Category Archives: BBQ

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BBQ Mexican Chicken Wraps

Chk-Wrp-webI cook this recipe and then slice the chicken and make wraps. Yummy and full of flavour.

4 – 6 chicken legs separated into thighs and drumsticks
Half cup of extra virgin olive oil
½ onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
Juice of half a lemon
Splash of wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon chopped dried chilli
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Method

In a medium sized bowl mix all of the herbs and spices together.

Add the sugar, lemon juice, onion, garlic, vinegar and olive oil, mix well. If it’s a little dry add a little white wine and mix.

Add the chicken and ensure a good covering. Leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Pre-heat your BBQ (Grill) to medium.

Bring chicken to room temperature and BBQ (Grill) for around 20 – 30 minutes turning once after 15 minutes until cooked through.

Sicilian Tomato Sauce with a Horopito Twist

sicilian-tomate-sauce1Nothing beats a good home-made tomato sauce and the smell in the kitchen as it’s cooking is just fantastic.

In this recipe I have added native Horopito leaf that have been ground and added to natural salt and other seasonings.New Zealand Horopito brings a wonderful finish to sauces, slow cooking, marinades, roasted meats and vegetables, wild game, seafood and lots more.

You can use this as a base on pizza, with meatballs, as a dipping sauce and in your general cooking.

Ingredients

1 tsp Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning, split into ½ tsp lots
800g (2lb) can of crushed tomatoes
1 medium–large onion, diced
13465967_1042309265856270_989460586271929302_n2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3–5 cloves garlic, crushed with the flat of a knife and sliced thinly
1 cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
½ cup red wine
4 bay leaves
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
200g (4oz) tomato puree
½ cup fresh Italian parsley

Method

Sauté onion in olive oil and simmer over low heat, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the garlic, basil, rosemary and oregano and simmer, covered, for another 5 minutes or so. Uncover and add wine and bay leaves.

Continue simmering until the mixture has reduced by about half. This should take about 30–45 minutes.

Add tomatoes, chicken/vegetable stock, ½ tsp Rhayne Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning, purée and simmer for 1 hour. You can reduce the sauce further and intensify the flavour by simmering over a low heat for another 2 hours. I have let the sauce simmer for up to 4 hours when I want to develop the taste.

When ready, remove the pot from the heat and taste. Season with the other ½ of the Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning to taste and serve with fresh chopped Italian parsley can be added at the end.

Tip: If you want to turn this sauce into a base that is great for pizzas, add 10–12 sliced olives (don’t forget to remove the pips) and 1 tbsp capers in the last 15–30 minutes of simmering.

Batch 10 Bourbon Bacon Jam

2016-bc-jam-webFor my bacon jam I select bacon that has a low fat level. I love to make it with dry cured, smoked bacon. During the cooking of the bacon remove as much of the oils released from the bacon

Ingredients

600g bacon sliced into small pieces, (about 20mm)

2 cups of shallots, finely chopped

1 cup red onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ cup Batch10 Honey Bourbon (125ml)

½ cup maple syrupbatch10-banner-toh

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

Cook the bacon pieces in batches to allow for it to crisp up properly. Cook over medium heat until  brown. You want the bacon a little crisper with as little visible fat as possible. Transfer to paper towels to drain excess fat off.

Pulse your shallots and onions in the food processor or cut them by hand.

Leave about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the fat in one of the pan. Add shallot and onion to the pan, cook over medium heat until they start to caramelize. Add the garlic and cook for about one more minute.

Add the chili powder and smoked paprika, stir to combine.

Increase heat to high and add the bourbon (carefully) and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, stir and scrape the pan so all the little bacon bits comes loose. Continue boiling for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Add vinegar and continue to boil for about another 3 minutes.

Using a sharp knife cut the bacon into small pieces. You can also tear it by hand so it looks more rustic, not too perfect.

Add the bacon into the pan, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, the mixture will thicken.

Turn off the heat and drain any excess fat off the bacon jam by pouring it through a sieve or use cheesecloth to drain it.

Now you have two options, you can pop the mixture into a food processor and pulse until it breaks down more. Or you can leave it chunky, your choice.

Transfer to jars and store in the fridge.

Honey Turmeric Chicken Skewers

chicken-skewersServes 4

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs cubed, deboned, skin-on
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
2 tbsps honey
½ tsp cumin
Scant 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to season
1 tbsp oil of choice
8 bamboo skewers
Method

In a medium sized bowl add the garlic, honey, lemon juice, spices, pepper and salt. Combine well and then add the chicken and turn to cover all the chicken pieces. Cover and rest in fridge for 2 hours.

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 1 hour. About 30 minutes before heating the grill, remove the chicken from the fridge and let sit at room temperature.

Thread the chicken on the skewers, packing tightly together. Grill on bbq over medium heat, turning occasionally until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Roasted Chicken Legs with Honey and Curry Glaze

Curry-honey-legs-webIngredients 

6-8 chicken legs

4 tbsp Honey (1/3 cup)

Juice ½ lemon

3 pealed cloves of garlic

1 tbsp curry powder

Salt and pepper 

Method

Preheat oven to 175C. (350 F) 

Mix the curry, garlic, lemon juice and honey into a paste.  

Pat the chicken legs dry and then season with salt and pepper. 

