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Oven Baked Manawa Honey Pork Spare Ribs

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Ingredients

2 tbsp Manawa Honey
2 tsp brown sugar
1/3 cup of olive oil
juice of a lemon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground pepper
4 cloves of garlic crushed
2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp yellow mustard
4 tbsp bbq sauce of choice

1 1.5kg rack of pork ribs

Directions

Preheat oven to 120C degrees.

Mix all of the glaze ingredients together in a large bowl except the bbq sauce, whisk well. Add the pork ribs and massage the glaze all over the pork ribs thoroughly.

Place ribs meat-side down on aluminium foil. Prick back of rib rack several times with a knife.

Generously apply coating of glaze to all sides of rib rack.

With rib rack meat-side down, fold foil around it to create a tight seal. Transfer to large roasting pan.

Bake in preheated oven until tender and cooked through, about 2 hours. Remove and cool 15 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to 175 degrees C.

Open foil, drain and discard any accumulated juices and fat. Brush barbeque sauce on all sides of rack.

Place rack meat-side up and return to oven, leaving foil open. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, and brush another layer of barbeque sauce on meat-side only. Repeat baking and brushing with sauce 3-4 more times, for a total of 50 minutes baking time.

Cut rack into individual rib segments and serve with more barbeque sauce.

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

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops

Slw_Lab_Chp-webA wonderful slow cooked winter dish that’s easy to make and full of impressive flavours.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 lamb shoulder or 8 lamb loin chops
Salt & ground black pepper to season
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
4 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
2 cups seedless white grapes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon honey

Method

Season the lamb chops with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large stainless-steel or nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat.

Put the chops in the pan and sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of the rosemary in the spaces between the chops. Cook the chops for 5 minutes. Turn and sprinkle the garlic in between the chops. Cook the chops until done to your taste, 3 to 5 minutes longer for medium rare.

Remove the chops and garlic and keep in a warm spot. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan. Add the grapes and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary to the pan. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the grapes soften, about 8 minutes.

Add the wine to the pan and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and any juices from the lamb, the honey, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Serve the lamb topped with the grapes and sauce. I love to serve this with a creamy blue cheese mash.

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.

Whole Roasted Beef Sirloin

grilled-sirloin-tvpEntertaining for a crowd? Whole roasted sirloin is a “go to” for me. This recipe is simple and easy to do.

Ingredients

1 whole piece of sirloin, fat on – around 2-2.5kg
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
500ml beef stock 
200ml good shiraz or cabernet sauvignon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 150 C

In a deep sided baking dish, add stock and red wine and then place whole sirloin in baking dish and add herbs.

Season with salt and pepper

Cut two lengths of aluminium foil 10cm longer than your baking dish and pleat together to form one wide, long piece. Use the foil to totally seal the sirloin/baking dish.

Place into preheated oven and cook for 4.5 to 5 hours.

Remove from oven, remove foil and increase the heat to about 180 C.

Finish off the beef by placing into the oven for another 30-45 minutes. Remove beef, cover with foil and allow to rest.

Ladle off the juices remaining in baking dish and allow fats to settle out. Skim off fat once cooled.

Put juices into a small saucepan and reduce to about half, over low heat.

If serving immediately, cut into ‘steak’ sized slices – you’ll not achieve thin slices!

You only need a little of the gravy/jus as it is very rich. Put remaining jus into a sealed container for later!

When cold the sirloin can be sliced in paper thin slices.

Put a little cold jus (which will have solidified under refrigeration) into a small container, add thin slices of sirloin, smear a little more jus over slices and either re heat in an oven (125 C).

Moroccan Inspired Lamb Shanks

Moroc-lamb-sh-webServes 4

I served this dish as a main at a bistro I was working at this winter and peopled loved it so much I have decided to share the recipe.

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

4 lamb shanks

2 onions, sliced

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 cups beef stock

1 cup fresh orange juice

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/2 cup pitted dates, halved

½ cup prunes, halved

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp cumin

1tsp cardamom

coriander leaves, to serve

Method

Heat oven to 160C (320F)

Heat oil in a large heavy-based saucepan big enough for the shanks to fit in on medium. Brown each shank on all sides and set aside.

Sauté onion and garlic in same pan 2-3 minutes, until tender. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Add the shanks and bring back to a boil. Put lid on and place in oven and cook for 2 ½ hours. Turn shanks and cook for an additional hour.

I serve this on a creamy sweet potato mash or cauliflower rice.

Sweet Balsamic Braised Beef Cheeks

beef-cheek-webBeef cheeks are a cut that has come into flavour in the paste couple of years. This aside it’s a wonderful cheap cut to cook with and with a little bit of effort plates up looking like you and friends are dining out.

This cut is a very heavily worked muscle so long and slow cooking lets all of the connective tissue break down and allows the meat to impart its great flavour.

Once cooked it will fall apart and is great to serve on potato or sweet potato creamy cheese mash.

Ingredients

4 by 250g (1/4lb) beef cheeks

4 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 medium onion, halved and diced

2 rashers of smoked bacon, sliced into pieces

3 gloves garlic, crushed and diced

2 bay leaves

1 sprig rosemary

1 sprig thyme

1 800g tin diced tomatoes

200ml red wine

200ml beef or chicken stock (broth)

150ml Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Salt and fresh ground black pepper to season

Method

Preheat oven to 160 C

Season the beef cheeks on both sides with salt and pepper. Rest for 10 minutes.

