Bite Me Spices - Official Blog

Our Brilliant Burger Recipe

03-08-2015

Let me apologise for not posting this sooner. The gluten free Burger Mix has been incredibly popular at our recent shows and I promised to put not one, but two options for the easy and our ultimate burger recipes.

Here’s the first of the two, our Easy Brilliant Burger Recipe. Serve with your favourite sides.

To make 4 Quarter Pound (ish) Burgers you will need;

Ingredients

500g of minced beef (Choose mince with 15-20% fat to keep burgers really moist)

Half a pack of Bite Me Spices Brilliant Burger Mix

8 x 15 cm squares of greaseproof paper

Method

  • Put mince into a large bowl, breaking up large chunks.

  • Add the half pack of Brilliant Burger Mix and mix well, get your clean hands in there, it really is the best tool for this job.

  • If you really want burger perfection, weigh out 125g balls of the meat, or divide into 4 equal sized balls.

  • Press each firmly into a burger shape and place between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper. Put covered into the fridge for at least an hour, preferably several to firm up (this is a necessary step as we don’t use eggs or breadcrumbs in this recipe).

  • When sufficiently chilled, cook on the BBQ on a lightly oiled grill or in a hot pan. Cooking times will depend on the heat of your grill, how you like your burger cooked and how chunky you make the burgers. Ours pictured get about 4 minutes a side on a hot grill but we like them cooked slightly pink. Cook for a further 2 minutes a side if you want them cooked further.

If you want to see our Ultimate Burger recipe, we'll post it tomorrow. It's quite special

The Easiest Spicy Hot Wings

07-07-2015

This feels like something of a cheat to call this a recipe but we do like to make things easy for you to use our products. Cook this over coals when the weather permits, or oven bake when the sun fails to shine.

Chicken wings are so cheap and great for a gathering but we make loads and sit with a bowlful on the sofa watching a film.

However you eat them, ENJOY

To serve 4 people as a good sized snack you will need approximately;

1KG of chicken wings, cut into two at the joint

A pack of Bite Me Spices Spicy Hot Wing Rub

1 tbsp vegetable oil (optional)

Method

  • Place wings into a large bowl. Coat with oil if using. (The rub will stick to the wings without oil for the health conscious).

  • Sprinkle over the rub to taste. If you want them really spicy use the whole pack, for a milder flavour, use half for this quantity of wings.

  • The wings do not need to marinate but will benefit a little for an hour covered in the fridge before cooking.

  • For the BBQ, cook over hot coals over direct heat until thoroughly cooked.

  • For oven cooking, 20 mins at 180 degrees should do it. Please check the wings are thoroughly cooked before serving.

  • And EAT

Jamaican Goat Curry

13-01-2015

This is our newest blend and has sold particularly well at events and shows. I know some are squeamish about goat meat but don't let that put you off trying this delicious mild to medium curry blend, it works very well with mutton, lamb or even pork.

This recipe can be made in a large saucepan or in the slow cooker but if using the latter, you may need to add a little more water during the longer cooking time.

To serve 4 you will need;

600g -800g goat meat on the bone cut into large chunks (Our butcher is always happy to cut this to order so just ask) Alternatively just use 600g of mutton, lamb or pork.

2 medium onions, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced finely

2tbsp vegetable oil

450g potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks

1 litre water

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Add contents of packet, goat meat (or alternative) and onions to a large bowl and mix well. Marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours, overnight if possible.

  • Heat 2tbsp of oil in a large saucepan. Brown the meat in batches. Once browned, add 500ml of water, bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for an hour with a lid on.

  • Add garlic, potatoes and another 500ml water, cover and leave for a further 90 minutes. Season to taste. Great served with plain white rice or rice and peas.

Chicken & Spinach Dhansak

07-01-2015

On a cold and dull January day when we’re all still determined to keep up the New Year resolutions, (one of which may be to eat a little healthier), this recipe is hard to beat. You’ll need our brilliant Dhansak kit that comes with a recipe card for a Lamb Dhansak, but here’s an alternative that’s a little lighter.

Serves 4

You will need;

450g pack of chicken thigh fillets, or chicken breast if you prefer

2 bay leaves

75g green lentils

75g red lentils

1tbsp mango chutney

1 pint water

2 tbsp vegetable oil

100g pack fresh spinach leaves, washed

1 large onion, sliced finely into half rings

3 cloves garlic, grated

2cm fresh ginger, grated

400g tin chopped tomatoes

Salt to taste

Chopped coriander to serve (optional)

Method

  • Marinate the chicken in Spice Mix 1 for at least 1 hour, overnight if you have time.

  • Add 1tbsp vegetable oil to a large pan. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and fry for a few minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add another 1tbsp oil and heat. Fry onions and bay leaves until golden. Add garlic and ginger, fry for another 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan.

  • Add chopped tomatoes and 1 pint of water. Bring to simmering point and reduce the heat to low.

  • Add Spice Mix 2, stir well and add lentils. Simmer on a gentle heat for about 60 minutes or until lentils are cooked through, stirring occasionally.

  • Just before serving, add 1tbsp mango chutney and the spinach. Cook through until the spinach is wilted and season with salt to taste.

  • Serve with rice or nan bread.

Spiced Butternut & Smoked Gammon Soup

13-10-2014

As I write up this recipe the rain is lashing against the windows and the wind is blowing up to 40 mph winds. Hello Autumn, you’ve arrived with gusto and I love it. Wrapped up in cosy jumpers, boots and jeans I’m at my happiest, especially if on a day like today I’m in a warm kitchen.

At the same time my cooking changes to suit the onset of colder weather and my mind switches from BBQ and salads to warming soups, stews and curries.

So this is one of those soups. Simple to prepare and hearty enough to be a meal, especially with some flatbreads or a crusty bread roll. You can omit the gammon and use vegetable stock for this to make a vegetarian version, it still works. The soup is also gluten free, but as always check the stock you use to make sure this is suitable. You will also need a blender for this recipe.

Ingredients

1tbsp vegetable oil

2 medium onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic

200g smoked gammon steak, chopped into small cubes

650g butternut squash, peeled and chopped into large chunks

1 pint chicken stock

2 tsp Bite Me Spices Trinity Chilli Powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan. Add chopped onion and fry on a medium heat until they turn a golden brown. Add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

  • Add 100g of the chopped gammon, fry for 3 minutes. Add the chilli powder, cumin and coriander.

  • Add the butternut squash and mix well, fry for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken stock. Simmer with a lid on for about 15 minutes, or until the squash has softened.

  • Leave to cool. Blend when cool. Season to taste.

  • In a separate frying pan, fry off the remainder of the gammon until crispy. Serve this on top of the soup as a garnish. I also sprinked a little extra Trinity Chilli Powder over the bacon topping.

© 2013 - 2015 Bite Me Spices | Web design in Northampton by MPS Creative