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Take-5 … March – Steak with Halloumi Potato Bake

March 21, 2012 in Mains, Take-5

Last month I decided to set myself a monthly challenge to post a recipe using only 5 ingredients (not counting ‘everyday’ kitchen ingredients).

With today being a public holiday and ‘taking it easy’ being on my to-do list, it was the perfect day to do my Take-5 Challenge for March. Rummaging through my fridge & freezer I found a smallish rump steak, a piece of halloumi cheese and a punnet of mushrooms, which I thought could be used together somehow. Adding a few potatoes and an onion brought me to the prescribed 5 ingredients, to which I added some ‘everyday’ ingredients – garlic, chilli, black pepper & olive oil. The result was a really tasty meal that took no effort to make (and didn’t require a trip to the shops).

You could adapt this recipe by adding/removing any number of ingredients … I’m tempted to try adding cooked chippolata sausages next time, to make this a one-dish-meal.

STEAK WITH HALLOUMI POTATO BAKE

Rump steak (1 per person)

3 medium potatoes, peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes

1 large onion, halved then each half cut into 6 rough slices

1/2 punnet button mushrooms, quartered

5 cloves garlic, sliced

2 red chillies, seeded & sliced

olive oil

freshly-ground black pepper

About 150g halloumi cheese, sliced fairly thinly (I also cut a bit into cubes, which I fried & had on my salad – halloumi overload)!

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Toss the potato cubes, onion slices, mushrooms, garlic & chilli together in an ovenproof dish with a couple of glugs of olive oil and a generous grinding of black pepper then cook in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked (mixing them again once or twice whilst cooking).

Turn on the grill & top the potato mixture with slices of halloumi – pop under the grill for 5 – 10 minutes, or until the cheese is soft and browned.

Whilst grilling, cook the steak. I fried a few extra cubes of halloumi at the same time – these were delicious, but I should probably have left them out with the amount of halloumi I’d put onto the potatoes (and I will NOT be standing on the scale for at least a week)!

Serve immediately.

 

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Potato & Vegetable Bake

March 7, 2012 in Veggies

I’m NOT a vegetarian!

In fact, I’m a very bad example to my sons when it comes to eating *mumble* portions of vegetables per day.

But every now and again my body demands its annual quota of vegetables and I know better than to disobey my body’s demands!

This is a really easy and delicious dish, which can be served with salad and/or crusty bread as a main course, or as an all-in-one side dish with whatever meat you’ve cooked. It’s also highly adaptable – you can use whatever combination of vegetables you want, so feel free to ignore the veggies I’ve used & swap them with whatever takes your fancy (except for the potatoes, which are non-negotiable).

Red & white onion with garlic, all sliced & waiting ...

POTATO & VEGETABLE BAKE – Serves 4 as a main, or 6 as a side dish

3 large potatoes, peeled, par-boiled & thinly sliced

15ml butter & 5ml olive oil

1 red onion, halved and sliced

1 white onion, halved & sliced

3 large cloves garlic, sliced

1 punnet mushrooms, sliced

1 green pepper, seeded & diced

2 tspns sliced bottled jalapenos (optional)

5ml dried thyme

200g fresh baby spinach leaves

2 – 3 rounds of feta cheese, diced

125ml cream & 125ml milk (or 250ml cream)

4 eggs

1 tspn Dijon mustard

freshly ground salt & pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 180C and grease a medium-sized ovenproof dish.

Heat the butter & oil in a deep frying pan and gently saute the onions, garlic, green pepper & mushrooms until slightly softened,

Stir in the jalapenos & thyme.

Veggies being sauted

Mix the eggs, milk, cream, Dijon mustard & seasoning.

Line the dish with some of the potato slices, then some of the onion mixture, then some spinach and some of the feta.

Repeat these layers, ending with what’s left of the onion mixture.

Layering in progress ...

Pour over the egg & milk mixture and bake for 1 hour.

Bon Appetit! :)

 

 

 

 

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