This hasselback aubergine parmigiana is delicious twist on a classic Italian dish. Crisp aubergine slices are baked in a rich tomato sauce and sprinkled with parmesan.
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1 large onion
5 tbsp olive oil
3 crushed garlic cloves
2 tbsp tomato puree
500ml tomato passata
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 ½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp caster sugar
Large pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
2 large aubergines
50g grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 mozzarella ball
30g dried breadcrumbs
Small handful fresh basil
Heat the oven to 200°C fan/gas 7. Halve, peel and slice the onion. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion for 8-10 minutes to soften. Add the crushed garlic, then cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute more.
Pour in the passata, chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp of the dried oregano, caster sugar, a large pinch of chilli flakes (optional) and some salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly reduced. Pour the sauce into the baking dish.
Take the aubergines and make widthways cuts at 1cm intervals, three quarters of the way through, so the slices are still attached at the bottom. Drizzle with 3 tbsp olive oil, getting into the cuts. Spoon a little tomato sauce into the cuts, along with 30g grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Arrange the aubergines in the baking dish on top of the sauce and bake for 30 minutes until the aubergines are slightly charred.
Cut the mozzarella ball into 6-8 pieces, then dot over the aubergines. In a small bowl, mix the dried breadcrumbs with 20g grated Parmigiano Reggiano, 1 tbsp olive oil and ½ tsp dried oregano. Sprinkle over the aubergines and bake for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is golden and the aubergines are tender. Top with fresh basil and serve with crusty bread or a green salad.
NUTRITION: PER SERVING
48.5G (17.1G SATURATED)
47.4G (32G SUGARS)
You’ll also need a 2-3 litre capacity baking dish.
You can make the parmigiana up to 1 day ahead. Cool, then chill, covered. Reheat in a low oven for 30-40 minutes to serve.
APPROXIMATELY 12 HOURS (1 HR PER POUND OF BRISKET)
1 whole Brisket
6 cups post oak wood chips
2 Tbsp. ground coffee
2 Tbsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 tsp. paprika
4 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
1. Season Brisket generously with seasoning mixture.
2. Lightly coat grates with vegetable oil spray. Close cooking chamber lids.
3. Place 3-5 lbs. of charcoal, in center of the firebox. Open the firebox air vent approximately 1-2″, and smokestack damper halfway. With firebox lid open, stand back, carefully light charcoal and allow to burn until covered with a light ash. (Approximately 20 minutes)
4. Once coals have ashed over, add wood chunks. Do not shut firebox lid until the smoke is clean, often called Blue Smoke.
5. Close firebox lid. Adjust the firebox air vent and smokestack damper to regulate cooking temperature. The ideal smoking temperature is between 200°F-250°F.
6. Place brisket on cooking grate, fat side up, in the cooking chamber. Maintain a consistent cooking temperature by adding wood chunks as needed. Monitor the internal temperature of the brisket throughout the cooking process. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F.
7. Remove brisket from smoker and allow to rest. (Minimum 3o minutes)
1. Lightly coat grate with vegetable oil or vegetable oil spray. Close cooking chamber lids.
2. Place 3-5 lbs. of charcoal, in center of the firebox. Open the firebox air vent approximately 1-2″, and smokestack damper halfway. With firebox lid open, stand back, carefully light charcoal and allow to burn until covered with a light ash. (Approximately 20 minutes)
3. Once coals have ashed over, add wood chunks. Do not shut firebox lid until the smoke is clean, often called Blue Smoke.
4. Close firebox lid. Adjust the firebox air vent and smokestack damper to regulate cooking temperature. The ideal smoking temperature is between 200°F-250°F.
5. Place water pan under brisket grate. One gallon of water will last 2-3 hours.
6. Place well-seasoned brisket on cooking grate. fat side up, in the cooking chamber.
7. Maintain a consistent cooking temperature by adding wood chunks as needed. Monitor internal temperature of the brisket throughout the cooking process. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F.
8. Remove brisket from smoker and allow to rest. (Approximately 30 minutes)
1. Soak wood chips in water at least one hour. Drain and set aside.
2. In a bowl combine coffee and remaining 9 ingredients. Generously rub brisket with coffee and spice mixture.
3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling. Remove grill rack; set aside. Heating one side of grill to high and leaving one side with heat off. Pierce bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife. Place pan on heat element on heated side of grill; add 1 ½ cups soaked wood chips to pan. Place another disposable aluminum foil pan on unheated side of grill. Pour 2 cups water in pan. Let chips stand for about 15 minutes or until smoking; reduce heat to medium-low. Maintain temperature at 225°F. Place grill rack on grill.
