Month: May 2017

Romaine Lettuce Vegetable Wedge

Heston Blumenthal's Romaine Lettuce Vegetable Wedge cooked from an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ recipe.

The Romaine Lettuce Vegetable Wedge is a delicious vegetarian option to cook on a BBQ. Packed with healthy goodness, this is a low calorie, tasty side to try out on your Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ.

Ingredients

For the Lettuce Wedge
1          Courgette
1          Aubergine
2          Romano red peppers
3          King oyster mushroom
1          Romaine lettuce
5g        Tarragon leaves

For the Dressing
10g      Chopped tarragon
50g      Whole grain mustard
30g      White wine vinegar
155g    Olive oil

For the Garnish
20g      Parmesan shavings
10g      Croutons

Methods

  1. For the Lettuce Wedge, slice courgette, aubergine, and king oyster mushroom approximately 0.5cm thick. Cut Romano pepper in half-length ways and remove seeds and stalk, then cut each half into 3 pieces.
  2. Lightly coat all vegetables with vegetable oil and lightly season with salt. Grill vegetables on both sides cooking until soft and caramelised. Remove the vegetables from the barbeque and place on tray.
  3. For the dressing, add all the ingredients into a deep container and emulsify using a hand blender. Use half of the dressing and the whole tarragon leaves to marinade the grilled vegetables, leave for at least an hour.
  4. Wash the romaine lettuce leaves while still attached to the root. Carefully prize open the lettuce enough to allow you to fill the gaps with the marinated vegetables, making sure to fill all gaps.
  5. Once the romaine lettuce has been filled, tie the whole lettuce using butcher’s twine.
  6. Place the lettuce in a preheated FURNACE barbeque and quickly grill the lettuces on all sides.
  7. The lettuce should be soft on the outer leaves and slightly warm. Remove from the heat and cut the strings off.
  8. To Serve, use a sharp knife to cut the lettuce in half lengthways. Finish by drizzling some of the dressing on top and sprinkle some parmesan shavings and croutons.

Planning the perfect family barbecue

Throwing a barbecue can be a great excuse to catch up with your friends and family. Spending the day outside in the sun, followed by a relaxing evening with drinks in the garden is a real treat. Choose a unique theme to make your barbecue a memorable and truly tasty occasion.

Around the world (in less than 80 dishes)

Barbecue is a staple across the world, so ask each of your guests to bring along a side dish from their favourite travel destination. To add to the fun, you can pop on a playlist of popular music from each country, as well as hanging up flag bunting and marking the dishes with cocktail stick flags.

Not only will your guests’ culinary creations provide a great conversation starter – they’ll give them the opportunity to taste a wide variety of unique flavours too. It’s a good way of encouraging your younger (and fussier!) guests to try new things.

This theme has the convenient advantage of giving you less to prepare. Just make sure you have a table large enough to host all the delicious dishes.

Mini Olympics

Work up your guests’ appetite with a friendly tournament. Include the teams on the invite before the event, and have team colours ready on the big day to get your party into the competitive spirit.

A mini Olympics with frisbee discus, tin throwing, or a classic egg and spoon or sack race can be enjoyed by everyone, and won’t be too strenuous. Once the games are over, have a quiz prepared for your teams to see if their brains match their brawn.

Super-sized fun

Entertain your youngest guests as well as the young at heart by setting up giant versions of your favourite games. Whether it’s a game of giant Snakes and Ladders, chess, checkers, bowling or Jenga, you can guarantee that the novelty-sized versions of these classics will keep them entertained. Continue the theme onto the table with over-sized burgers, steaks or hot dogs, and giant marshmallows for roasting later.

Stick to a single colour

For a twist on the classic barbecue food try sticking to a single colour. Love orange? Replace regular chips with sweet potato fries, and swap apple pie with pumpkin pie. Fancy a cup of tea at the end? There’s even Orange Pekoe tea to match your theme.

Alongside the table and garden decorations, you can encourage guests to wear a single piece of clothing with the colour to bring out the best of your theme.

DIY barbecue

Laying out a selection of garnishes, sauces and flavoured oils allows guests to experiment with creating unique flavours. With a table set aside for toppings, dipping sauces and fresh herbs, there won’t be two people with the same meal at your barbecue.

