheese you like, i use a mix of Parmesan and Cheddar)
80g Passata (Or a good Tomato pasta sauce)
Oil for frying
Pre heat oven to 180'c. Layer a large baking tray with baking paper.
Heat oil in a small frying pan on a medium heat. Add bacon bits and fry until golden n crispy.
Spread passata over one side of each of the puff pastry sheets. Sprinkle cheese over sauce (save some cheese for putting over the top before putting in oven). Evenly scatter the cooked bacon bits over cheese. Roll up pastry and cut each log into 12 slices, layer slices with the filling facing up on the covered baking tray. Sprinkle over remaining cheese.
Bake in oven for 20 mins or until pastry is puffed and golden.
These little crunchy party snacks are the perfect as a starter with a garden salad or as a party plate. I typically use Swiss and Parmesan cheese for my tarts but this recipe is great when you have leftover cheese you need to use up.
6 Medium Potatoes
2 Sheets Puff Pastry
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Grated Cheddar & Parmesan cheese
1 Teaspoon Chopped Rosemary
Pre Heat oven to 180'c. Line a tray with baking paper.
Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until almost tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Cut into thin slices.
Cut each pastry sheet into 9 rectangles. Score each rectangle about 1/8-inch from edge. Prick the inside of the square all over with a fork. chill 10 minutes.
Arrange 3-4 potato slices onto each pastry piece and sprinkle with salt. Combine cheese and rosemary. Sprinkle cheese mixture over each tartlet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and crispy.
These little balls are delicious by themselves or served with mashed potatoes or a simple salad. You can flavour the meat mixture with whatever you like to suit your taste. I mince my own meat by you can just use pre brought chicken mince.
2 Chicken breasts (or a packet of pre brought chicken mince)
1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
1 small chopped onion (optional)
2 Tablespoons Italian herbs seasoning
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
1 Chicken stock cube (optional)
Salt and Pepper
1/2 Cup seasoned flour
2 Eggs beaten
1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup Tomato Pasatta
2 slices Ham (optional)
1/2 Cup Cheese (I used cheddar) grated
Pre heat the oven to 180'c. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Using a mincer mince the chicken breast using a course mix blade. Add breadcrumbs, onion, seasoning, liquid smoke and a crushed stock cube and mix till well combined. season with salt and pepper. Roll mixture into bite size balls ( I got 15 balls out of my mixture). Take one ball cover in seasoned flour and once fully covered transfer to the beaten egg mixture cover completely and transfer to breadcrumb's. once covered set aside. Repeat with all remaining balls. Place balls onto baking tray and bake in oven for 20mins or until golden and crispy and chicken is cooked.
Once cooked remove from oven, place a piece of ham on top of each ball and a heaped teaspoon of tomato pasatta, top with cheese and place back in oven for 10mins or until cheese has melted.
Serve hot or cold.
Note: You can deep fry the balls instead of baking them just place them in the oven to melt the cheese.
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