Bagel Crisp Nachos

Beef, Bean and Bagel Nachos

Bagel Crisp Nachos

Did you know that Abe’s Bagels – Bagel Crisps contain 70% less fat than regular crisps? And, their scrumptious flavours contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Hells yeah! Meaning now you can have your crisps, and eat them too.

While chomping on these crisps, I thought I would try something different with my crisps, rather than cracking a packet and plonking on the couch or serving them with dip. Enter, Beef, Bean and Bagel Nachos; by replacing the standard nacho corn chips with bagel crisps not only will you be reducing your families fat intake, but the sturdy nature of the bagel crisps gives you superior scooping power as your crisp wont buckle under topping pressure or go soggy. Win.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 brown onion – halved and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • 1 tbs of oil olive
  • 420g tin of four bean mix – rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup of tomato paste
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tsp of sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of Moroccan spice mix
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of tasty cheese
  • 1 avocado – diced, to serve
  • Fresh coriander leaves, sour cream, and sweet chilli sauce, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook stirring for 2-3 minutes until onion begins to soften.
  2. Add beef mince, bean mix, tomato paste and herbs. Cook, using a fork to break up the mince, for 3-5 minutes or until beef mince is browned and herbs are fragrant.
  3. Add water and allow to simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until sauce has reduced and thickened.
  4. Pile Abe’s Bagels – Marlborough Sea Salt Bagel Crisps on an oven proof serving dish, top with beef and bean mix, top with cheese and grill under a medium grill to melt and brown.
  5. Top with fresh coriander leaves and diced avocado, and serve immediately with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.

Enjoy!

Salmon Rice Paper Rolls

Rice Paper Rolls

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

As you know I recently received a lovely box of goodies for the team at Huon Aquaculture to partake in their Huon Blogger Challenge. The Huon Blogger Challanage brings together 30 Australian Food Bloggers with the challenge for them to create and post a versatile, year-round recipe using Huon Reserve Selection. Lucky me!!

Which I sat pondering (and I won’t lie munching on some delicious salmon straight from the packet) I got to thinking about rice paper rolls – this healthy snack is the perfect weekend treat, fresh weeknight dinner, stylish finger food for guests or great for the kid’s lunch-boxes as an exciting alternative sandwiches. It’s also helpful to have a quick and delicious finger food recipe up your sleeve for when unexpected friends and family do the much feared ‘drop-in’. With Australia’s mild winters and the current craze of Vietnamese cuisine a refreshing rice paper is always a crowd pleaser. So plate up this bad boy and  you’ve got yourself a little celebration on a plate!

Ingredients – Rice Paper Rolls

  •  10 rice paper wrappers – there is over this amount in a standard packet
  •  250g of Huon Reserve Selection Hot Smoked Ocean Trout
  • 5 fresh, cooked Australian prawns – peeled and halved length ways
  • 3 carrots – cut into long, thin batons
  • 1 cucumber – cut into long, thin batons
  • 1 avocado – cut into long, thin batons
  • 20 sprigs of coriander
  • 10 shoots of green shallot
  • 100g rice paper noodles – cooked as per packet instructions

Ingredients – Thai Style Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tsp organic crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbs of sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tbs of rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of honey
  • the juice of half a lime

Method

  1. Fill a large flat bowl with hot water, I like to use my quiche dish, and place the rice paper wrappers in the water one at a time for about 30 seconds or until soft and pliable. Don’t leave for too long or the wrapper may tear.
  2. Place rice paper wrapper on a damp tea towel – the dampness is essential so the wrapper doesn’t stick. Top alternating wrapper with Huon Reserve Selection Hot Smoked Ocean Trout and 3 of the prawn halves. Top with coriander and add a little of the cucumber, carrot, avocado and a sprig of green shallot. Fold in sides, one end and roll up firmly to enclose filling. Place onto a plate and loosely cover with a another damp tea towel, repeat to make 10 rice-paper rolls.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the Thai Style Peanut Dipping Sauce add all ingredients to a small sauce dish and mix until well combined.
  4. Place rice paper rolls onto a large serving plate and serve with Thai Style Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Enjoy!

Nachos

Vegetarian Nachos

Nachos

Nachos are an easy crowd-pleaser that are super tasty and quick to make.  This version is vegetarian, although delicious when served with pan fried spicy chorizo, shredded roast chicken meat or strips of grilled steak. Perfect for a midweek meal, sporting bash or a DIY family dinner that everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of corn chips or tortilla crisps
  • 2 handfuls of grated tasty cheese
  • 1 jar of mild tomato salsa
  • 250g of McCain Corn Kernels – cooked and cooled
  • 3 medium tomatoes – seeds removed and cubed
  • 1 bunch of coriander – roughly chopped with a few full sprigs reserved for serving
  • 1 medium red onion – finely diced
  • 200g tin of red kidney beans – drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Sour Cream and Sweet Chilli Sauce to serve
  • Also, you can serve it with guacamole when avocados return to a reasonable price!

