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Ricey Cheesy Mess

8 Dec

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This is such a quick meal to make, and great for when you’ve almost run out of food – everything in it is pretty much guaranteed to be in the fridge. It’s also really versatile, and you can chuck almost anything in, depending on what you have or prefer. It’s not the prettiest food (hence the name!), but is really tasty and very easy to make, and is essentially a really cheap version of risotto.

It doesn’t really matter what cheese you use, but strong-flavoured is better; I use mature cheddar. The stock cube also isn’t essential, but it gives this dish a lot more flavour and just generally makes it more awesome.

Tip: if you have leftover (pre-cooked) chicken you can use that instead of the bacon, and it’s really tasty.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.42 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 180g rice
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 75g grated cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method:

1) Put the rice on to boil, with the stock cube in the water.

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2) Chop the onion, garlic and bacon, and fry for around 10 minutes on a low heat. Season with mixed herbs.

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3) Add the pepper and fry for another 3 minutes.

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4) Drain the rice and mix in the bacon and vegetables with all but a small handful of the cheese. Serve with the rest of the cheese sprinkled on the top.

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Cheat’s Tartiflette

7 Nov

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This is a perfect dish now that the weather is getting colder, because it’s really hearty and filling without being stodgy. The ingredients are all things that you probably already have in the fridge, so it’s really good for when you need to make something quick but tasty.

It’s also a great play on the classic French dish tartiflette, which is delicious but a lot more expensive as it uses double cream and reblochon cheese where I’ve used milk and cheddar, making it a perfect treat on a budget.

Tip: this would be really tasty with bacon in all of the layers, but if you want to do this I would suggest frying it first so that it crisps up a bit, as just cooking it in the milk won’t give it as nice a texture.

Serves: three people.

Cost per person: £0.63 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3 baking potatoes
  • 1 rashers bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 100g cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 tsps mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut the baking potatoes into slices.

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3) Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a layer of potatoes. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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4) Cover with a third of the grated cheese and half a roughly chopped onion.

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5) Add another layer of potatoes and cover with another third of the cheese and the rest of the onion. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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6) Add another layer of potatoes and season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Chop the bacon rashers into pieces and cover the potatoes with them. Drizzle with vegetable oil.

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7) Cook in the oven for 10 minutes, then add the milk and return to the oven.

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8) After another 10 minutes, remove from the oven and stir, to avoid the milk curdling.

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9) Add the rest of the grated cheese and cook for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has completely melted and the potatoes are cooked.

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10) Tuck in!

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Breakfast Pizza

9 Jul

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Not only good for breakfast but for any meal of the day, this is a really quick and tasty dish, and it serves one person – perfect for those nights when you only have yourself to cook for so you don’t know what to make as nearly every recipe serves two-four people!

Tip: I’ve made the recipe very basic, but if you have either to hand then some fresh basil and sliced tomatoes would taste great added to this.

Serves: one person.

Cost per person: £1.08 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • One tortilla
  • One egg
  • Three rashers of bacon
  • 2 tbsps tomato puree
  • 25g grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Fry the egg, until just set but not overcooked. Set aside.

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2) Fry the bacon until cooked. Set aside.

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3) Brown the tortilla in the frying pan, for about a minute on each side.

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4) Whilst the second side of the tortilla is browning, spread it with the tomato puree. Sprinkle on the mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the bacon and egg.

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5) Sprinkle with the grated cheese and place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted.

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6) Tuck in!

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