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Harringtons Black Pudding Bacon and Egg Brunch

I love a tasty brunch and this was quick to plate and perfect the other week. I had some cubed roasted vegetables leftover from the night before and with some of Harrington Small Goods in the fridge, their yummy dry cured streaky bacon and black pudding so I made myself and a couple of friends very happy.

I have been cooking with Harrington Small Goods for years and love their range. Check out their website for a wide selection is very traditional small goods that are well worth trying.

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Serves 4

Extra virgin olive oil
2 cups of diced, leftover roasted vegetables
Harringtons black pudding, cut into eight (1cm/½in) slices or 4 long slices) as in the image
8 rashers of Harringtons dry-cured bacon
2 teaspoons white vinegar
4 eggs (as fresh as possible), poach more if desired
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Crusty bread, to serve if desired

Preheat oven to 170C

In a baking tray spread the leftover roasted vegetable cubes and give them a light coating of olive oul and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes and turn oven down to 160C to keep them warm.

Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add one tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the black pudding in 2 batches and cook for one minute on each side until tender. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Once drained add to the top of the vegetables in the oven to keep warm.

Increase the heat a little, add the 4 bacon slices and sauté until lightly golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper and then add to the black pudding to keep warm. Repeat

To poach the eggs, bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the vinegar to the water, season with salt and reduce to a very gentle simmer. Carefully break the eggs into the water and simmer for three to four minutes until just cooked but still soft on the inside. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper, trimming away ragged edges of egg white.

In 4 wide bowls serve the roasted with the black pudding, bacon and egg(s) on top of the vegetables. Enjoy!!!

Drunken BLACK Pork Spare Ribs

Serves 2

1kg rack of pork spare ribs
2 tablespoons (60ml) Stabler & Steel’s Sauce “Black”
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
100g dark soft brown sugar
600g tomato tomato paste
½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon (30ml) chilli sauce (optional, adjust to taste)
Salt and pepper to season

Preheat your oven on medium low to 150˚C (130˚C) fan.

Peel and roughly chop the onion, quite rustic chop. Place a frying pan over a medium heat until its hot and sdd the olive oil and onions. Cook turning for 3-4 minutes and then add the garlic and season with salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the chilli sauce (if using) and brown sugar and cook, stirring, for a further 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar has melted.

Add the tomato paste and the Stabler & Steel’s Sauce “Black” and bourbon then stir it to combine. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Place the ribs into a deep-sided roasting tray and pour the sauce all over the ribs.

Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 2 hours.

After 2 hours increase the temp to 180˚C (160˚C) fan, remove the foil and cook for 30 to 45 minutes turning and basting every 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let the ribs cool down so they are not too hot to handle before serving.

Serve while warm with finger bowls of warm water and lemon juice.

Black Caramelised Onions with Bacon and Sweet Potato

A great tasting spoon starter when you are entertaining and easy to bring together.

Makes about 1½ cups (Caramelized Onions)

Ingredients

2 tbsp Stabler & Steel Sauce Magic Black

1/4 cup good olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1/2 cup thin sliced and diced smoky bacon
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 large red onions
1 tsp dried thyme
2 marge sweet potatoes, pealed, cooked and cubes
1 tbsp diced chilli (optional, adjust to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Slice the onions in half, then slice very thin.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onions and bacon then season with salt and pepper.

Stir constantly until the liquid starts to evaporates from the onions, about 8-10 minutes and then add the honey and lemon juice. You must stir so the onions so they don’t steam in their own juices otherwise they will not caramelize. This takes about 15 minutes.

Reduce the heat to a medium low, add the thyme, chilli (if using) and Stabler & Steel Sauce Magic Black, stir well and cook an additional 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are a rich golden brown.

Add the diced sweet potato cubed and lightly turn to mix and warm up, check seasoning and adjust to taste.

Server in warmed (to the touch) tasting spoons and garnish with some diced chives or parsley.

Cornbread Muffin Cups

2 cups coarse cornmeal (available in New Zealand as maize flour or maize meal )
2 cups flour (use gluten-free as required)
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 and 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups cheddar (tasty) cheese, grated
Fine diced fresh chilli to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 200C (400F) degrees, making sure its well warmed up.

Grease a standard size muffin/cupcake tray.

