Mini quiches are perfect to serve a snack or accompanied on a savoury platter filled with a variety of different savouries to serve at a special occasion or for guests. Can be served for brunch or starters too. Quick and easy to make. You can make it in advance and pop in the oven before needed. You may use left over chicken or beef instead of polony.
3 large eggs
100g polony, diced
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle of fresh or dried parsley
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
In a bowl, mix the eggs, polony, onion, cheese, salt & pepper with a fork until everything is mixed together.
Using a round pastry cutter, cut circles out of the puff pastry and place into a 12 cup muffin tin.
Spoon the mixture into the pastry. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Dry Spicy Lamb Curry
Serves 6 – 8
1 kg lamb pieces
1 cup plain yoghurt
2 tablespoons garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons garam masala
salt to taste
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 green chillies, slit lengthwise
2 teaspoons koljana/coriander powder
1 teaspoon jeera/cumin powder
2 medium tomatoes, chopped fine
Freshly chopped dhanya to garnish
Mix the lamb pieces with the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, garam masala and salt to taste, cover and allow to marinade for 3 hours.
Heat the oil in a deep pot on medium heat. Add the green chillies and fry until it stops spluttering.
Add the lamb with the marinade and fry stirring frequently for 5 – 7 minutes.
Now add the tomatoes, koljana/coriander and jeera/cumin powder and mix well.
Sprinkle some water over the meat, cover, lower the heat and cook till the meat is done.
Check occasionally and add more water if needed to prevent sticking and burning. Ideally this dish has a minimal amount of thick gravy.
Turn the heat off, garnish with freshly chopped dhanya.
Serve with warm chapattis (Indian flat breads) or naans.
4 large potatoes
1 teaspoon cumin/jeera seeds
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon coriander/koljana seeds (crushed)
1 teaspoon fennel/barishap seeds (crushed)
½ teaspoon chilli powder
2-3 slit green chillies
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Handful Coriander leaves chopped
Salt to taste
30 ml cooking oil
Peel the potatoes and cut into bite size pieces.
Boil water in a sauce pan and then add the chopped potatoes and salt. Let it cook, but make sure there is still some bite to it.
After it is cooked, drain the water completely and keep aside.
Now heat a small pot and add some oil. Add the cumin/jeera seeds, garlic and ginger. Stir until garlic ginger is cooked and slightly browned.
Now add the crushed fennel/barishap seeds, coriander/koljana seeds, chilli powder and give it a stir.
Add the cooked potatoes, green chillies, salt and stir gently in intervals.
Let this cook for about 6-7 minutes until the sides have browned, spices are coated well. Add drops of water to prevent sticking to the pot and burning.
Finally garnish with coriander leaves.
200g wholemeal flour
75ml warm water
2 tbsp butter
Sift the flour into a medium bowl and make a well in the middle of the flour. Pour in the water and mix to make a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 -8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place back in the bowl, cover with cling film and leave for 10 –15 minutes.
This is a firm favourite in my house at anytime. So easy to prepare. I usually make a batch to freeze, so there is always something to cook when unexpected quests arrive or whenever the kids feel like nibbling.
MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS
500g ready-made puff pastry
Flour for dusting
1 egg, beaten
8 good quality sausages cut into two
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small handful fresh thyme leaves
Preheat the oven to 200C
Roll the pastry out on a floured surface to a rectangle of about 48x32cm.
Cut the large rectangle in half lengthways, then cut both smaller rectangles into eight equal sections. You now have 16 rectangles in total. Brush one end of each rectangle with a little of the beaten egg, lay a piece of sausage at the other end, then season the sausage with salt and freshly ground black pepper and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Roll the sausage up in the pastry to enclose and repeat with all the sausages. Put the sausage rolls in the fridge for 20 minutes for the pastry to harden.
Once the pastry is hard, remove the sausage rolls from the fridge and score the tops with a sharp knife for decoration, or prick with a fork. Brush well all over with the rest of the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, or until the pastry has turned golden-brown and looks crisp. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before serving.
Use viennas (Frankfurters) instead of the sausage
Vegetable Spring Rolls
1 cup mixed vegetables, chopped long and slim/shredded (carrot, beans, cabbage, peas, corn, green, yellow, red peppers, etc)
1 onion, sliced
1 teaspoon ginger & garlic paste
1 tablespoon soya sauce
1 chopped green chilli
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon oil
1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions until transparent and pink.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for another minute.
3. Next add the vegetables and green chilli, sprinkle some water and cook closed until soft, yet crunchy.
4. Turn heat to high and add the soya sauce. Mix well for a minute on high.
5. Lower heat. Mix in salt and pepper. Remove from fire and cool.
Filling and rolling:
Defrost the pastry to room temperature before separating the sheets.
Lay out one sheet; add about 2-3 tbsp (depending on the size of your spring roll sheets) of the vegetable filling towards one corner.
