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    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Carne Asada. Cheese fries

    Carne Asada. Cheese Fries

    I really liked the look of this dish, I found it on the Epicurious Website
    Basically it is Nachos but using French Fries instead of Taco Chips
    Maybe a few more calories...but I can assure you, it was excellent
    Better than a burger or fish and chips
    Got loads of vegetables
    Isn’t that what we want
    You can play with the ingredients
    I have made this twice now
    First time I used Hamburger Mince and the next time I had a piece of Rump Steak
    You need to make a cheese sauce, I have made it both in the microwave and on the stove top
    you can use either kind of meat and cook the cheese sauce in the Microwave, or on the stove top
    Both work
    Feeds 4-6 depending on the hunger
    First you put together a spicy salt, to season the French Fries and The Meat
    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon sugar

    For the fries and steak:
    1 500 gm package frozen French fries
    400 gms Rump steak, trimmed if necessary
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    For the cheese sauce and assembly:
    1 packed cup  sharp cheddar
    2 teaspoons cornflour
    1/2 cup evaporated milk
    3–5 dashes hot sauce,  (optional)

    Cubed avocado, 
    Sour cream, or cream cheese
    Handful Coriander leaves and stalks, chopped
    2 x Spring onions
    2 x Corn cobs cooked and shucked

    12-14 cherry tomatoes,  chopped in half
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper  
    Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Make the seasoned salt:
    Whisk salt, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, oregano, and sugar in a small bowl.
    Lay the french fries on a baking tray, season with 1-2 teaspoons of the salt mix
    and bake to Manufacturers instructions, till crisp and golden
    Tossing about halfway through

    Transfer fries to a large platter

    Get the BBQ on
    Season the Steak with 2-3 teaspoons of the seasoning
    Cook the steak to your required "doneness"
    Set aside and rest for at l;east 10 minutes and slice against the grain then into strips

    Meanwhile make the cheese sauce 
    Toss cheese and cornflour in a medium heatproof bowl.
    Pour evaporated milk over and cook in microwave on high 40 seconds. 
    Whisk and continue to cook in 20-second increments,
    whisking in between, until melted and smooth (about 2 minutes total).
    Stir in hot sauce, if using.

    Or just cook slowly on stove top until it all blends together (microwave is easier)
    Toss the chopped tomatoes with olive oil, (about 2 tablespoons) season with sea salt and pepper
    Now to assemble
    Lay the sliced steak over the fries
     Spoon the cheese sauce over the steak
    Mix the cooked corn with the chopped herbs
    Season with some salt and pepper
    Throw over the steak
    Then the tomatoes and the corn
    Dob the cream cheese over it all
    and top with chopped avocado and the tomato
     This was the first one I made using Hamburger mince equally good

    Saturday, February 23, 2019

    In the 90s, a book that was on everyone must read list, was called "Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg
    The thought of Fried Green Tomatoes fascinated me. I thought they meant unripe tomatoes
    but as my food knowledge grew, I understood that they are a special breed of Tomato
    Now in New Zealand, as all over the world we can now access almost every food available...
    and YES we can buy Green Tomatoes
    Found some at the local shop and decided to make these little delights
    Can’t get much easier
    Slice the tomatoes
    Dip in seasoned flour

    Dip in beaten egg

    Finally into breadcrumbs
    Set aside In the fridge to settle and when ready
    Just fry in mix of butter and olive oil
    Fry in batches. Don’t overcrowd the pan

    Delicious with the leg of lamb we cooked this evening

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