Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rainy day Cooking with Yummiez....

Last week the monsoons really made themselves felt. We were rained in with an empty fridge, my cook did not turn up and I had a couple of hungry cranky housebound kids on my hands.. The only thing I had was a few onions!

Rummaging through the freezer and pantry yielded a can of baked beans and a packet of Yummiez sausages. All the makings for of the Spicy Yummiez  sausage stew I had dished up for  the #YummiezWeekends 'meatup' I had hosted at APB Cook Studio in May. As I chopped onions and chillies and got the stew going, the kitchen was filled with the aromas of the stew and I was taken back to the day I had spent experimenting with the Yummiez products while creating the menu for the party.

Yummiez stuff is great for having on hand for any meal from tiffins where there are endless combinations one can create by combining them with breads, dips, spreads, vegetables, salad and even fruit! We use it to top homemade pizzas, make sausage rolls, muffins, and even salads. 

And their Kebab Platter is a particular favourite for me, it comes in handy whenever sudden guests drop in, just fry up on the tava and serve! But they are also great for quick weekday dinners when I am strapped for time. I just put them out with rotis, onion salad, chutneys and everyone rolls their own wraps.  

I realised as we sat down to dinner that I’ve had some sort of Yummiez product; sausages, salamis, kebabs, ready to fry nuggets, popcorn as a fall back in the fridge ever since. They were really, really convenient to have on hand and have come to my rescue on a number of occasions like that day. They are great to just eat but can also be used in many other ways. Here are some recipes I have created that are great to have on hand.

Yummiez  sausage stew

2 tbsp olive oil
1 packet Yummiez Cocktail sausages
2 chillies, chopped fine
1 onion, diced fine
1 garlic clove, chopped fine
1 tomato diced
1 can baked beans
1 cup stock
2 tbsp coriander
2 tbsp grated cheese

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the sausages for 4-5 mins until golden brown. Remove and set aside. Add  chillies, onion and stirfry till transluscent. Add the tomatoes and stirfry some more. Add the Baked beans and stock and mix. Bring to the boil. Return the sausages to the pan, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5-6. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle over the coriander and cheese and serve with crusty bread on the side.



Mix meat salad
Great as a quick party appetiser by itself or as a canapé topping. Also lovely for a sandwich or taco filling.

3 pkts assorted Yummiez sausages /salamis
½ cup Mayonnaise
½ cup Fresh parsley
2 tbsp Tabasco sauce

Cut the Yummiez sausages /salamis into equal chunks. Combine Mayonnaise, fresh parsley and Tabasco sauce in a large mixing bowl. Add the sausages  and mix well. Serve chilled. 
Variation - Chop sausage salami into tiny dice to use this as a sandwich filling and layer in bread with Iceberg lettuce.

 Spicy Skillet Sausages

! tbsp. olive oil
1 pkt Yummiez Spicy Cocktail Sausage halved
4 onions, sliced thick
2 Green chillies sliced fine
1 tbsp BBQ sauce,
½ tbsp. chilli flakes,
Tabasco sauce to taste
Hand full of olives sliced
2 tbp grated cheese
1 tbsp fresh herbs.

Heat oil and add Yummiez Spicy Cocktail Sausages, stirfry until golden and slightly crisp. Remove and reserve. To the same pan add another tbsp. oil, and add the green chillies and fry for 30 seconds.
Add the thick sliced onions and cook till browned on both sides.  Transfer to a bowl and toss sausages, onions with the BBQ sauce, chilli flakes, Tabasco, olives, grated cheese and herbs. Serve.


Spicy Sausage and Potato Pan-fry (Time; 45 minutes; Serves:2- 4)
This is one of Shekhar’s favourite recipes. Great for any time of day! Serve with bread or as is.
2 tbsp /30ml EVOO
1 level tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsp crushed pepper
250g potatoes, cut into 2.5cm (1in) cubes
2 red onions, cut into 8 chunks each
250 g sausage, cut into chunks
50g cherry tomatoes (optional)
 50g G capsicum

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the chilli and pepper and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add the potatoes and fry for 7-10 minutes until lightly browned, turning regularly. Reduce the heat, add the onions and continue to cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring from time to time until they have softened but not browned. Add the sausage and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add the cherry tomatoes and Peppers. Toss everything together well and cook for 3 minutes. Serve hot with Eggs and buttered toast on the side.

Variation, Vegetarians can substitute sausages with Mushrooms or nutrella nuggets soaked in hot stock and drained.

TO. DIE.FOR Chicken Popcorn Chaat
1 pkt Yummiez Chicken popcorn
2 tbsp Tamarind chutney
1 tbsp Green coriander chutney
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 small tomato, chopped fine
1 small green chilli, chopped fine
2 tbsp coriander, chopped fine
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp chaat masala
Salt to taste

Fry the Yummiez Chicken popcorn as per packet instructions and lay on a platter.  Combine onion, tomato, green chilli, coriander, lemon juice and salt and mix well. Scatter onion salad mix over the popcorn. Drizzle with the chutneys. Sprinkle over with the chaat masala. Serve immediately.

 More pictures of the 'Meat' up here and a full video is here  the #YummiezWeekends 'Meatup' 
Grilling the Kebabs.
Sausage Muffins 
A buffet of Yumminess at APB Cook Studio

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