Hot sauce match – Smoky Dragon Chipotle

Mix dry and wet ingredients in 2 separate bowls. Pour the dry over the wet and combine the ingredients gently taking care not to overmix, the batter should be a little lumpy.

Pour into the muffin tray compartments, filling each to ¾ full.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until firm to the touch and lightly browned.

Let muffins cool completely and using a teaspoon or a small knife cut or scoop out the middle of the muffin, making a deep well for your filling.

Add your choice of warmed filling, leftover pulled pork is perfect. Top with a poached egg, garnish with diced chilli if using and serve.

Hot sauce match Smoky Dragon Chipotle

 

300 Gram Burger Pattie Stacks

There is over 300g of meat pattie in each stack and they can be cut in two and pinned with a bamboo skewer.

Serves 4-6 with sides

Pattie Mix

300g each of lamb and beef mince
2 slices streaky bacon, diced fine (dry cured is the best)
½ brown or red onion, chopped finely
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary
½ cup grated carrot
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
100g (4oz) sharp or taste cheese of choice, finely
2 -3 tbsp olive oil

Sauce

1 400g tin diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp each dried rosemary, basil, oregano and thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp dried chillies flakes (optional)
150g smoked or tasty cheese, grated

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the oil. Using your hands, mix throughout, but gently. I use my thumb when I am mixing as it allows me to push the ingredients into the mix to make sure its all distributed evenly.
Lightly oil the palms of your hands, and shape the mixture into one large ball.

Turn out onto a chopping board and cut and weigh into 4 balls. Two x 200g each and 2 x 100g each. Shape into patties, cover and rest in the fridge for a couple of hours.

In a pot heat the oil on the stove on medium and add the onion. Cook the onion for 5-10 minutes until they are soft. Add the garlic and dried chillies and cook stirring for another 2-3 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the tomato, paste herbs and stock. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce can be made ahead and stored, sealed in the fridge for a couple of days until needed.

Pre-heat bbq or oven grill to medium-hot and cook the patties for 6-7 minutes on each side. Remove from heat when done and rest for 5 minutes. (Smoker cooking directions below)

Preheat oven to 180C. In an oven proof dish or skillet place a smaller pattie on top of a larger one. Put 2-3 tbsp’s of the sauce over each stack and top with a smoked or tasty cheese. Bake in the oven to finish for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with desired sides. Slaw is a great choice.

Cooking using a smoker

Get your pit going and heat to 230 Deg F. Add patties to the smoker on a tray and cook for 60-75 minutes or until the internal temp reached 160 Deg F.

Make the stacks and top with the cheese, return and cook until the cheese has melted.

Plate and top with sauce. I use a mix of apple and oak wood compressed logs from Commodities NZ for flavour.
Eezilite firelog apple or oak 10kg compressed smoking logs.

Meatball Bacon Bombs

Serves 6

Ingredients

Meatball Mix

300g lamb, beef or pork mince, or a mix of your choice
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs, use gluten free as required
1 tsp Mrs Rogers dried parsley
1 tsp Mrs Rogers dried thyme
1 tsp Mrs Rogers dried rosemary
3 tbsp Mrs Rogers grated carrot
1 tsp Mrs Rogers dried basil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
100g (4oz) taste cheese, grated finely (optional, leave out for DF)
2 -3 tbsp olive oil

Onion cups
12 slices streaky bacon
3 meduim to large brown onions sliced in ½ and ends topped so they sit flat

Bbq sauce of choice (sweet and sour is also good)

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.

Hollow out each of the onion halves so there is about 10mm all around making it into a cup.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the bacon and the oil. Using your hands, mix throughout, but gently. I use my thumb when I am mixing as it allows me to push the ingredients into the mix to make sure its all distributed evenly.

Lightly oil the palms of your hands, and shape the mixture into one large ball. Turn out onto a chopping board and cut the ball into 6 even sized balls and place in each of the onion cups..

Wrap 1-2 slices of the bacon around each cup and pin with a tooth pick is required.

Baste with bbq sauce and bake for 30-40 minutes or cook until done basting again after 15-20 minutes.

Serve with choice of seasonal fresh vegetables.

Honey Creamed Chicken with Bacon

H-Must-chThis is easy to make and can be quite cost effective to make when chicken thighs or breasts are on special and is yummy served over steamed or roasted vegetables. It is also great with pasta, rice or mashed kumara and potato.

