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Molasses Glazed Bacon and Cheese Meatloaf

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Meatloaf is very popular in our house and to make it gluten free I cheat and use crushed gluten free corn chips instead of hunting around looking for gluten free breadcrumbs in the freezer!

As the chipotle chilli goes in the food processor to be chopped I do try to remove most of the seeds so that it isn’t too spicy for the younger taste buds around our table but feel free to keep the seeds in if you like a little extra heat.

Makes 1 large meatloaf which feeds 6. I normally double the recipe and bake two at a time on seperate baking sheets and freeze one for a later date, this meatloaf freezes brilliantly. If you do have any leftovers they are lovely in a sandwich the next day.

Ingredients

150g full flavoured Cheddar cheese

100g corn chips, gluten free

200g bacon, smoked if possible, rind removed

2 eggs

175g brown onions, peeled and quartered

1 chipotle chilli in Adobe sauce, seeds removed

500g minced pork

1 tablespoon molasses

2 teaspoons dried oregano

freshly ground pepper

GLAZE

50mls gluten free Worcestershire sauce

100mls tomato ketchup

1 tablespoon molasses

Method

In a food processor, grate the cheese, pour into a large bowl and change the grater blade to the regular blade.

Now whizz the bacon and egg until finely chopped, tip onto the cheese.

Finally whizz the onion and chipotle chilli until roughly chopped. Tip this onto the cheese mix. Add some pepper.

Add the minced pork to the bowl along with the molasses and oregano, use your hands to combine the meat very well.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade, line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Form the meat into a long fat sausage, around 30cm long and 5-6cm diameter.

Combine the glaze ingredients and brush over the meatloaf. Keep the leftover glaze.

Bake the meatloaf for 60 minutes, regularly brush the glaze over every 15 minutes. Glaze more frequently towards the end of cooking but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!

 

 

Mexican Green Chorizo

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This is so tasty I always make double!

Can’t get the kids to eat greens? Give this a try, I serve it with mini tortillas and the boys make their own, we can get through an entire lettuce, 2 capsicums, 4 avocados and 10 tomatoes, never mind the sneaky spinach and capsicum in the chorizo!

Although I crumbled this for tonight’s dinner it also works well as a burger and sausages.

Leftovers are brilliant with eggs, over an omelette or scrambled eggs is a favourite in our house of I have thrown a little chorizo crumble into the boys school wraps for added zing!

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

small green capsicum

80g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks

30g green jalapeño chilli, deseeded

4 garlic cloves, peeled

50g baby spinach leaves

1 lime, zest and juice

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt and pepper

500g minced pork

a little oil to fry

Method

Over a BBQ or gas ring, singe the skin of the capsicum, all over until it is completely black. Pop the capsicum in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Wait for 15-20 minutes and then remove from the bowl and rub off the skin, remove the seeds and stalk too.

In a food processor, whizz the capsicum, coriander, jalapeño, garlic, spinach, lime zest, lime juice, oregano, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper to form a bright green paste.

Weigh the meat into a bowl and add the paste, mix really well with your hands.

Form into any shape that you want, patties, sausages or crumble as I use.

Heat a large frying pan, I use a 32cm non stick pan, add a splash of oil and once hot tip in the green meat.

Using the side of a wooden spoon break up the meat, turning and squishing all the time.

To begin with lots of fluid will release but just keep cooking, on high heat until the water evaporates and the meat is beginning to colour up.

Serve immediately.

 

Bacon And Bean Sausage Rolls

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At this time of year I like to fill the freezer with a variety of sausage rolls ready to go for unexpected guests and sudden events that require a plate of nibbles.

There is something very comforting about a sausage roll served with a little tomato ketchup! I’ve already shared my other favourite recipes for sausage rolls but this is a new one for this year. Whether  you justify this as trying to get more pulses into the kids, flavour experiment or what’s available in the pantry and fridge, this is a winner!

I buy puff pastry that comes in sheets here, around 25cm square. Each sheet of pastry is protected by a sheet of plastic, this is what I then use to wrap the two long rolls that are made with one sheet. Frozen like this it’s easy to remove and defrost as large or small a quantity as you need.

This recipe makes 64 mini sausage rolls or 16 regular.

Ingredients

8 sheets puff pastry

750g rindless back bacon

1kg minced pork

425g tin of baked beans in tomato sauce

120g fresh breadcrumbs

1 onion

5 teaspoons dried sage

salt and pepper

1 egg, beaten

black sesame seeds to garnish

Method

Defrost the pastry at room temperature.

Process the bacon finely, followed by the onion and breadcrumbs.

Now, unless you have an enormous bowl, use a large tray with sides to mix the sausage.

Tip the bacon, onion, breadcrumbs, pork, sage and beans with sauce onto the tray.

Season very well with pepper and salt depending on the saltiness of your bacon.

Use your hands to really work everything through, trying not to crush the beans!

Divide the the sausage into 16 portions.

Form each portion into a long sausage the width of the sheet and line at the top or bottom of the pastry sheet.

Take a sharp knife and cut across the middle of the pastry and then paint this area with egg.

