Welcome to our brand new recipe corner. This will be a little hub of foodie content where we will be sharing some lovely recipes from our various Big Feastival chefs, producers and street-food suppliers. Don't forget to take some photos of your creations and share them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter tagging @thebigfeastival so we can see our favourite Feastival recipes come to life. Happy cooking!
Don Macaroni Mac n Cheese from Anna Mae's
For the starter sauce
50g unsalted butter
50g plain flour
1 pint/ 568ml whole milk at room temperature
For the mac n cheese
400g elbow macaroni
230g mature cheddar, grated
90g Monterey Jack, grated
30g Parmesan, grated
8 rashers of dry cure streaky bacon
For the Pesto:
10 basil leaves
25g pine nuts
25g grated Parmesan
75ml good quality olive oil
1 clove garlic
Squeeze of lemon
Pop the pesto ingredients into a small bowl, blitz with a hand blender until lovely and smooth then set aside.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Pour in to a colander and leave to drain thoroughly.
In a heavy bottomed pan make the Starter Sauce. Heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Meanwhile in another heavy bottomed pan melt the butter. Reduce to a low heat and gradually add the flour stirring into a paste with a wooden spoon – this is your roux. Whilst stirring continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until it turns golden in colour, being careful not to overbrown the mixture, this means it’s burnt.
Slowly whisk the milk into the roux a little at a time, stirring vigorously. Once fully combined turn up to a medium heat and cook for another 5 – 8 minutes or until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the wooden spoon. Make sure you stir constantly to keep the sauce smooth and to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and add the cheese and mix until melted. Fold in the pasta. Stir occasionally to stop sticking.
Meanwhile fry the bacon until crisp, pouring any fat that collects in the pan into the cheese sauce, mixing well.
Spoon the mac n cheese into 4 serving bowls, drizzle the pesto over the top and place two of the bacon rashers across each dish along with the basil. Season with fresh pepper.
Braised Lamb Shanks with Baby Potatoes, Black Olives and Mint - José Pizarro
2 lamb shanks approx
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 medium carrots, diced
600 ml vegetable or chicken stock
1 bay leaf
20 Aragon black olives or kalamata, pitted
200g baby potatoes, scraped clean but not peeled
1 tablespoon lemon juice and rind from half lemon
2 tablespoons chopped mint
Pat the shanks dry with some kitchen paper, then season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed casserole over a moderate heat, and brown the lamb on all sides. Put to one side and keep warm while you fry the onions and garlic. Once they are golden after about 5 minutes or so, add the carrots and cook for further 3 minutes. Return the shanks to the casserole, along with the bay leaf, and add the stock. Cover and simmer gently for around two hours: the meat should almost fall off the bone.
About 10 minutes before the shanks are ready, add the potatoes, olives, lemon rind and juice, and give everything a good stir. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Divide between 2 warmed plates, add the mint, and lastly drizzle a little olive oil over each serving.
Sun-dried tomato & olive cod en papillote - The Mindful Chef
120g green beans
1 tbsp oil
2 garlic cloves
2 x 150g cod fillet (skin off)
300g sweet potato
40g pitted black olives
60g sundried tomatoes
Medium handful of fresh thyme
1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6.
2. Leaving the skin on, cut the sweet potato into 1cm cubes. Remove the thyme leaves from the stalks. Slice the black olives and sundried tomatoes in half. Trim the green beans and thinly slice each garlic clove.
3. Place the sweet potato on a baking tray, sprinkle over the thyme leaves, drizzle with 1 tsp oil and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Place in the oven for 20 mins, turning halfway through.
4. To make each pollack en papillote - Using a large piece of baking paper, layer half of the green beans, then the pollack, top with the olives, sundried tomatoes and garlic. Season with sea salt and black pepper and drizzle over a quarter of the juice from the lemon and 1 tsp olive oil. Roll up the ends to make a parcel. Repeat with the other pollack fillet.
5. Place the pollack en papillote on a baking tray and place in the oven for 15-20 mins until cooked through.
6. You can serve the pollack in the parcel or carefully remove from the baking paper. Place on a warm plate and serve alongside the sweet potatoes. Drizzle with the remaining lemon juice.
459 calories • 53g carbs • 15g fat • 33g protein
Recipe for two people, halve the ingredients for one person
For more recipes like these, check out The Mindful Chef who will be appearing on our Table Sessions.