4. Place brisket in a small roasting pan, place pan on grill rack on unheated side. Close lid; cook for 6 hours or until internal temperature registers 190°F. Add 1 ½ cups wood chips every hour for the first 4 hours; cover pan with foil for remaining 2 hours. The ideal finished internal temperature is 195°F-205°F. Remove from grill. Let stand, covered, 30 minutes.
5. Unwrap brisket, reserving juices; trim and discard fat. Using a large strainer, drain drippings into a bowl reserving liquid. Skim any fat from the top of the liquid. Serve with reserved liquid.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 290; Total fat 22g (Sat. fat 9g; Trans fat 0g); Cholest. 75 mg; Sodium 690mg; Total Carb. 2g; Fiber 0g; Total Sugars 1g; Protein 21g; Vit D (0% DV); Calcium (2% DV); Iron (15% DV); Potas. (10%DV)
St. Louis–style ribs just might be the best kind of ribs. For the traditional style, use spareribs and ask your butcher to cut them “St. Louis style”. This simply means that the breastbone will be cut off and the ribs will be in a rectangular shape. To get REALLY traditional, you’ll want to smoke your ribs, but we opted to bake ours in the oven for convenience. Oven-baked ribs still get perfectly tender and will be falling right off the bone!
YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 3 HOURS 35 MINS
3 lb. spareribs
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. mustard powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 tbsp. butter, cut into cubes
1 c. barbecue sauce
Preheat oven to 300° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. If your ribs have a thin membrane over the bones on the backside, remove by carefully sliding a knife under the membrane and then peeling it away.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and seasonings. Rub mixture all over ribs until well coated.
Evenly distribute butter cubes over ribs, wrap tightly in foil, and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.
Switch oven to broil, unwrap ribs, and brush all over with barbecue sauce. Place back on baking sheet and broil until sauce starts to caramelize, 5 minutes.
Whenever we are in LA there’s this place we frequent, Zankou Chicken; although their specialty is the delicious rotisserie chicken they also serve beef and chicken kebobs and shawarma wraps. We love the beef shawarma so much that we buy a dozen or so to take home with us.
Since there are no trips planned to LA anytime soon I decided to try my hand at making my own.
Shawarma is usually cooked on a spit and slow roasted as it turn, I don’t have one of those machines so I found a way to make it using just my oven and stove top.
To make the meat extra tender I used thinly sliced boneless beef short ribs with all the fat trimmed off. I adapted a chinese restaurant method used to tenderize their stir fry meat and it made my ribs very tender.
The secret to great shawarma is the spices used to marinate the meat. So get out your spice rack to make this tasty recipe. We make it into wraps using either pita bread or nan. Served with crunchy dill pickles and my sun dried tomato/roasted red pepper hummus and you’ve got a filling meal.
My family thinks my version is just as good as the shawarma we buy at Zankou!
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that my husband has embarked on a Keto Diet plan which pretty much means I either make something Keto friendly just for him or find keto friendly recipes for the whole family to enjoy. Since I’m not particularly fond of playing short order cook it is so much easier to make something that we can all have for dinner. And so I’ve come up with this Keto friendly Butter Steak Cubes.
Butter Steak Cubes are real easy to make and they are really delish! Everyone loves them! I serve them with a tossed salad for hubby and sides like mashed potatoes, corn, and veggies for the rest of us. My husband likes them so much I sometimes double the recipe so he can have leftovers for the next couple of days.
One thing though, if you want leftovers for lunch or whatever don’t over cook the steak. In fact I usually cook them just until they turn slightly pink in the middle. That way they can be reheated later. If you over cook the meat they end up like jerky when reheated. You definitely don’t want that!
4 NY Strip Steaks cut into 1″ cubes
1/2 Tbs. Cayenne Red Pepper
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1 Tbs. Onion Powder
1 Tsp. Sea Salt
1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Tbs. Lemon Pepper
1 Tsp. Oregano
1 Stick Butter
3 Tbs. Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Fresh Parley Chopped
Combine Spices in a small bowl and mix well
Melt Butter in Olive Oil over med high heat
Add cubed meat and sprinkle spices over it
Toss meat in frying pan and cook until it almost reaches your desired “doneness”