Our family has decided on a much more casual Christmas this year and part of that is a cold meat and salad buffet. It will be the usual pork, turkey and chicken combo, but if you want something different what about this duck ballotine? It can be done the day before and although a bit more fiddly, it’s well worth the effort especially when all you have to do on Christmas morning is slice it.
The Women’s Weekly published this recipe in one of their liftout features back in 1999. I thought it might be of interest as it gives step by step instructions on how to assemble the Kiev. It also came with a couple of useful tips about deep frying it – use a wide-topped deep frying pan, which is half full of well heated oil. If the oil is not hot enough the Kiev will absorb too much oil. Obviously an electric deep fryer takes away that worry.
There’s a little bit of work with these, you need to the make the filling, then wrap them in the spring roll wrapper and then fry them until their lovely and crisp. Worth it though when you take the first bite……
These are a nice combination of prawns, peanuts and spices. They are quick and easy to make and delicious when dipped in the sauce.
This another recipe from the Kraft Vegemite booklet. The vegemite is used in the sauce and not in the filling, which means you can add as much or as little as you like. I have doubts myself about using tinned vegetable soup for the sauce and don’t see why you couldn’t use mushroom instead.
I decided that I could group these two beef and bean dishes together. They are a little different, but as they both use minced beef and beans I felt they went together. So take your pick….. the Beef and Beans has bacon, chutney and butter beans, the Chilli Beef ‘N’ Beans is spicier and has chilli, red kidney beans and the surprise ingredient of vegemite.