#MeatFreeMonday – Cauliflower Cheese Pastries – Family Food & Feelings – Kate Berry

Family Food and Feelings

Kate Berry

Pan Macmillan

Plum

ISBN: 978176078-180-4

RRP 39.99

 

Cauliflower Cheese Pastries 

 

‘Family, Food and Feelings by Kate Berry, Published by Plum, RRP $39.99, Photography by Kate Berry’ 

 

“Cauliflower cheese is a staple of the country pub bain marie, which is probably why I love it so much. Nothing makes me happier than counter meals in far-flung places, but I also like putting my own spin on them at home. So instead of serving this as a side for a huge chunk of roast meat, I wrap it in flaky pastry and make little hand pies.” 

Makes 12
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 onion, sliced
4 thyme sprigs
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
3 sheets ready-made puff pastry, thawed
1 free-range egg, beaten
50 g (½ cup) grated parmesan
2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked

For the cheese sauce:
60 g butter
3 heaped tablespoons plain flour
750 ml (3 cups) milk, heated
large handful of grated mature cheddar
½ teaspoon dijon mustard
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
(optional) salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 225°C (fan-forced).

Pop the cauliflower florets, onion, thyme, garlic and olive oil on a large baking tray, season with salt and pepper
and gently toss to combine. Roast, tossing occasionally, for 35–40€minutes or until almost tender. Remove and set aside but leave the oven on.

While the cauliflower is roasting, make the sauce. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat, then whisk in the flour to create a smooth paste. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking constantly, then cook for 5–10 minutes or until the sauce is thick and smooth. You want it to be slightly thicker than a normal bechamel.

Take the sauce of the heat, then add the cheese, mustard and cayenne pepper (if using), and season to taste. Stir until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth. Add the roasted cauliflower and gently stir through. Set aside.

Place the pastry sheets on a clean bench and cut each sheet into four squares (so you have 12 all up).

Line two baking trays with baking paper. Place a pastry square on one of the prepared trays and pop a heaped tablespoon of the cauliflower mixture in the middle. Bring the four corners together into the centre and pinch together.

Repeat with the remaining pastry squares and cauliflower cheese.

Brush the pastries with beaten egg and sprinkle with the parmesan. Pop them in the oven for 15–20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with thyme, then serve with your fave relish or sauce.

Tomato Ricotta Tart – Good Life Great Food – Judy Phillips

Cover Good Life Great Food

When I reviewed this book a few months ago I said when it is tomato season I will make the  Tomato and Ricotta Tart. Yesterday I made the tart and tartlets.

Simple, easy, colourful and fresh.  I think I prefer the tartlets – they are easier to hold and enjoy. I think you could also cut the pastry into rounds and cook base in muffin or jam tart type tray and have the perfect starter/cocktail food/ finger food.

Tomato and Ricotta Tarts

I used store bought puff pastry sheets,ricotta, sundried tomatoes, eggs, cream and a dash of cream fraiche to thicken the base, three types tomatoes and basil from our garden. Once pastry base is just warm (cold works too) plate up with tomatoes mixture.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.  Fresh, colourful, delicious.   ** Hint – cut tomatoes into bite size pieces and let sit for 10 minutes or so to allow some of the juices to drain off.

Tartlet

Chicken And Feta Sausage Rolls – David Herbert’s Best Home Cooking – David Herbert

Davdi Herbert's Best Home Cooking)

Recipe from David Herbert’s Best Home Cooking by David Herbert with photography by Brent Parker Jones, published by Lantern rrp$39.99

Chicken and feta sausage rolls

Makes 12

 

Chicken & Feta Sausage Rolls

Use ready-made puff pastry to make these. To thaw the pastry sheets, lay them flat on baking paper at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

 

2 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry, thawed 1 free-range egg, beaten

tomato sauce, to serve (optional)

 

Filling

500 g minced chicken

1 small golden shallot, very finely chopped grated zest of ½ lemon

4 tablespoons chopped rocket

4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs

½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes 100 g feta, crumbled

salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

1. Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well with your hands. Season well with salt and pepper.Cut each sheet of pastry in half. Form the filling into four sausages the length of the pastry, and place one slightly       off-centre on each strip

2. Brush one edge of the pastry strip with beaten egg and then fold the other over to enclose the filling.

3.  Press down to  seal with the back of a fork and brush with beaten egg.

Cut each roll into three smaller sausage  rolls,  and prick each with a fork. Place on a baking tray lined with

baking paper and chill for at least 30 minutes or until ready to cook.

4. Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan- forced).

5.Bake the sausage rolls for 25 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with tomato sauce, if desired.

 

My Chicken & Feta Sausage Rolls

My Chicken & Feta Sausage Rolls

As you can see these turned out perfectly  –  they were delicious and could easily be made for a lazy supper or served with some salad for a quick and easy meal.  I will certainly be making these again.