Let the mixture bubble away for a while before layering with pasta sheets. There needs to be some juice still in the mix but not too much as it will seep out during the baking process.
Yet another sunny weekend – it is such a pleasure to be able to plan a BBQ and almost be guaranteed a warm barmy evening to enjoy the last rays of the sun with a cool glass of wine, a few friends and the odd child running round the garden.
Of course it is so easy these days to nip to the supermarket and buy ready prepared meat for the barbie. However on days like this when I have a plan I prefer to buy meat from the butcher and prepare it myself. This is such a quick and simple marinade / sauce which has wonderful results.
2 tbs Clear Honey
1 tbs Soft Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Worcester Sauce
2 tbs Tomato Ketchup
1 teaspoon of mustard
dash of soy sauce
Take of the heat, allow to cool slightly then pour over the meat. If you have enough put some in a small jug to serve separately on the table (I sometimes do double amounts and then split it)
Leave the meat in a covered bowl or plastic bag in the fridge to marinate.
Take the meat from the fridge a little ahead of cooking and when the coals are ready lay the meat over the BBQ and pour any residual sauce over the top, cook depending on meat and bring to the table.
Serve with the reserved jug to rapturous plaudits.
I have used this with chicken, beef steaks, pork ribs, kebab meat or vegetables marinaded before being skewered.
A very versatile quick sauce; add more honey for a really sticky marinade, add a chopped chilli or extra mustard for hot tangy sauce. Or add some sweet chilli sauce and a touch of coconut milk (once taken off the heat) for a more oriental flavour.
I also now use this as the basic for a smoky stir fry sauce, again adding touches depending on mood.
Give it a try and let me hear your adaptations.
I wanted some variation with my usual shepherds pie but it had to be similar enough that no-one noticed. They actually did notice but they also loved this variation that I produced.
This is just the easiest meal in the world to prepare and serve. The boys love it and there is often a fight for the last piece of chicken around our table. This is also a great party food with children’s friends coming round to tea.
This may not be the healthiest of meals for them but as an occasional treat is quick, easy and you can add nutritional sides.
Breadcrumb coated Chicken pieces
Baps / burger buns
cucumber / tomato
Slice the buns in half and add for a moment to the oven
Serve to hungry and very appreciative family.
I served with a fennel and spinach gratin and buttery broccoli. I also used up some home made Beetroot chutney.
Baked beans and sweetcorn would add vibrancy or coleslaw for crunch.
French fries would go well, and as a party food serve some carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes.
Tomato ketchup is a must.
With the last piece (only 5 in our family), I cut the cold cooked chicken up into thin slices and added Mayonaise, spinach and chutney and put in my husband’s sandwiches the next day. Who said you can get to a man through his stomach.!
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