Baste the chicken legs all over with the honey-curry mixture. Place in a baking tray  in the oven and cook for 20 minutes and baste again.

Cook for another 20-30 minutes till the legs are cooked through. 

Once cooked cover with foil and rest for 10. 

I love to serve these on a bed of homemade red cabbage slaw as a brunch.

Tangy Chicken Nibbles with Blue Cheese Dip

A great starter and one that I have been making for years and love with a passion. If blue cheese is not something you like use a fine grated strong cheese in its place.  

Ingredients

1kg chicken wings or chicken nibbles

3 tsp paprikaTangy-Chicken-Wings-web

2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Tangy Chicken Wing Sauce

1 tbsp of good olive oil

5 tbsp tomato sauce of choice

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp Tabasco

1 teasp. Dijon style mustard

Juice of ½ a lemon

Blue Cheese Dip

75g blue cheese, mashed

100ml Greek style natural yoghurt

Cut the wing tips off each chicken wing and discard.  Then cut each wing in half through the main joint.  In a large bowl mix together the paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper and fresh thyme.  Add in the chicken wings and toss until coated the spices.

Heat the oven to 200˚C (400˚F).

Mix together the tomato sauce, oil, honey, Tabasco, mustard and lemon juice.

Cover and rest for 30 minutes and then add the sauce and mix well to coat evenly.

Line a large roasting tin with tin foil then spread the wings over the foil.  Place in the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes, turning the wings half way through.

Mix the blue cheese into the yoghurt and serve with the wings, celery sticks and a green salad.

Sweet Balsamic Caramelized Onions

Sweet-Bals-Caramelised-OnioCaramelized onions are an easy and inexpensive addition to so many meals and can be made ahead of time. This recipe offers a sweet and slightly herby flavour without the addition of additional sugar using two ingredients that I love.

Makes about 1½ cups

Ingredients

⅓ cup Brookfarm Macadamia Oil (or good olive oil)

2 large onions

1 red onion

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp Jomei’s Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Method

Slice the onions in half, then slice very thin.

Heat the Brookfarm Macadamia Oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add the onions and season with salt. Stir constantly until the liquid evaporates from the onions. You must stir so the onions 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 and Jomei’s Sweet Balsamic Reduction, stir well and cook an additional 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are a rich golden brown.

Scale this recipe to your own needs. I double this and cook in a larger skillet making as many batches as required.

Grilled Aged Rump Steak

bal-steakwebRump steak is for me a delicious choice and there’s no need to splash out on an expensive cut. You can mix and match your sides with this recipe and for a crowd its easy to scale.

For me its very important that the steak is well aged and a thick cut. Have a chat with your butcher, they will be able to help.

Serves 4

600g (1.5lb) thick piece of rump steak

2 cloves of garlic, halved

2 tbsp sweet balsamic vinegar reduction, plus a little extra

Put the beef in a wide shallow dish and rub it all over with the garlic halved and then chop the garlic roughly. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and  the sweet balsamic vinegar. Leave to marinate for 2 hours or covered over night in the fridge.

Make sure your barbecue or grill is really hot before starting to cook.

Barbecue (or grill) the beef for 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on how thick it is. Take off the barbecue and cover with foil for 5 minutes, then slice thinly across the grain and serve with the meat juices.

Add a drizzle of olive oil and sweet balsamic vinegar if you like.

Serve with sweet potatoes roasted with rosemary and garlic and fresh salads on the side.

Passionfruit Hot Sauce

Passion-chilli-sauce-webPassionfruit works well with large chillies in this sauce and I use this recipe as a dipping sauce with BBQ’d or grilled chicken skewers, nibbles or wings. Its great as a starter and you can add the level of chilli for hotness that suits you. 

I also use this recipe as a baste to finish a roast chicken, basting for the last 30 minutes of cooking. 

The sauce colour will vary depending on the colour of the chillies you use. 

Ingredients 

1 ½ cup of fresh passionfruit juice/pulp or concentrate

3-5 fresh large chillies, green or red (moderate amount to your taste)

1/3 cup olive or avocado oil

Juice of 1 lime

Zest of ½ a lime

Salt to taste 

Method 

Simmer the whole chillies in water for about 10 minutes and then drain and cool in cold water. 

Remove the skins, seeds and veins and place in a blender with the passionfruit juice, oil, zest and lime juice and pulse until you have a smooth sauce. 

Season with salt to taste. 

Place in a jar and rest for a few hours before using or store in the fridge for upto 3 days. 

Note: The sauce has a slight sharp edge due to no added sugar. If you want a sweeter sauce add some honey, 1-2 tbsp to the ingredients before you blend.

Lamb-pork Patties Topped with Poached Egg

Lamb-egg-dinnerIngredients

400g lamb, beef or pork mince, or a mix of your choice
2 slices streaky bacon, diced fine
½ brown onion chopped finely
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs, use gluten free as required
1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
3 tbsp grated carrot
1 tbsp fresh chopped 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

Method

Lamb-pork-patties-cookingThese can be made ahead and stored covered in the fridge.
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 the ball into 4 even sized balls. Cut each in half again.

Shape into 25mm (1 inch) thick patties. I use an egg ring to shape the patties so they are all uniform in size and cook off evenly.
Cook on your heated BBQ or heavy based fry pan for 4 minutes on each side or until they are done to your desired doneness.

Serve with egg poached to your taste with some salad greens

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