Ingredients

1/3 cup Manawa honey
5 skinless and boneless chicken breasts (or chicken thighs)
1/2 cup diced bacon, (I used 4 streaky bacon rashers)
3 level tbsp whole grain mustard
1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic, (or 3-4 cloves crushed garlic)
Salt to season
1/3 cup cream
1 cup milk (skim or full fat – almond milk may be used for a dairy free option)
1 tsp corn flour mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or chives

Method

In a large, shallow dish, combine the honey, mustard, garlic, oil and salt to taste (not too much salt if serving with bacon as the bacon will add a salty flavour when served). Coat chicken evenly in the sauce and set aside for 20 minutes.

Heat a nonstick pan (or skillet) over medium heat fry the bacon until crispy and transfer to a plate.

In the same pan, sear chicken pieces on each side in the oil left over from the bacon until just beginning to brown (about 2-3 minutes per side).

Add any remaining honey mustard sauce into the pan along with the cream and milk. Bring to a simmer while stirring occasionally to mix the favours through the sauce (about 3 minutes), until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a warmed plate leaving the sauce in the pan.

Pour the cornflour mixture into the centre of the pan, mixing it through the sauce until it thickens. Place chicken back into the pan and coat with the sauce. Top with the bacon and garnish with parsley.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Manawa Honey Glazed Cheese Scones

Ches-scne-webI love a good scone and to achieve this its all about how you bring together the dough.

Gluten Free Cheese Scones

Ingredients

2 tbsp Manawa Honey, warmed to a liquid. Add a tsp lemon zest when warming
250g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
80g Butter, unsalted, cubed
Pinch of Salt
100g of mature Cheddar or tasty, plus extra for the top.
1 egg
75ml Milk
You can also add chopped garlic, chopped bacon etc to your taste

Method:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C or for fan oven, 200 degrees C. Do this well before needing to bake so its fully up to temp and stable

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then rub together the butter and flour mixture until you have a breadcrumb like texture, then fold through the cheese.

Add an egg and start to bring the mixture together using a knife. Add the milk and use your knife to get an initial mix and then with your hands bring the mixture together dough. It does not have to be perfect and smooth.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour then roll out the dough to 25mm thick. No thinner. Cut to shape with a knife or 5-7cm cookie cutter

Place the scones on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Lightly brush the top and sides of each scone with the honey then sprinkle over a little bit more cheese on the top is desired.

Bake the scones in a preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until they are golden brown.

Leave the scones to cool on a wire rack or enjoy warm with butter. I love to have them with a creamy garlic butter.

Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

Home Cured Pork Belly Bacon

BK-for-BGR-webDry Cured Bacon

When you make home cured bacon yourself, you are in total control over the quality of the meat and the ingredients you use to cure it! I love the thought of the chemical-free goodness of homemade bacon right in my kitchen.

There are a few considerations that need to be considered and understood when you are “Makin Bacon”.

Processes and Food Safety At Home

There is one primary concern we have to consider when curing and preserving meat, and that is protecting from possible botulism. While botulism is usually related to improper canning/preserving procedures, food-borne botulism also occurs in meats that have been improperly cured. Often this is due to methods and the process used and the possibility can be easily prevented with care and attention detailed below.

To prevent this, most commercially preserved meats contain sodium nitrite, often known as pink salt, which acts both as a preservative and a colour fixer. This also gives store-bought bacon that bright red colour. I am not interested in this colour in my bacon.

Sodium nitrite is toxic in high quantities, and has been linked to migraines in many people.

For me the main concern about the use of sodium nitrite is that when it is exposed to high heat in the presence of protein (nitrite cured bacon) the proteins in the meat will bond with the sodium nitrite to produce the toxic nitrosamines. Studies have shown that certain nitrosamines have been proven to be deadly carcinogens. This can vary from country to country as far as government policy as to their position on the use of nitrates.

For myself at the end of the day, chemical free bacon is better in flavour and cooks in a different way with incredibly better results.

Frying nitrite-cured bacon presents the scenario for nitrosamines to form when the bacon is cooked and then to enter your system. This alone in my view is a good reason to home cure (with care).

