Tag Archives: 20 minutes

Ciabatta with Basil Tomatoe and Onion

Ciabatta with Basil, Tomatoe and Onion

This is one of those quick and easy recipes that I love so much. It does however contain a large amount of butter so be warned.
I don’t generally have Ciabatta handy so I’m making do with a half a Baguette.

  1. Melt a good chunk of butter on a frying pan.
  2. Chop your shallots (or Red onion will do too .. normal onions I find require a good bit more cooking to get rid of any harshness). You want them fairly fine.
  3. Place shallots into the melted butter. Add some water so help prevent the butter drying too much. Reduce heat and let it bubble away
  4. Chop your tomatoes (I used 3 medium) again the smaller the better here you’re going to be spreading this on your bread. Add to the onion mixture. Add more butter if required (you want the mixture to be moist as it’s going to be spread all over your bread. Add some fresh basil if you have some. (Again I used a frozen basil mix that gives a really fresh taste)
  5. Spread your mixture over your baguette which you’ve split down the center (I like to keep it stuck together) Grate some emmental cheese on top and add some freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Grill for 5 – 10 minutes (until the cheese is nicely melted on top) keeping an eye so it doesn’t burn

Enjoy :)

Asparagus and Bacon NOM!

So I never really came across Asparagus wrapped in Bacon in Ireland .. but here in the Menu del Dia’s you constantly have asparagus offered as one of the plates.

This led me the other day to say **** it I’m going to try it out

So what do you need
(preheated oven to 220C)
1: Asparagus
2: Rashers (we’ve tried this with serrano ham before but its a bit too dry)
3: Olive oil / pepper / salt (though with the rashers you could probably do with out the salt)

So take 2 -or 3 stems of asparagus … hold tightly and wrap a rasher around them

Complicated I know … try to get it so its nice and tight and holds its form
(I varied going straight across … and wrapping diagonally up the asparagus)

Repeat until no more asparagus (I then proceeded to wrap some extra bacon around them)

Place in a baking tray (Next time I’ll be trying on a grill in a baking tray)

Asparagus and Bacon Uncooked

Place it all in the preheated oven at 220C and keep an eye on it at the 15 or so minute mark and you should have something that looks like

Asparagus and Bacon In the Pan

Bit of kitchen paper to remove some excess grease and hey presto

Asparagus and Bacon Cooked

Bon Appetit

I’d give this one a 9/10 :)