To wash it down, try making your own fruity cocktails or ‘mocktails’ (non-alcoholic cocktails) and placing them into large glass dispensers for people to help themselves.

Chargrilled Scotch fillet with beurre noisette and guasacaca

Who said barbecues are just for burgers and hot dogs? This South American-inspired steak recipe is quick, delicious and great for feeding a hungry crowd.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes (for medium rare)
Serves: 1

Ingredients

For the guasacaca:

1 brown onion (peeled and quartered)
2 green peppers (stem and seeds removed)
2 ripe avocados
2 small garlic cloves
½ bunch parsley (washed well)
½ bunch coriander
80 ml red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the fillet steak and beurre noisette:

1 x 230g scotch fillet portion (2 ½ cm thick)
30 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp unsalted butter
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method
  1. For the guasacaca, combine the onions, green peppers, avocado flesh, garlic, herbs, salt and vinegar in a blender. Blitz for 40 seconds then slowly pour in the olive oil. Place into the refrigerator and allow to develop overnight.
  2. To make the beurre noisette, place a small pan onto the grill until hot. Add in the butter and allow to sizzle, melt, foam and lightly brown. Carefully remove and set aside. It should be lightly golden and have a nutty hazelnut bouquet.
  3. Ignite the BBQ as per instructions and set up for grilling.
  4. Remove the steak from the fridge several hours before needed. Lightly brush the steak all over with the olive oil, season both sides with the salt, but do not use the pepper just yet.
  5. Place onto the hot grill and leave for 20 seconds. Now flip over and cook for another 20 seconds. Continue to do this for 6 minutes, (or until it reached 50 °C in the centre) for a medium-rare steak.
  6. Remove and place onto a tray with a cooling rack and lightly cover. Rest for 4 minutes, brush all over with the beurre noisette, slice, season with the pepper and a little salt if needed.
  7. Serve with a bowl of guasacaca.

Rotisserie chicken with lemon & thyme

Filled chicken with herb and a lemon lying on a baking tray.

Cooking chicken on a rotisserie is one of the best ways to get juicy and succulent pieces of meat. Combine this with the Caribbean spices of adobo seco and you’re sure to have a new crowd favourite.

Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 75 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the adobo seco spice mix (makes enough for 2 chickens):

3 tsp salt flakes
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 tsp dried garlic powder
2 tsp dried oregano leaf
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika

For Heston’s red pepper oil:

1 red pepper
100ml vegetable oil
½ tsp salt flakes

For the rotisserie chicken:

1 x 1.4 kg free range chicken
1 bunch lemon thyme
1 lemon (zest sliced off and remaining lemon sliced)
2 tbsp adobo seco
100ml extra virgin olive oil
2 fresh bay leaves
2 cloves garlic (sliced thin)
1 cup mangetout
smoked salt flakes

Method

  1. For the adobo seco spice mix, combine all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
  2. To make Heston’s red pepper oil, roast the pepper above glowing charcoal until blackened on all sides. Carefully remove and place into a plastic bag until cool enough to handle. Peel away the blistered blackened skin and discard. Open up and remove the seeds and white membrane. Place the cleaned red flesh into a food processor, add the oil and blitz until smooth. Season and pass through a fine sieve. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and set aside.
  3. Ignite the BBQ as per instructions and set up for rotisserie.
  4. Wash the chicken inside and out and dry with kitchen paper towelling.
  5. Divide the olive oil equally into two containers. One is for the spice rub; the other will be for the basting marinade.
  6. In one of the containers combine the lemon zest, sliced garlic, a quarter of the thyme sprigs, 1 tablespoon of adobo seco and the bay leaves. This is the basting oil.
  7. In the other container of olive oil, combine 1 tablespoon of adobo seco. Rub this mixture all over and inside the chicken. Place the remaining thyme sprigs and lemon slices inside the chicken’s cavity.
  8. Place the chicken onto the spindle and secure with the clip lock forks. Truss the legs neatly with butcher’s string.
  9. Place onto the rotiscope and set at the 2nd highest position.
  10. Lightly baste every 15 minutes and cook until the internal temperature (between the breast and thigh) reaches 74°C. Carefully remove and rest covered for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve sliced with a light scattering of smoked salt, red pepper oil and mangetout.