Method

  1. Add McCain Corn Kernels, tomatoes, beans, coriander, red onion and lime juice to a medium mixing bowl, stir well to combine and set aside.
  2. Scatter corn chips or tortilla crisps evenly in a large oven proof dish, top with jar of tomato salsa, sprinkle with tasty cheese and place under a hot grill for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is golden and melted.
  3. Remove chips from grill and top with McCain Corn Kernel salsa.
  4. Serve immediately with sour cream, sweet chilli sauce and garnish with coriander sprigs.

Enjoy!

Spice Roasted Potato Wedges

15 Minute Monday – Spice Roasted Red Skin Wedges

Spice Roasted Red Skin Wedges

These Spice Roasted Red Skin Wedges as simple to make, quick to cook and delicious to eat! They are the perfect party platter to whip up for Christmas entertaining or  to take to a BBQ.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet McCain’s Red Skin Wedges
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp ground onion
  • 1 tsp dried ground garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp Moroccan spice mix
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Spray canola oil
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander – roots removed
  • 1 long red chilli
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts
  • 200g plain Greek yoghurt
  • 2 lemons to serve – cut into cheeks

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 230°C degrees (210°C fan-forced) and line to baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Evenly divide McCain’s Red Skin Wedges among the two trays and spray with canola oil. In a small bowl combine all dried herbs and salt, mix to combine. Scatter herb mix evenly over the wedges and turn to coat. Bake for ten minutes or until golden brown.

Spice Roasted Red Skin Wedges - Progress 1

  1. Meanwhile, halve the chilli lengthways and remove seeds and membrane. Finely slice and set aside.  Heat a small pan over a medium heat and add pine nuts, cook stirring until golden.

Spice Roasted Red Skin Wedges - Progress 2

  1. Remove wedges from oven and place onto a serving platter. Top with fresh coriander sprigs, toasted pine nuts, yoghurt dollops and sliced chilli. Serve with lemon cheeks.

Enjoy xx

Beef Kofta

Beef Kofta

Ingredients

  • 500g premium beef mince
  • 1 brown onion – finely diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1/2 cup of loosely packed coriander leaves – roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp of dried ground onion
  • 1 tsp of dried ground garlic – I like garlic
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper – to taste, about 1/2 tsp each

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Shape mixture into small football shaped sausages – you should get about 15-20 per 500g of mince.
  3. BBQ, grill or pan fry until cooked.
  4. Serve with salad, pita bread, natural yogurt and lemon wedges.

Enjoy!

15 Minute Monday – Chicken Larb Gai

 

delicious. - March 2010, Page 102. Photography by Ian Wallace.

delicious. – March 2010, Page 102.
Photography by Ian Wallace.

Chicken Larb Gai with mint and basil is a Thai-inspired dish that is perfect for those midweek dinners when you want something quick, easy and light. It doesn’t need oil, so the meat has a lovely light, un-fried quality to it. Served with rice, it’s a satisfying main meal.

Ingredients

  • 150ml salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 500g chicken mince – you could also use pork mince if you’d like
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fish sauce
  • 5cm piece ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs lime juice, plus extra lime wedges to serve
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • 2 tbs roughly chopped salted peanuts

Method

  1. Heat the chicken stock in a wok or large frypan over medium-high heat,  add the mince, fish sauce and ginger. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes or until the meat has browned and cooked through. It might stick at first, but keep stirring!
  2. Add the chilli and sugar and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  3. Add the lime juice and most of the mint, basil and coriander to the warm mince mixture, then gently fold through, allowing the herbs to wilt. Taste and adjust the lime juice, fish sauce and salt to your liking.
  4. Arrange the cucumber and lettuce leaves on 4 serving plates. Use a slotted spoon to pile the larb gai over the top. Scatter with the peanuts and the remaining mint, basil and coriander, then serve with the lime wedges.

Enjoy!

15 Minute Monday – Turkish Eggs

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These Turkish style baked eggs are perfect for family dinners, served with a light green salad or are an impressive addition to any weekend brunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion – halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 can of cushed tomato with paste and capsicum
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 100g of feta – crumbled
  • 2 sprigs mint – leaves picked and finely sliced
  • 4 rounds pita bread – to serve
  • 1/2 cup roast garlic tzatziki – to serve
  • 1/2 cup of hummus – to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add paprika, coriander and cumin; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add tomato and 1/2 cup of water. Season. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Wrap pita bread in foil and place in oven. Cook for 5 minutes or until warm.
  3. Make 4 holes in tomato mixture and crack 1 egg into each hole. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook covered for 5 minutes or until egg white is set and yolks are still runny.
  4. Top with crumbled feta and chopped mint.
  5. Serve with tzatziki, hummus and pita bread.

Enjoy!