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Banging Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend

Planning a shindig this weekend? Cook up something special with these fabulous recipes for bank holiday weekend that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – One pan sausage-meatball roast with British asparagus and new potatoes

An easy one pot dish that pairs seasonal superstars British asparagus and new potatoes with easy sausage meatballs and juicy vine tomatoes.

Serves: 4. Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 40 minutes

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What to do: 

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan.

Using a sharp knife, make a series of thin slices (about 2mm apart) all along the new potatoes, cutting down about three quarters of the way through so the potatoes stay intact at the base. Add to a large roasting tin and drizzle over the olive oil, sprinkle on the oregano and season with salt and pepper. Toss about to evenly coat. Roast for 10 minutes.

Cut each sausage into 4, peeling away and discarding the skins as you go. Remove the potatoes from the oven, scatter around the sausage pieces and slide back into the oven for another 15 minutes. 

Remove the roasting tin from the oven once more, scatter over the tomatoes and the garlic and toss to coat, turning the potatoes so they are all cut side up. Slide back into the oven and roast for another 10 minutes. Finally, add the asparagus to the tin, tossing to coat and roast for 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven and serve straight away.

Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – Paysan Breton cheat’s carbonara with pancetta and mushrooms

A quick and easy spin on the Italian classic. This creamy carbonara-style pasta dish with pancetta and mushrooms is a real crowd pleaser.

Serves: 4. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cooking Time: 15 minutes 

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What to do:

Cook the spaghetti in boiling water as per the pack instructions. 

Meanwhile, cook the pancetta in a large frying pan and once it is crispy, set to one side. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden, you may need to add a splash of oil or a little butter if your pan seems dry.  Put the pancetta back into the pan and add the cream cheese over a low heat and let it melt. 

Drain the pasta, reserving half a mug of cooking water. Add the spaghetti to the pan with the chopped parsley and some black pepper.  Stir everything together gently and add the reserved cooking water a little at a time to achieve a silky sauce. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan. 

Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – Paysan Breton Croissant Bake

A guaranteed crowd pleaser and a one-pot brunch showstopper that will have everyone smiling and wanting more. 

Serves: 8. Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

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What to do:

Pre-heat the oven to 180 º C and butter a large 35cm skillet pan or ovenproof dish.

Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard over each croissant half and place a slice of ham in each one. Divide up the grated Comté between the 8 croissants and then arrange them across the bottom of the dish. 

In a large jug or bowl, whisk together the eggs, whole milk, ¾ of the cream cheese (save the rest for later) and double cream and then season well with freshly ground black pepper. 

Pour over the croissants and leave for 10 minutes to allow some of the liquid to get soaked up. 

Bake the croissants in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. 

Dollop over the remaining cream cheese and chopped chives and serve immediately. 

Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – Radish and Celery goodness bagel

Pam Lloyd PR Love Celery & Radish Recipes (18th July 2018)

Crunchy and fresh, this made-in-minutes toasted bagel with hummus and crisp veg is a really quick idea for a healthy lunch or snack.

Serves: 2 Prep time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 2-5 minutes

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What to do: 

Toast the bagels. Spread one side of each bagel thickly with the hummus. 

Top with layers of the sliced celery, radish, avocado, then finish with some salad cress.

Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – Claire Thomson’s Roasted Isle of Wight Tomato Falafels

Serves: 4. Preparation time: 1 hour. Cooking time: 15 mins

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Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – Shallot, sundried tomato, olive and chicken traybake 

With everything on one tray, this recipe is so simple to put together.  

Serves: 4. Preparation Time: 10 minutes. Cooking Time: 35 minutes

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What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200⁰c 

Put the shallots and chicken on a shallow baking sheet, season well, drizzle with olive oil and roast for 30 minutes.

Remove tray from the oven and add tomatoes and olives and return to the oven for five minutes.  

Drizzle with sherry vinegar, sprinkle with thyme leaves and serve.  

Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – Somerset fondue with British asparagus & new potatoes

Serves: 4. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes

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for dipping

for the fondue

What to do

Put the potatoes into a pan with cold water, bring to the boil and cook until tender.

Whilst the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan and stir in the flour to form a roux. Cook for a minute over a low heat, being careful not to let the roux burn.

Pour in the cider, whisking vigorously until you have a smooth thickened sauce. Simmer for a couple for minutes and add the sage leaves and mustard, then reduce the heat to as low as possible. 

Cut the cheese into small cubes. Begin to gradually add them to the hot cider sauce stirring well and making sure the cheese is fully melted before you add more. Once all the cheese in incorporated season to taste.

Cook the asparagus in boiling water for 4-5 minutes until just tender. Drain and arrange on a platter with the cooked potatoes.

Transfer the fondue to a fondue bowl or eat straight from the pan, dipping in the asparagus and potatoes. 

Recipes for Bank Holiday Weekend – Claire Thomson’s Isle of Wight tomatoes, bread, mustard butter and ricotta pudding

Serves: 4. Preparation time: 30 mins  Cooking time: 45 mins

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