Fold in the end of the corner first and then both sides.
Once these ends are firmly placed, start rolling towards the other end until fully done.
Deep fry until golden brown.
– Add cooked, shredded chicken pieces.
– You can use any mix of vegetables you want. However, cabbage and peppers really enhance the taste.
– Arrange spring rolls in a single layer on a medium baking sheet. Brush with vegetable oil. Bake in preheated oven @ 200C for 20 minutes, until lightly browned. For a crispier spring roll, turn after 10 minutes.
Quick mini pizzas (savouries)
1 cup chicken fillet – cooked with green chillies, salt and 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic
1 cup grated cheese
1 green pepper – cubed
1 tomato – finely chopped
2 eggs – lightly beaten
5 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sweet corn – optional
Ground green chillies to taste
Mix all ingredients well in a large dish.
Place in greased patty pans and bake at 180C till done – 10-15 minutes.
Sprinkle with origanum before baking
Basic pancake mixture
110g plain flour, sifted
Pinch of salt
200ml milk mixed with 75ml water
1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
2. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
3. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
4. Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
Fill with coconut, lemon juice, or instant pudding with banana slices,etc
Cheese samosa filling:
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup cheese, grated
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 teaspoon oil
Salt to taste (optional)
Oil for frying
Heat the oil in a pan.
Add chopped onions and fry till brown colour.
Add chopped chillies to it.
Fry for 3 – 4 minutes.
Let it cool for some time.
Add grated cheese and salt, if using, to the mixture.
Mix well and fill your samosas as usual.
3 Cheese Samosa
½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
½ cup processed cheese, grated
½ cup cottage cheese
1 teaspoon crushed red chillies
3 tablespoons fresh dhanya, chopped
Mix all the ingredients together, ready for filling your samosa leaves. Fry as you normally would.
500ml (2 cups) cake flour
3ml (1//2) teaspoon salt
corn flour as needed for sprinkling
oil as needed for smearing
Sift flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add water and mix into a stiff dough.
Knead well, cover with a damp cloth and leave aside for 30 minutes.
Divide dough into 8 portions.
Roll out each portion to the size of a saucer.
Smear oil edge to edge onto 6 of the rolled-out pastry.
Sift corn flour lightly on each oiled pastry.
Make two stacks of pastry into a large disc. Roll out thinly.
Toss each stack on a heated griddle for a few seconds, turning frequently, until they loosen into individual pastries.
Place on tray and cover with a damp cloth.
Complete tossing the second lot in the same way.
Cut through stack with kitchen scissors or sharp knife to desired width.
Snip off the uneven ends to form an even pastry.
Chicken samosa filling
500g chicken mince or chicken breast chopped finely
3 large onions, chopped finely
1 teaspoon ground jeera
1 teaspoon ground koljana
2-3 teaspoons crushed chillies
salt to taste
Wash and drain mince. Brown the mince in a large pan until brown and dry. Remove from heat. Add the onions and spices and mix well. Fill approx 30 samosas
Potato and pea filling:
500g potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 onion, finely chopped
100g frozen peas
1 tsp whole jeera
1 tsp whole koljana
2 tsp crushed chillies
salt to taste
Braise onion until golden brown 5-10 minutes. Add whole jeera and koljana. Add the potatoes and cook until soft adding water if necessary. The mixture should be dry so keep stirring to ensure it does not burn. Add crushed chillies and salt. Lastly add the frozen peas and cook a further 5 minutes. Cool and fill samosa leaves.
Fills approx 20 samosas
Mutton Mince for Samoosas
1kg mutton mince
4 large onions finely chopped and water squeezed out
2 tablespoon green chillies crushed
2 bunches dhanya cut finely
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon ginger and garlic
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coarse black pepper
Wash and drain mince. Put in a pot in the stove on medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes. Now add in ginger and garlic, salt, turmeric and pepper. Cook for a further 20 minutes stirring now and then and breaking lumps. When mince is cooked remove from heat, the mince should be dry. Add onions, chillies and dhanya to this. Your mince is now ready.
Tomato baked eggs
Cooking Time: 1 hour includes 45-50 minutes in the oven
900g ripe vine tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 large free range eggs
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Preheat the oven to fan 180C. Cut the tomatoes into quarters or thick wedges, depending on their size, then spread them over a fairly shallow 1.5 liter ovenproof dish. Peel the garlic, slice thinly and sprinkle over the tomatoes. Drizzle with the olive oil, season well with salt and pepper and stir everything together until the tomatoes are glistening.
Slide the dish into the oven and bake for 40 minutes until the tomatoes have softened and are tinged with brown.
Make four gaps among the tomatoes, break an egg into each gap and cover the dish with a sheet of foil. Return it to the oven for 5-10 minutes until the eggs are set to your liking. Scatter over the herbs and serve piping hot with thick slices of toast or warm ciabatta and a green salad on the side.