In a heavy based Dutch oven or oven and stove top casserole dish heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium high. Once hot add 2 of the beef cheeks and brown on both sides. Place on a warm dish and then brown the final two and set aside.

Add the rest of the oil and the onions. Reduce the heat to medium and brown for 5 minutes. Add the bacon and garlic and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Add the bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, diced tomatoes, red wine, stock (broth) and bring to a simmer.

Once simmering add the beef cheeks back and make sure they are covered by the juices and add the Balsamic Reduction. Lightly stir.

Cover and place in the oven for 3-3 ½ hours. Stir a couple of times making sure the beef cheeks are covered with the sauce.

Once cooked and falling apart serve on a creamy mash and salad on the side.

Oh So Slow On The Bone Beef Stew

Beef-rib-stew-webIngredients 

1kg (2.2lb) beef short ribs

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 chopped onion

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp sliced ginger

4 spring onions, chopped

1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

1/4 cup olive or coconut  oil

chilli flakes to taste

beef stock, 3-4 cups, may require more

Method 

Season ribs with salt and pepper. Over a medium high heat sauté ginger, garlic and onion in oil in a cast iron casserole. Add short ribs and continue tossing the meat until well coated with the mixture.  Add the bay and cover with water (just enough to cover the ribs) and once simmering reduce the heat to low and cover. 

Simmer for 2 hours checking from time to time and add more beef stock as required to maintain the water level so the ribs are just covered. 

After 2 hours remove the lid and simmer until meat starts to fall off and the sauce has been reduced to half of the original amount. 

Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and spring onions. Serve hot.

Chicken Tagine

Chicken-tagineIngredients 

8 bone in chicken thighs

1 1/2 tsp garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion – finely chopped

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

a few strands of saffron, (optional)

1 cinnamon stick

1/4 bunch coriander, rough chopped (reserve some to serve)

1 can diced tomatoes

2 cups water

2 carrots thinly sliced

2 zucchinis cut in strips (courgettes)

1 can chickpeas

1/4 cup olives (optional) 

Method 

Start off by marinating your chicken in the garlic. 

Get a skillet and place over medium-high heat on the stove. add the oil and the chicken and let the chicken brown, on all sides. Once the chicken has browned add in the onion and cook until soft. Transfer to the tagine base. 

Add all the spices and the can of diced tomatoes to the skillet and cook on a high heat until the liquid starts to bubble. Add water and carrots, let cook for 5 minutes. 

Add in zucchini, olives and chickpeas and pour over the chicken in the tagine base. Place a lid on and place in the oven. Cook for 1 hour at 170C. 

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with coriander to serve.

Meatball and Egg Tagine

Meatball-tagine-webIngredients 

Meatballs 

500g (1.1lb) ground beef or lamb (mince),or combination

1/2 onion, grated

2 garlic cloves, grated

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp hot paprika

1/4 cup parsley, finely minced

1/4 cup cilantro, finely minced

salt and pepper to taste 

Sauce 

Olive oil or ghee for pan

1 onion, thinly sliced or chopped

2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp cumin

1 1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp hot paprika

3 tbsp chopped parsley

3 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)

4 eggs 

Method 

In a medium bowl, combine ground mince meat, grated onion, garlic, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, hot paprika, salt, pepper, parsley, and cilantro. Use your hands to roll the mixture into 20mm (3/4 inch) round meatballs. 

Drizzle olive oil or ghee over bottom of tagine or deep skillet with tight fitting lid over medium heat. A diffuser is needed for clay tagines. 

Add the sliced onion and cook until soft. Sprinkle with the minced garlic and place meatballs in a mostly single layer over onions. Cook, gently stirring occasionally, until brown on sides. 

Pour in enough tomatoes to mostly cover the meatballs. Add the cumin, paprika, cinnamon, hot paprika, and gently stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 30 minutes. 

Remove cover, crack eggs into separate areas among the meatballs, and sprinkle with parsley, coriander (cilantro), salt, and pepper. Cover again and cook until eggs are barely set, 7-10 minutes.

Spicy Lamb Tagine

lamb-tagine-2-webServes 4 

Ingredients 

olive oil

1kg (2.2lb) boneless lamb or goat leg meat, cut into 25mm (1 inch) cubes

2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground ginger

a pinch of saffron

3/4 tsp ground coriander

2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch cubes

5 carrots, cut into chunks

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

zest of one lemon

400ml chicken stock

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp cornflower (cornstarch) (optional)

1 tbsp water (optional) 

Method 

Place the lamb, 2 tbsp of olive oil and all the spice into a large bowl and mix well. Leave to marinade for at least 6 hours, or overnight for maximum flavour. 

In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan or skillet, heat one tbsp of olive oil over a medium/high heat. Brown the lamb in batches, adding more oil as required and transfer to a plate. 

Turn the heat down to medium and add the onions and carrots to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. 

Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Return the lamb to the saucepan, and add the lemon zest, chicken stock, tomato paste and honey and bring to the boil. 

Once boiling remove from the heat and add to your tagine base, I use a 6 person sized tagine. 

Place in the cold oven and set the temperature to 170C (370F) and cook for 2 hours at a simmer. 

If the sauce is too thin, thicken it with the cornstarch and water and serve.

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