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Pesto Meatballs

I love that you don’t need to make a sauce for these meatballs, the pan juices, passata and balsamic make a lovely sauce.

The quantity of pesto is a bit vague, I made a big batch of fresh pesto today and just used up the last little bit in these meatballs.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

1kg minced pork

80-100g pesto

Salt and pepper

36-40 bocconcini, drained

750mls passata

30mls balsamic vinegar

20g finely grated Parmesan

Method

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Centigrade.

In a large bowl, combine the pork, pesto, salt and pepper.

Divide the meat into 36-40 balls, flatten the meat, pop a mozzarella ball on top and gently bring the meat together to enclose completely. Repeat with all of the meat and cheese.

Place the meatballs in a roasting tin, a little spread out if you can.

Bake for 20 minutes until beginning to colour.

Turn the oven down to 190 degrees Centigrade.

Remove the roasting tin from the oven, pour the passata over the meatballs and then dribble over the balsamic vinegar.

Sprinkle over the parmesan and then return to the oven, bake for 25-30minutes.

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Secret Stuffed Potatoes

The secret to these is the hidden zucchini that even the fussiest of children will not find as long as they like pesto!

I try to plan ahead for these and bake the potatoes the day before if I have the oven on.

Makes 16.

Ingredients

8 small potatoes, around 100g each, baked

300g zucchini plus two teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons pesto

A little grated cheese

Method

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

Grate the zucchini and sprinkle with the salt, mixing a little with your hand, set aside in a sieve over a bowl for ten minutes.

Take a potato and cut in half, use a spoon to scoop the insides out and set aside. Repeat with all the potatoes.

Now, roughly chop up the potato to make a mash, stir through the pesto.

Rinse the zucchini under fresh water and then squeeze all of the moisture out with your hands.

Add the zucchini to the potato mash and mix well.

Spoon the zucchini mix into the potato skins and place on the baking sheet.

Sprinkle over the cheese and pop into the oven.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden.

Bruschetta with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

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This is one of our favourite quick dinners with tomatoes and basil picked fresh from the garden if the chooks haven’t helped themselves!

For the gluten free option I just cook up some polenta, top with a few dollops of pesto, recipe in the blog, and then add a few spoonfuls of the tomato and basil mixture, delicious.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

8 thick slices ciabatta bread

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled but whole

8-10 medium tomatoes, deseeded and diced

12 large basil leaves, torn

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 200degrees Centigrade.

In a bowl combine the tomatoes and basil with a little salt and pepper.

Take each slice of bread and drizzle a little olive oil over each side and pop onto a baking sheet.

Once the oven is up to temperature put the baking sheet in and bake for 10-15mins until the bread is crispy and golden.

Take a garlic clove and rub lightly all over the top side of the bread, place onto your serving plate. Repeat with the other slices of toast.

Top with the tomato mixture and a little freshly ground pepper, serve immediately.

 

 

Basil Pesto

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The quickest meal in a family of five often involves pasta for 4 and a Gluten Free option for one.

I always have jars of pesto in the fridge  not just for pasta, spooned into a baked potato, smeared on to fish and chicken, used as a dip and there’s alway potato gnocchi!

Possibly the best reason for making this is it’s fridge life……. A year lurking, hopefully labelled, and it will still be good to go!

Leftover pasta? Great for school lunch boxes cold or hot or, stir through some drained, tinned beans, butter beans  work well, and you have another meal happening!

Makes 3 x 375g jars. One jar covers 500g dry pasta which serves 4-6 depending on appetite!

Ingredients

180g basil leaves

500mls olive oil, plus extra for sealing

200g pine nuts

8 cloves garlic, crushed

250g Parmesan, finely grated

salt and pepper

Method

Process the basil, oil, nuts, garlic, Parmesan and seasoning.

I process till it is still a little lumpy, but  process it to the way you like!

Check the seasoning, I add quite a bit of freshly ground pepper, not so much salt as the cheese adds salt.

Spoon into clean jars and pour some oil over the top to seal.

Put a tight fitting lid on, label and stick at the back of the fridge.