Gourmet Beefburgers (Rita’s Recipe)

Ingredients for 6-8 Beefburgers (depending on the thickness of your burgers)

1 kg lean beef mince
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 lg onion, chopped finely
2 tsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp mustard
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 red chilli, finely chopped

1.  Lightly sautee the onions and garlic until translucent but not coloured.  Leave to cool.

2. In a large bowl mix together the mince, onions, garlic, tomato ketchup, mustard, egg, and chilli.

3. Dive in with your hands and mix until the ingredients are well blended. Either shape into patties or to get each the same size, push into ring moulds approximately 9 cm in diameter.  I like to make my burgers quite thick as they shrink in cooking, but if you want to extend to 8 then make them a little thinner.

4. Get a griddle pan and heat on a high heat.  Slide a little olive oil on each side of the burgers with your fingertips or a pastry brush and then making sure the pan is really hot, griddle for a minute or two on each side to get a good colour.

5. Finish off in a medium hot oven (200 degrees C or Mk 6) for about 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness).

6. Serve with brioche buns (I got mine from Ocado – much better than Waitrose or Heston’s) and some salads.

Oriental Sticky Chicken Wings

Ingredients (makes 12 – 16 chicken wings)

For the marinade:
2 tbsp clear honey
3cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 garlic clove, crushed

11⁄2 tsp Chinese five spice
2 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp orange marmalade
1⁄2 tsp grated orange zest
1 tbsp sesame oil

12 – 16 chicken wings

1. Mix together all of the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken. Leave to marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if you can, turning occasionally.
2. Once it has marinated, place the chicken on the barbecue over medium-hot coals and cook for about 20 minutes, brushing with any marinade left in the dish as it cooks. If it’s colouring too quickly, move to a cooler part of the barbecue to cook more gently. It’s important you cook the chicken all the way through.
3. The chicken can also be cooked in the oven – Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
4. Transfer the chicken into a roasting tray with a couple of spoonfuls of marinade. Place in the oven for about 40 minutes, turning occasionally and basting with the marinade and juices until thoroughly sticky and golden, adding extra marinade to the tray if necessary.

A Taste of Fire – Supper Club, Saturday 1st August 2015

Fabulous dining guests lingered around the wrought iron table set for our BBQ meal on Saturday’s “A Taste of Fire” Supper Club event, which was held at a venue in Wraysbury.  This was my sixth meet up since starting the Supper Club and some of my diners were already old friends – regulars who had already attended more than one of the Supper Clubs that have been going now since February of this year.

IMG_1659The menu:

Spicy Rum RibsSticky Chicken Wings  | Gourmet Beefburgers in Brioche Buns

Sides:  Tomato Salsa |  Broad Bean, Pea & Beetroot Salad | Tomato Salad | Green Salad | Mediterranean Potato Salad | Guacamole | Cheese & Pancetta Bread | Sundried Tomato & Basil Bread | Moroccan Zatar Bread

Dessert:  Tropical Fruit Salad in a Rum Sugar Syrup served with Chantilly Cream.

The evening kicked off with a Raspberry Summer Punch, which wasIMG_1654 enthusiastically received by all –  a mix of wine, cranberry juice, raspberries, mint & lemonade over ice.

As I was cooking for 10, I decided it might be prudent to cook or part-cook some of the meat in the oven, to receive a final kiss on the BBQ griddle bars, before being served with an array of sides and home made breads, the most popular of which was the cheese and pancetta bread pictured above.

I was particularly pleased with my home made gourmet burgers, to which I added to the leanest beef mince I could get, some sautéed onions, garlic, chillies, tomato ketchup and Dijon mustard.  These delicious beef patties were sandwiched between soft, sweet brioche buns (the only food that wasn’t home made – unfortunately, I had no time) and I chose to squeeze some guacamole inside of my own, which made it even more unctuous !

There was plenty of food to accommodate second helpings …. and even some left over for a quick, light lunch on Sunday!

BBQ Rum Ribs (Recipe by Jamie Oliver)

This recipe was used for the Supper Club Event – A Taste of Fire, the principal elements of which were pork ribs, chicken wings and home made gourmet burgers.  Jamie Oliver’s recipe was used for the ribs.  As I was cooking for a large number and not sure of Charlie’s BBQ skills, I pre-cooked the ribs in the oven before finishing off on the BBQ.  I had cooked them for 2 hours as per the recipe, but in hindsight would cook for half that time, as they quickly became very well done once they hit the griddle b bars of the BBQ!

Ingredients

sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1.5 kg pork ribs, 

For the paste
5 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons chipotle chilli paste
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1½ teaspoons sweet paprika
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the rad rum BBQ sauce
4cm piece of ginger, peeled
3–4 cloves of garlic, peeled
125 ml tomato ketchup
60 ml dark rum
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
50 g soft dark brown sugar

Combine the paste ingredients and 2 teaspoons of salt in a bowl. Pat the ribs dry with kitchen paper, then place in a tray and rub all over with the paste. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight.

When you want to cook, remove the ribs from the fridge, shake off any excess marinade and allow to come up to room temperature. Meanwhile, set up your barbecue for the half and half technique (so half the base is covered in charcoal and the other side is empty) – you want a medium indirect heat. Place a drip tray inside the barbecue on the indirect side. Cover with the lid and allow to heat up like an outdoor oven – you want a temperature of around 180°C/350°F.

Rip off just over an arm’s length of extra-strong tin foil, stack up the ribs in the centre and tightly wrap. Place the foil parcel over indirect heat on the barbecue, cover with the lid and cook for around 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and starts to fall away from the bone, remembering to replenish with hot coals every 45 minutes or so. Meanwhile, finely grate the ginger and garlic into a small pan on the hob. Add the rest of the BBQ sauce ingredients and 80ml of water. Simmer over a medium heat for around 20 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Season to taste and set aside.

Remove the ribs from the foil and brush all over with the BBQ sauce and any cooking juices. Return to the indirect heat for another 30 to 40 minutes with the lid on, or until tender and golden, basting well every 10 minutes or so.