Friday 31 July 2015

Tesco Flame Academy: BBQ Recipe's & Top Tips

In honour of BBQ season Tesco have launched Flame Academy! An easy to use recipe hub which is filled with delicious recipes, tips and advice for all levels of barbecue experience. I was delighted to put a few of Flame Academy's Top Ten Children Recipes, So I enlisted the kids to challenge me by choosing a couple of recipes that they would like to try,

Spiced chicken skewers with herby rice recipe

6 boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cubed
3 tbsp curry paste
200g (7oz) fat-free Greek-style yogurt
1tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
1tsp cumin seeds, roughly crushed
1 tsp ground turmeric
300g (10 1/2oz) basmati rice
200g (7oz) spinach leaves, washed
handful coriander, leaves picked and finely chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice

Step 1 - Combine the chicken, curry paste and 2 tbsp of the yogurt in a non-metallic bowl and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.
Step 2 - Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat and cook the onion until just beginning to brown. Add the cumin, turmeric and rice and stir well.
Step 3 - Add 450ml (3⁄4pt) water, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the spinach. Cover and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Stir through the coriander and lemon juice.
Step 4 - Thread the cubed chicken onto 4 skewers (ensure you soak wooden skewers 15 minutes prior to use).
Step 5 - Put a griddle pan over a high heat until smoking hot. Put the skewers on the griddle and cook for 6-8 minutes, turning every 2 minutes, or until cooked through and no pink meat remains.
If cooking on a barbecue, place onto the barbecue on a medium/high heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes; turning regularly until they are cooked through and no pink meat remains.
Step 6 - Serve the chicken with the rice and the remaining yogurt.

Beef kofte with apple raita recipe

For the raita
1/2 red apple, coarsely grated, excluding the core
a squeeze of lemon juice
handful mint leaves, chopped
150g (5oz) natural yogurt
For the kofte
500g (1lb) lean beef mince
1/2 small onion, coarsely grated
2 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
4 mini flour tortillas
1 large carrot, grated
1/4 Chinese cabbage, shredded

Step 1 - Make the raita, toss the apple with the lemon juice to stop it browning. Stir into the yoghurt with half the mint. Cover and chill until needed.
Step 2 - Make the kofte, thoroughly combine the rest of the chopped mint with the beef, onion, cumin, and paprika in a mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. With slightly wet hands, form heaped tablespoons of the mixture into ‘torpedo’ shapes or spheres and set aside on a plate. There should be about 20 kofte.
Step 3 - Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Fry the kofte gently for about 8 minutes, turning often, until browned all over and cooked through. 
Step 4 - Serve hot or cold, with the apple raita, tortillas, grated carrot and cabbage

Both of these recipes tasted delicious and were perfect for the kids, and very easy to follow. A huge thumbs up from us and we are most defiantly looking forward to trying some more of Flame Academy's recipes. Check out Ben Tish (Executive Director of The Salt Yard Group) is Tesco’s Flame Academy master and he has kindly provided us with a selection of BBQ tips.

Flame Academy: Ben Tish’s top tips for wowing barbecue quests

•It’s important to know when the BBQ is ready to cook on. The flames should have subsided and the coals turned and even, ashen grey.
•Use hard stalks such as thyme, rosemary and oregano to throw onto the BBQ coals and smoke whatever your cooking. Great for a quick smoke hit!
•Slow cook whole chickens and larger cuts of meat with some vegetables help keep them juicy and tasty. Dissolve 10% salt to 90% hot water to make a solution and then cool.
•For larger cuts of meat, a lump of seasoned hard wood such as oak or birch set at the side of the shen coals will gently really a stream of perfumed smoke and in turn smoke and flavor whatever your cooking with.
•Smoking chips thrown onto the coals will give a smokey boost of flavor to smaller items such as steaks, chicken thighs and fish fillets.
•Use the coals as another cooking medium. Wrap vegetables in foil and nestle them between and under the ashen coals to slowly cook and flavor. Great for potatoes, aubergines, beets and carrots.
•A digital meat probe is great for checking if large cuts are cooked through correctly.
•Fish cooking clamps are brilliant for cooking- and turning large flat or round fish without the worry of then breaking or sticking
•A fire chimney is a fast, reliable way to start up your BBQ. It’s also great if you are using your BBQ for a period of time to cook larger cuts or several dishes. You can start the chimney next to the BBQ and then top up as and when needed, just giving yourself 10 minutes to do so.

If all this BBQ talk has left you inspired watch Ben Tish;s Top Three BBQ Recipes and check out foodie bloggers Crumbs Food who have just created a video about cost-effective BBQ Recipes

Make sure you check out Tesco - Flame Academy for all of your BBQ needs this summer.