The home cook can much better control the variables and handling procedures, and can get those assurances without the addition of nitrites. Purchasing from your local butcher that has pasture raised pork is the start as it will have a documented procedure and correct food handling record. Organic raised pork is the best choice in my opinion.

I would never use home-kill pork because environment and food safety procedures are not controlled. This is important as a poor hygiene environment can contaminate the meat with food-borne botulism and other possible contaminates.

Making Home Cured Pork Belly Bacon

Ingredients

2kg (4.4lb) piece of pork belly, skin/rind and bones removed
1/2 cup sea salt (not refined iodized table salt)
1/2 cup packed unrefined raw sugar or coconut sugar
1 tbsp. freshly ground black peppercorns
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp toasted fennel seeds
½ cup bourbon, to taste (optional)
½ cup apple cider vinegar

Method

Cut your pork belly into a nice even square or rectangle, bacon-like block. This can be done by the butcher on request

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl until they are well combined and the wet ingredients (if using) in a separate bowl until they are well combined.

Making sure that your hands are well washed and clean coat the meat all over with the wet ingredients (if using) until thoroughly coated everywhere.

Place one half of the dry cure mixture in the bottom of the glass dish. Place the wet pork belly into the dish and press it into the salt/sugar mix.

Carefully sprinkle the rest of the mixture across the top of the meat and press it in uniformly all around, using your hands to thoroughly apply the cure mix into every nook and cranny of your pork belly.

Cover and place the dish in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, until the meat feels firm throughout. (5 days is a good average, but check to be sure. The longer you cure it, the saltier it will be.)

Turn the bacon over every day in the liquid that will accumulate in the dish. Pour off half of the liquid each day. After 5-7 days curing remove the pork belly and wash the salt/sugar mixture off of the pork belly very carefully.

Give the soon to be bacon a good pat dry all over with a clean towels. Place the bacon on a rack over a baking sheet and place in the fridge uncovered for 12-24 hours.

At this point, you can slice it for “green bacon” or you can smoke or roast the whole belly.

If roasting, preheat the oven to 80-90 C. (175-200 F.) Roast the pork belly in the oven to an internal temperature of 65 C (150 F) for about 90 minutes. The meat should be cooked a bit on the outside, but not all the way through.

If smoking, smoke over hickory, cherry or Applewood, a mix is fine at 80 C (175 F) until meat reaches an internal temperature of 65 C (150 F), for about 3 hours. The meat should be cooked a bit on the outside, but not all the way through.

Remove and let the bacon cool to room temperature on a wire rack over the baking sheet, tightly wrap in parchment (butchers) paper, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight to set the flavour and texture. 

Homemade bacon will keep for a week in the refrigerator and several months in the freezer.

22499205_1732146957091602_1812541121412361253_oCold smoking Introduction from my friend Nickie Sattler at Blue Moose Barbeque
www.bluemoose.co.nz
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So for bacon, we either cold smoke it or hot smoke it.  To cold smoke it, we use our bourbon barrel and cold smoke generator or place it in our gas BBQ grill with an A-Maze-N tube.  We use either hickory and apple wood chips for flavour (although I want to try maple or pecan as well). 

We cold smoke for about 8-9 hours.  To hot smoke it, we use our Oklahoma Joe Highland offset and try to keep the heat down to 150-175 F.  We will use apple or hickory to smoke the bacon for 2-3 hours, until bacon reaches 150 F internal.

Manawa Honey Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato

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Serves 4

Ingredients

4 medium sized Kumara, pealed
8 strips of streaky bacon
2 Tbsp Manawa honey, lightly warmed
2 Tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to season
Sour cream (optional)

Directions

Peal and place sweet potatoes in salted cold water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook till just tender to the centre, 10-15 minutes depending on size.

While they are cooking warm the honey so its just runny, take off heat and add the lemon juice and stir to combine.

Drain off the water and replace with cold water to “shock” the sweet potatoes to cool.

Pre-heat oven to 180C.

Season the sweet potato lightly with salt and pepper all over. Starting at one end wrap with the bacon. Secure with tooth picks if required and baste the bacon with the lemon honey and place on a baking tray. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked, basting once after ten minutes with the lemon honey.

Serve hot as a side with sour cream and diced chives if desired.
Recipe developed for Manawa Honey NZ
by Chef Jimmy Boswell
© 2017 Chef Jimmy Boswell & Manawa Honey NZ

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