Slider Sunday

I think a new tradition has started at our place, with the slider for a quick and tasty dinner.

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So tonight it was Angus beef with fried egg and dijon mustard.

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A scone cutter was reborn and was  perfect tool for the beef patties. Not all that good meat was wasted! My Rottweiler enjoyed what was left over.

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I used silicone cupcake cases for the eggs. No need to grease them, the eggs came out with no fuss.

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We recently purchased a second Airfryer and it was the best decision we made!
Beef patties and eggs in one with the chips in the other.

Beef patties and eggs were cooked for 15 minutes at 190 degrees and the chips 14 minutes at 200 degrees in a Philips XL Airfryer.

Perfect little meal in a total of 20 minutes!

Time and temperature for the beef (which were quite thick) was for well done. So adjust time to your liking and if using a brand other than the Philips XL, you may also need to make alterations to time and possibly temperature.

As always any method of cooking can be used.

Michael

Pulled Pork Sliders

I was at local supermarket picking up a few bits and pieces. Looking in the fresh meat section I came across this…

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Sliders have been all the rage for sometime and thought this par cooked pulled pork would be perfect for the Airfryer!

And the result…

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The pulled pork was surprisingly melt in the mouth and perfect with cheesy bacon chips.

With the bonus of having two Airfryers, all of this was done in 15 minutes!

The pork can be finished in the microwave, oven or stove top for conventional cooking.

If using an Airfryer (one only), finish the pork first as more ideal to keep this warm while you cook bacon and chips.

Ingredients
Pulled pork
Sliders
Oven fries
Bacon pieces
Grated American cheddar cheese

Your choice of salad (optional)

Method
Cook the pork for 15 minutes at 180 degrees in a baking dish or cake tin stirring occasionally.

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Place oven fries and bacon in second Airfryer (if using two). Bacon can go in with the fries in a small oven proof dish/bowl.

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Cook bacon and fries for 14 minutes at 200 degrees stirring bacon occasionally.

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Once bacon and fries are done, place together into a bowl, cover with grated cheese and pop in the microwave to melt the cheese.

Place the sliders in the Airfryer and lightly toast for 3-4 minutes at 180 degrees.

How to serve…? That’s entirely up to how you like.

No matter what method you use, this meal can be enjoyed in under 20 minutes!

Temperatures and times don’t change with whatever method of cooking you choose.

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Enjoy!

Michael

Winter Garden

I’m not just all about airfrying, there’s nothing I love more than being out in my garden and spending time with my chickens.

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There’s nothing more therapeutic and nothing beats home-grown produce and eggs.

So with summer well and truly over, I finally got around to preparing my veggie gardens and planted for winter.

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Lettuce, baby carrots and beetroot planted, along with a couple varieties of strawberries.

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My strawberries have been on fire this autumn producing some amazing fruit!

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This is the first time my dwarf mandarin tree had fruited. Four mandarins and I can’t wait spring/ summer to pick them!

While living in the suburbs, I’m a country boy at heart. I’m fortunate to be able to have the best of both worlds creating my own little urban farm.

This is passion I hope to share with my son as he grows.

Michael

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I’m 43 years young and never have I ever had spaghetti and meatballs!

I was at our local butcher recently and was looking for something a little different. Something I would normally overlook.

I saw they had containers homemade and par cooked tomato and basil meatballs.

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Also these beautiful lamb and bacon patties (previously posted with my bratkartoffeln).

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Immediately I thought… “These meatballs would be great with some rice!” It took a little while of thinking for other options to realise I’d never had good old spaghetti and meatballs!

I’ve been missing out!!

The pasta was a freshly made 300g serve from my Pasta and Noodle Maker, which was blanched for 3 minutes.

The meatballs were airfried at 180 degrees for 10 minutes and a rich tomato and basil sauce added with 6 minutes to go.

As I am about simple, quick and tasty meals perfect for the end of a busy day, this was perfect!

The whole meal done in 10 minutes with leftovers! Now that’s tomorrow’s meal already sort.

Michael

Bratkartoffeln

This is one of my favourite dishes, that can be easily eaten on its own or a complimentary side of a meal.

Perfect for those hearty meat dishes.

This is something I grew up on coming from a family with German heritage. There’s many variations but the core Ingredients to bratkartoffeln is potatoes and bacon.

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Like my mum, I like to have egg through it.

So basically bratkartoffeln is fried potato with bacon. It’s something you can add what you like to, whether it be onion, capsicum, cheese, pine nuts, cashews etc.

Ingredients
Potatoes (4 medium sized)
Bacon rashes (cut into small pieces)
2 whisked eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

* based on 2-3 people

Method
First you’ll need to peel and cut your potatoes in halves.

Place potatoes in water, bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes. You still want your potatoes to be firm, so that a skewer goes in and out cleanly.

Remove potatoes and let cool, either at room temperature or in the fridge.

Once cooled slice or cut potatoes however you like them, add to a hot pan with a little oil.

Fry the potatoes until you just start to see some colour, then add your bacon (and whatever else you may want to add).

Fry to your liking, add the egg and continue to cook until the egg is done.

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I like to drizzle lemon over the bratkartoffeln once its plated and a little salt.

A simple dish that allows you to be as creative as you like or just enjoy its simplicity.

Michael

Marinated Chicken Tenderloins

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Marinated in Worcestershire and BBQ sauce… Sweet and tangy!

Best marinated overnight but 3-5 will do just nicely. If it’s a last minute idea, scour the chicken pieces and marinade as long as possible and add a little extra BBQ sauce just before airfrying.

A great quick and easy meal during a busy working week.

Airfry for 16 minutes at 180 degrees for a crisp coating and juicy tender centre.

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If you own a George Foreman grill these are amazing!

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Quick, easy and no frills.

Serve with steamed rice or jacket potatoes, chips, whatever side takes your fancy.

Michael

Pineapple Slices

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Let’s be honest, this needs nothing more said than… YUM!

The perfect little sweet to transport you to that tropical island to escape your winter blues.

Why not…! Add a dash of white rum to the mix for a different take on a pina colada?

Either way, this is certified YUM!

Ingredients
1 small pineapple cut into slices
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lime juice
Coconut

Method
Mix together honey and lime juice (and that sneaky dash of white rum) in a small bowl.

Brush pineapple slices with the honey and lime juice mixture.

Place pineapple slices on baking paper in the basket of your Airfryer, leaving a centimetre gap from the side of the basket.

Sprinkle pineapple slices with coconut.

Bake at 200 degrees for 12 minutes.

If you can allow to cool so slices are warm and…. Enjoy!