Roll the sausage in the pastry towards the cut to seal and then move it back to its original position.

Repeat with the remaining sausage on that sheet and then roll them towards each other, making sure the under plastic avoids them sticking to each other.

Repeat with the remaining rolls and place them in a large bag in the fridge for an hour.

If freezing them for a later date, label the bag and pop them into the freezer.

If cooking them, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Brush the top of the sausage roll with the remaining egg and sprinkle over some sesame seeds.

Place on a lined baking sheet and bake, in batches for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

 

 

Homemade Sausage and Egg Muffins With Mushrooms

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A little weekend treat!

These keep the energy levels up when we are having a full on day running around the boys sporting commitments!

The boys version omits the mushrooms and the gluten free option omits the muffin but adds a sliced avocado, sometimes I really don’t mind having Coeliacs!

Makes 8.

Ingredients

300g minced pork

1/4 onion, peeled

good pinch of chopped fresh thyme

good pinch of chopped fresh sage

salt and pepper

8 muffins, toasted

30mls oil

16 medium mushrooms sliced

8 eggs

Method

Tip the meat into a mixing bowl, season really well.

Process the onion and herbs and add to the meat, mix well, using your hands is ideal.

Form into 8 flat, thin patties.

Heat a large frying pan, add the oil and cook the mushrooms. Set the mushrooms aside.

Cook the patties in the pan and then draw them to the side, heat the egg rings, if using, and cook the eggs.

Return the mushrooms to the pan while the eggs cook to warm through.

Top the base of the muffin with mushrooms, add the pattie and egg and finish with the lid of the muffin.

Friday Night Nachos

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As much as I love guacamole and salsa sometimes I can’t be bothered on a Friday night to make them to go with some corn chips.

This is a quick chilli meat fix with avocado, tomatoes and beans layered on top and all that you need to go with it is some sour cream, an easy and VERY popular meal for the boys!

I like to create a lower layer of beans and tomatoes so that even the fussiest boy will get some on his plate! Clean plates = pudding in our house!

Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil

1 onion, cut into thin wedges

3 cloves garlic, minced

500g minced pork

1-2 tablespoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 – 1 teaspoon chipotle chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper

10 tomatoes, deseeded and diced

2 avocados, cut into large chunks

425g tin black beans, drained

100g cheese, grated

300g corn chips, gluten free

Method

In a large frying pan, heat the oil and cook the onion until soft.

Add the garlic and cook for 2 mins.

Break the mince into the pan and add the seasoning too.

Cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly, until the meat is beginning to crisp a little.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and layer up the corn chips, beans, tomatoes, meat, avocado and cheese.

Bake for 10-15 mins until the cheese has melted.

 

Bacon and Cheese Sausage Balls

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These evolved from an old Texan recipe for sausage balls that we once had at a party in the States years ago.

I love the combination of cheese and bacon and with the use of the Mexican cornflour these taste as if they have crushed corn chips in them plus, it makes them gluten free!

These freeze really well too, simply make up until the baking stage, instead of baking freeze them in single layers in ziplock bags for a later date.

Makes around 60 balls.

Ingredients

700 pork, minced

400 g bacon, minced

1 tablespoon dried sage

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried marjoram

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

1 teaspoon chipotle chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

300g Cheddar cheese, grated

60g tapioca flour

100g rice flour

60 g masa lista, Mexican corn flour

1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

60g butter, cubed

Method

Combine the minced pork, minced bacon, sage, oregano, marjoram, chilli flakes, chipotle chilli, salt and pepper in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, weigh out the flours and baking powder, add the butter and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the cheese and mix well through.

Add the flour mix to the meat and mix really, really well.

Form into balls, around 25g each.

Preheat the oven to 200degrees Centigrade.

Bake the balls, well spread out for 20 mins on lined baking sheets until golden.

Bacon and Cheese Sausage Rolls

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Time to stock up the freezer for the coming Festive Season and the boys and their friends being on holidays for weeks on end!

I make enormous batches of sausage rolls, and freeze them uncooked. All I need to do is defrost and bake them at a later date.

Pre made puff pastry comes in sheets and blocks here, I use the sheets for these to speed up the process, the sheets are roughly 25cm square. They are packaged with plastic between each sheet, i use this to then re freeze the individual rolls.

Each sheet makes 4 large sausage rolls or 16 minis.

Ingredients

550g minced pork

400g bacon, back and streaky, minced

1/2 brown onion, chopped very finely

200g Cheddar cheese, grated

120g fresh bread crumbs

1 tablespoon dried sage

2 teaspoons salt

a very good grinding of fresh pepper

4 sheets ready made puff pastry

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Combine the pork mince, bacon, onion, cheese, breadcrumbs, sage, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Lay out the sheets of pastry.

Take handfuls of the sausage meat and form into sausages the length of the pastry sheets, lay them onto the pastry.

Take a sharp knife and cut the pastry in half.

Brush the egg along the cut side.

Roll the sausage and pastry towards the cut edge, squeeze the edges together.

Take a fork and press all along the edge.

Brush with the beaten egg, sprinkle with poppy seeds and cut to your desired size.

Repeat with all of the meat.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown.