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Burger Recipes

The humble burger, ground meat, a description of any minced meat in realty but more often than not when a burger is mentioned everyone thinks of of the classic beefburger with ground beef. Hamburger, burger, beef burger or a slider. The meat could be ground lamb, chicken or even turkey but a burger remains to be meat of some origin (unless Your vegan) with a certain amount of FAT. Let me tell you now that the fat content in any burger is of the up-most importance. The art of the perfect Burger Recipes.

So what goes into making the perfect burger. Lets take a look at all the different components that go into making the perfect burger recipe. Starting with the type of meat to the relish and toppings and what your burger should go inside. The combinations to the perfect burger is mind boggling but below we should be able to inspire you to create your very own ultimate burger recipe.

what makes the perfect burger recipes. nice burger on a white plate

The Ultimate List To The Great Burger

  1. Where Was the Burger invented (and does it matter)
  2. What meat you should use in a burger
  3. The perfect burger bun
  4. Should you add cheese and just call it a cheeseburger
  5. Burger toppings
  6. Onions Yeah or Nah
  7. Burger Sauces
  8. How to cook the perfect burger
  9. Burger recipes from around the world
  10. What To serve with your burgers
  11. Veggie Burgers

Was the Burger Invented In Europe

Stop the press because its rumored that even though the original burger recipe came from the US of A it was an Danish immigrant. Wait, what about Germany the town of Hamburg of course that’s where the best burger recipes come from and the inventor was Otto Kuase. So where was the first and where does the best burger recipe come from ? Well the best burger recipe  comes from you and the inventor is you. Yes you, there is so many variations and combinations that you can make your very own original burger recipe. All you have to do is get the basics right.

Does it really matter where it was invented. Just make your favourite recipe with the tips below. Make your burger your own . Own the burger recipe.

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Burger Recipes : The Meat

There are many a variation here, flank steak, chuck steak or luxury wagyu beef ,the choice is yours but remember that it needs to have a certain amount of fat in there. The fat acts as a binding agent along with all the flavour as well. The magical fat to lean meat ratio for the best burger recipe is  70% lean 30% fat. Get that right and you do NOT need an egg in the mix to bind it all together, You do NOT need bread crumbs or any filler of any type, just pure meat, of course the mincing of the meat is also important, fine mince coarse mince the choice is yours.

What Is The Best Cuts Of Meat For a Homemade Burger

Chuck Steak The Grind

Your best option is chuck steak is your best option for making homemade burger recipes. Chuck steak is also know as blade steak but more commonly sold as braising steak. The muscles at the top of the shoulder, where the chuck is found, are interspersed with small weavings of fat throughout. This gives the burger a great “steak-like, but giving” texture. What’s more, the chuck is a hard-working group of muscles, so you never have to worry about blandness.

For this route in making your own hamburger recipe you will need a mincing machine or a mincing attachment to your food processor. Either way this is the ultimate way to create your own burger recipe. There is other meats and speciality blends to make a burger recipe. Some speciality burger joints use dry aged steak trimmings and others even add the trimmings off their pastrami joints and smoked meats. Add your own seasoning as you mince, this way it runs through all the meat.

 

 

cuts of beef picture for the best burger recipes

Image From National Beef Association

 

Ready Minced Meat The Butchers Choice

The next step down in making your own ultimate burger recipe. Buy your butchers mince meat or get the mincemeat from the supermarket. However do remember the fat content, if you get the mince meat with 5% fat it will become dry and tough whilst cooking it. Keep as close to the 30% fat ratio as you possible can.

As the mince is just mince at this point you can add your flavours. Please just never add onions, breadcrumbs or eggs to your mince. The pure burger simply has salt and pepper, ideally you do not want to add to much salt into the mince, rather add the salt to the made pattie just before cooking it. Add to much salt to early and it will draw out that precious moisture from your burger pattie.

Either form the burger pattie in your hand moulding it in to a burger like shape or you could use a guide. Sometime I get the kids a pastry cutter and get them to pack the mince into that using the end of a rolling pin. Gently of course or you will have mince meat all over the kitchen.

Added Flavour To Your Mince
  1. Garlic, Coriander and chilli ( The Spicy Burger)
  2. Chillies (The Chilli Burger)
  3. Cumin and Garam Masla (The Indian Inspired Burger)
  4. Cinnamon, ginger and cumin ( The Moroccan Burger)
  5. Cheese in you beef pattie ( The Cheese Cheese burger)
  6. Garlic and parsley ( The Garlic Burger)
  7. Fish sauce, garlic and chillies (The Thai Burger)
  8. Soya sauce, garlic and coriander ( The Chinese Burger)
  9. Worcester sauce (The British Burger)
  10. Garlic, coriander and oregano (The Mediterranean Burger)

 

The Shop Bought Burger

Now if you go down this route its not the end of the ultimate burger recipe. After all a good hamburger is the sum of all the parts. The pattie, bun,toppins and the sauces. Just ensure that if your buying your burger pattie that its a goodie. What I mean is that don’t buy a burger with onion or breadcrumbs in it. What you need is 100% beef fro the perfect burger.

I often buy my shop bought burger from Aldi, they are around £1.90 for four quarter pounder beef burgers. 100% pure beef, they taste meaty quite firm in texture and a slight pepper taste to them. I would highly recommend these burgers from Aldi from their frozen section. As they are frozen I always cook them in the oven for around 20 minutes. This then leaves me time to prepare the rest of my ultimate burger.

deconstructed burger

The Burger Bun, What Is The Perfect Burger Bun

Now another burning question and debate amongst burger lovers. What is the perfect burger bun. Does it have to be a posh  brioche bun. Sesame seeds, does the bun have to be covered in sesame seeds to considered a proper burger holder. If you put a beef Pattie between two slices of bread is it still a burger or a ground beef Pattie sandwich.

Should the burger bun be toasted. Well for me this is any easy one to answer, and the answer is always a yes. If you do not toast the bun then all the toppings and sauces just soak into the bun. This then makes it soggy and your burger starts falling apart. Its not pretty and it certainly isn’t clever especially if ladies are present. It may be acceptable at the Man BBQ pit, never at the family table. So what is your preferred bun for your ultimate burger recipe.

The Cheeseburger

So your burger, with or without cheese? This simple question can open a snake pit of questions. How many types of cheese are there in the world. I dare not even guess. Maybe your a purist and never have cheese between your bun and beef pattie. The type of cheese you have in your burger determines the other fillings you have. For example lets go way out there on a cheese choice. What about brie, sounds a little way off but if you add some caramelised onions it would make sense. After all haven’t you had a brie and caramelised onion.

The flat pre-packed burger cheese, yuck its like melted plastic on your beef pattie. The kids love the processed piece of square cheese with more packaging than a barbie doll. I like something with flavour and a deep punchy flavour, some contrast. Take blue cheese perfect, those pungent smells and taste notes with the beef. Then  paired with some mushrooms then you have a classic burger topping. Or just s simple creamy cheddar, just add your favourite cheese. Should you add more to your burger bun. Cheese or not to Cheese a burger.

burger in bread

Top Cheeses for a burger

  1. Cheaddar
  2. Blue Cheese
  3. Gouda Cheese
  4. Goats Cheese
  5. The American classic, perp jack
  6. Swiss cheese
  7. Brie
  8. Plastic Burger cheese

Other Burger Toppings

We have the basis of a good looking burger but you want something more. What is it, texture is the answer for me. Ideally something with a little crunch against the soft velvety meat. Does that crunch come from raw onions or some type of slaw. When I make my coleslaw I always add a little of smoked paprika, I find it gives that edge and depth of flavour.

One of my favourite slaw topping is my kebab shop salad. Seriously a marriage made in heaven, meat and veg a slight variation  on the classic takeaway. They should start selling it in all the kebab shops because its a winner.

 

 

 

what to eat with your kebab salad

Burger With My Kebab Shop Salad

You could add salad to your burger, a simple iceberg lettuce perhaps with some tomatoes. You could also down the route of riddled pineapple to make it a Hawaiian Burger. Got some leftover chilli why not add that as a topping and call it a Sloppy Joe Burger.

  1. Bacon
  2. Onion rings
  3. Chilli
  4. Pork pattie
  5. Mushrooms
  6. Jalapeño
  7. Curry Sauce
  8. Pico De Gallo

The Burger, Onions Or Not

Late on a Saturday night just before closing time the conversation turn to the takeaway. A few beers inside you and the debate starts. The perfect burger should it have onions or not. After a few beers its not a debate it becomes close to an argument. So whats the answers, well its your personal preference again “have it your way” to coin a phrase.

So you do like onions on your perfect burger but how do you like them. Oh the options again are a little perplexing. Should you have them raw, a great contrast with that sharp tang from fresh onions. Maybe simple fried onions with a little salt and pepper. What about caramelised onions with some balsamic vinegar and sugar to give balance, or shallots in your burger. Some people like their onions to be boiled so they are soft and mild. It depends on what your perfect burger onion topping is.

The Best Onions For  Burger
  1. Fried (salt & pepper)
  2. Boiled (every  fairground)
  3. Caramelised
  4. Raw
  5. With berries and cream

burger and chips on a plate for the perfect burger

Burger Sauces

To sauce or not to sauce that is the question when to comes to there perfect burger recipes. personally I rarely have a bottled sauce on my burger. The kids however range from the classic tomato ketchup or barbecue. Occasionally the other half has mayo if she has a little bit of salad between the burger and the bun.

Some major brands have become famous because of the sauce they put in their burger buns. Mcdonalds made a fortune on their classic and famous sauce. Some say its a variation on a thousand island dressing others, well its guess work. It doesn’t do it for me but you could try this copy cat recipe. You could just go chilli sauce.

Top Ten Sauces For a Burger 
  1. Maple Bacon Relish
  2. Bear  Cheese
  3. Jalapeno Cheese Sauce
  4. Harissa Yoghurt
  5. Burger Sauce
  6. Blue Cheese Mayo
  7. Chipotle feta
  8. Tarragon Sauce
  9. Frenchie
  10. Truffle Mayo

How to Cook The Perfect Burger

Fry, grill, BBQ or in the oven. In the oven I hear the purist streak, well my frozen burger cooks perfectly in the oven from Aldi. However I do like the sear and smoke from a good BBQ, and I do not mean the gas fired ones. If you have a gas BBQ you may as well just cook in the bloody kitchen.

Sear and smoke and another dimension to the perfect burger. Even if you have a shop bought burger or your homemade ground beef pattie. The outdoors, the beer, the smoke ,that little sear adds to the flavours, what you need is depth of flavour. Do everything you can to your burger to make it truly classic. You want the neighbours to be jealous of your perfect burger recipe.Drop some applewood chips onto the BBQ for a truly inspiring tasting hamburger.

How to cook the perfect burger, do it your way and what is convenient at the time. Its the combination of the toppings that makes it great. If you are having a cheese burger the best way to melt the cheese is to steam it .

  1. Pan Fry
  2. BBQ
  3. Oven
  4. Griddle pan
  5. Grill

burgers on a grill how to cook the perfect burger

Burger Pickles

Now  this one is difficult for me. Occasionally I like a pickle on my burger, it adds to the texture and the contrast. I now rarely eat any famous branded burger as it seems to make me bloated. I think its the mass produced bun for the burger. The choice again is mind blowing. Gherkins, pickled onions, pickled radish or even sauerkraut.

In the same vain there is also the relishes, tomato relish and my least favourite one is corn relish. thats just yuck or perhaps I haven’t just had a good one. If you have a great recipe for a good burger relish please do send.

  1. Gherkins
  2. Picked onions
  3. Capers In Mayo
  4. Pikled Eggs

The Best Selling Commercial Burger Joints

Burgers are big business and probable the most profitable and most famous of any takeaway . These are billion puns industries but can any of them ever claim to produce the ultimate burger recipe. Well it depends, if its for profit then yes if its for flavour then no. Mcdonalds have sales of over 35 billion dollars. The next on the list is Wendy’s with sales over 8 billion dollars. So you can see why everyone want to get in on this life long burger craze we have.

The Top Selling Burger Chains
  1. McDonalds
  2. Wendy’s
  3. Burger King
  4. Gourmet Burger Kitchen 
  5. Byron
  6. Five Guys
  7. The Handmade Burger Co
  8. Honest Burger

I am sure there are many many more burger joints around the UK and the world. One of the best burgers I had was in Manchester and what made it for me was the creamy cheese sauce they put on the top. There was only ever two of them, One in Manchester centre and the other on the edge of Stockport. The las time I went to Manchester it had closed sadly, So having a great burger is only half the way to success to becoming a burger empire. The other half is marketing your burger, look at McDonalds, below average burger but the top selling burger.

 

A Collection Of Burger Recipes From Around The World

We all have our own ideas on what the best burger recipes are. Below is a collection of burgers, sliders from the rest of the world. Maybe one of them may inspire you to create something new. Not only new but better than you have created before.  Make the classic burger but then don’t rest, see if you can improve upon it.

A tasty Desi Fusion Burger recipe

A tasty Desi Fusion Burger recipe – DESIblitz Most of the time, what causes a burger to fall apart is too much pressure. The humble burger is one of the culinary world’s most versatile recipes. Able to pair perfectly with any number of seasoning and spice mixes, you can customise it endlessly …

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Pork and Apple Burger 

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Slimming World Burger 

 

What To Serve With You Burgers

The first item that everyone thinks of is fries, but is that it ? Of course not a good coleslaw on the side or on the burger itself maybe. I am going to conduct a survey tonight at my local Table Tennis club to see what they think is the best

Veggie Burger

Yes we couldn’t leave them out, the humble veggie burger and I must confess I have never eaten one so before I finish this section I will have to do some research. Unless you have some great ideas you can share with me

The Ultimate Veggie Burger 

veggie burger

 

 

If you love your meat then the Ultimate Kebab Collection is for you .

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salad dressing for kebab

 

Kebab Shop Salad Dressing

 

Have you ever indulged in a nice kebab at the weekend with the greasy meat filled with flavour and then the crisp crunchy refreshing cabbage salad cutting through the fat so you can take an ever bigger bite next time.  A little unhealty but so very mouth dribbling satisfaction.

When I succumb to the takeaway from the kebab shop I now go for the grilled meats of lamb and chicken rather from the rotisserie as its packed with fat, but that was until I discovered how easy and cheap it is to make your own dressing at home for the Kebab Shop Salad Dressing . Even better it only takes a few minutes to make and then some resting time for it to work its magic on the cabbage and anything else you wish to add to your salad.

Some great simple Kebab Recipes  or a spicy chilli jam to accompany

salad dressing for kebab

Kebab Shop Salad Dressing With Cabbage Salad

  Kebab Shop Salad Dressing   Have you ever indulged in a nice kebab at the weekend with the greasy meat filled with flavour and then the crisp crunchy refreshing… Dressings Kebab Shop Salad Dressing Super Simple European Print This
Serves: 4 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 3.8/5
( 29 voted )

Ingredients

  • 1/4 red cabbage
  • 1/4 white cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot (optional)
  • 3 tsp mint
  • 1 lemon squeezed for the juice (2 tbs)
  • 1 tbs of white vinegar
  • 1 tbs of sugar
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • A twist of salt and pepper

Instructions

salad dressing for kebab

Place the mint, olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar salt and pepper into a clean jam jar and shake

Finely shred your cabbage onion and carrot

Place in a large bowl

Taste the dressing to ensure it has some balance in flavour, adjust accordingly

Dont worry at this point it will not taste fantastic but it will transform the cabbage

Pour dressing over cabbage , ensuring all the cabbage and onion are coated in the dressing

Leave in the fridge for at least 30 mins

Serve with grilled meats

Notes

works great with and earthy salad items, slightly softening the ingredients and pickling for extra flavour add 1tsp of Oregano

 

Kebab Shop Salad Dressing

What cheaper ingredients could you ask for, cabbage (white red) onion carrot if you wish, its simple and when you add i to your own grilled meats and pitta bread you have your very own healthy stay in take away. I use a BBQ rack for the oven, I have 2 of them 1 a ceramic dish that I can lay the skewers on in in the oven but then i stumbled across this oven/bbq kebab griller which is so versatile. Sometimes know as Turkish Salad (LAHANA SALATA)or a Cabbage salad. Try it on a burger

The Kebab Salad will keep in the fridge for 4/5 days and improve in flavour

If you would like something a little spicy with your kebab then you have to try this super simple Chilli Jam recipe which will keep for weeks in the fridge

I have added some more great dressings below, all very simple and costing pennies to make, the best dressing is way down at the bottom, mine of course.

 

Kebab Shop Salad Dressing

An Easy Template for Citrus Vinaigrette, 5 Ways | Kitchn

Here’s the thing about making your own vinaigrette — it really couldn’t be any easier. It’s not an exact science, and it doesn’t require precise measurements. Instead, it comes together with a simple formula that offers plenty of leeway: roughly one part acid to three parts oil. But that ratio isn’t set in stone; use more or less acid, like citrus or vinegar, to suit your taste.

kebab shop salad dressing and other sauces

Kebab Shop Salad Dressing

8 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes You Should Make at Home – Wholefully

Salad dressings are super easy to make at home, and I think learning how to make your favorite dressing in your own kitchen is a super useful skill to have. It’ll save you tons of cash. The markup on bottled salad dressings is CRAZY—most of them you can make for pennies on the dollar.

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Do you have a favourite Kebab Shop Salad Dressing ? please share your tasty tips

Cabbage Salad

There are variations on the classic kebab shop salad which are revered and loved by the Turkish people.  These are called a Turkish Cabbage salad or a Red Cabbage salad. These cabbage salads are very simple to prepare with the minimum of ingredients. Take half a cabbage, either red cabbage or a white cabbage. Shred the cabbage finely and add to the bowl. Then simply add the juice of half a lemon with 3tsp of olive oil. Season with salt & pepper allowing the mix to stand for at least 30 minutes. Cabbage Salads and kebab salads will keep in the fridge for a least 4 to 5 days still retaining their crunch.

The Health Benefits of a Cabbage Salad

Cabbage is a Cruciferous vegetables and the enhanced benefits are said to reduce the risk of cancer & heart disease. Also the common cabbage is packed with vitamin C, Vitamin K which could help improve brain function.  The cabbage is packed full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium all helping to develop strong bones. These minerals will slow down any possible inset of osteoporosis. The fiber content in cruciferous vegetables is a great aid for digestion and helps combat constipation.

The red cabbage contains more antioxidants than the common green cabbage. If your not eating enough or any cabbage then you need to start even if its just for the health benefits alone.  PS it really does taste good as well, thats if you dont boil it for an hour like your mum did.

What Else Can You Serve Your Kebab Salad With

what to eat with your kebab salad

I like to use my kebab salad on my burgers. The crunchy fresh taste cuts through all the meat giving it a real contrast of texture. It is great served with any leftover meats, especially beef. When making my burgers for the kebab salad I use the Aldi Brioche Burger buns. Toasted of course as it keeps all the juices from making it to soggy to eat. I have recently been buying there frozen burgers as well. Very meaty a slight pepper taste but for the price they are fantastic. Especially when you have some caramelised shallots to go with it.

what to eat with your kebab salad

Other Great Recipes With Red Cabbage and White Cabbage

The easiest and classic recipe you can make with cabbage is of course coleslaw. The salads favourite accompaniment. Chopped and shredded cabbage all tossed into a bowl then mixed with your favourite sauce. I have had a few incarnations of slaws but they didn’t always go to plan. They always seemed a little watery after half a day in the fridge. Most coleslaw calls for a squeeze in the sauce and there lies the problem

So how do you make non watery coleslaw. Its very simple, all you need for the perfect coleslaw recipe is your chopped (use a gadget)cabbage red and white. Shredded carrot and onion, then add some seasoning, simple salt and pepper. Next you add equal measures of salad cream and mayonnaise. Yes all shop bought, you stir in the sauces into the cabbage, carrots and onions . Just add enough of the sauces so it coats all the cabbage and thats it

The salad cream and mayonnaise have the perfect ratio of acid in the sauce to help tenderise the raw cabbage and onions in the coleslaw. After all they are mass manufactured so they are bound to be right. Want to add a little more flavour then add a pinch of smoked paprika.

Other great Salad Ideas

Pico  De Gallo  the ultimate Mexican salsa. Simple made with a few ingredients but super tasty.

 

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Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils

Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils

Its Christmas and we have some good friends and  we never know what to buy them and this year was no different. We wanted to make it personal and  special.  Then we struck upon the idea of making something for them (when I said “we” it was me, the Mrs just supervised from a distance). They both enjoy their food and especially something with a little bit of heat in it. So Chilli Jam was decided along with a few other things

CHILLI JAM AND FLAVOURED OILS : THE JARS

When I first though of the idea of homemade foodie things I clearly wasn’t thinking straight. Because it then struck me what am I going to put all the homemade products in. Looked in the cupboard and we did have a few empty jam jars in there and some other suitable containers. However they just didn’t look like Christmas, plus I would not want them to think we were complete cheapskates. So of I went to the shops, I lost count of how many before I stumbled across Kilner Jars. Perfect, well I say perfect because I wasn’t even sure what I was going to make so I grabbed them with only half an idea of what the finished products were going to be.

chilli jam

Chilli, Lime Ginger, Lemon Grass, Smoked Garlic

 

CHILLI JAM AND FLAVOURED OILS : THE SHOP

So here I am in the supermarket still with no exact idea what I was going to make. I wondered around the fruit and veg and selected the items that looked fresh and appealing to the eyes. Smoked garlic, never had it before so that was definitely  coming home with me, Lemon grass, fresh ginger,lemon thyme and a few rosy red chilies. Oh nearly forgot some basic Olive Oil, plain of course as I was going to add the flavour myself. Labels Labels Labels, on the way out of the supermarket I walked past a craft shop and in the window were the perfect labels for my bottles, slate labels (well not real slate but the effect of.)

After scanning a few recipes online I had a basic idea of what I was going to make., I tend not to follow any exact recipes and just make them up and adapt them along the way, yes I do have the occasional disaster but that’s half the fun. So its decided 2 different oils and 2 preserve/pickle jam type thingy.

chilli Jam

Lemon Thyme

CHILLI JAM AND FLAVOURED OILS : SMOKED GARLIC OIL

Yes the first ingredient was the smoked garlic, bashed some chopped some, placed them in a pan and a bulb of the smoked garlic into the jar. What next, scanning the ingredients I picked up a chilli the lemon thyme, rosemary (from the garden) and a few dried chilli flakes as well. All in the pan and then I added the Olive Oil to the pan, enough to make sure it covered all the ingredients. Turn the heat on (low) and allow all the flavours to infuse.

Do NOT let the oil get to warm as it will cook and burn your bits. I left mine on for about 10 minutes which filled the kitchen with wonderful aromas. Allow the infused oil to cool before decanting into your bottle, then top up with plain Olive Oil. Oh remember to put all the bits of chilli, garlic,herbs into the jar as well. Put the lid on and just wait as long as you can before tasting.

 

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Smoked Garlic ,Lemon Thyme, Chill, Rosemary, Dried Chill Flakes

 

We did try some later on that night with some crusty bread and all I will say is I am making my own batch today “gorgeous”

CHILLI JAM AND FLAVOURED OILS : THAI OIL

As above, chopp up the lemon grass, (small piece in the jar) ginger, garlic and chilies into the pan. Next add the oil heat and infuse. More great aromas filling the kitchen.

chilli jam

chilli, dried chilli, peppers, roasted tomatoes

CHILLI JAM AND FLAVOURED OILS : CHILLI JAM

 

Chilli Jam, I have wanted to make chilli jam for ages but never got around to it and as a Christmas gift  its the perfect situation .I will experiment on my friends and if its any good then the accolade is all mine. The ingredients of course are chillies nice fresh red chillies, roasted tomatoes, red peppers, ginger, red wine vinegar and lots of sugar.

 

chilli jam with sugar

Plenty of sugar jam to ensure it sets

 

CHILLI JAM AND FLAVOURED OILS : LIME PICKLE

Never made this before and all the times I have tried it I didn’t like it, well except the once and I did really enjoy it. Well I wasn’t really making this for me and I know my friends (one of them ) like lime pickle so an attempt was to be made. Of course limes were cut and then salted, a little oil in the pan along with onion seeds, chopped chillies,

lime pickle with chilli jam

Onion Seeds, Chilli, Sugar, Limes, Ginger, Mustards Seeds, Cumin Seeds

 

Then all the ingredients into a pan cook for 15 to 20 minutes until all the flavours develop, allow to cool and then place into your jar, leave for a few days before eating. Beware it is a little hot and spicy. As a first attempt it wasn’t perfect so I need to follow a recipe or tweak my own a little.

Is it cheaper to make your own homemade foods for Christmas. No not really,  if you make it on a large scale it could be cheaper than the shop bought variety. The great thing about homemade is that its “homemade” and a personal. A very individual gift for individuals. You can also adjust the recipe to make it more of what you like.

Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils

Chilli Jam

Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils Its Christmas and we have some good friends and  we never know what to buy them and this year was no different. We wanted to… Homemade Chilli Jam And Flavoured Oils European Print This
Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 2 Fresh red chillies, (more if you like it hot)
  • Dried chillies (to add depth of flavour)
  • 3 Roasted tomatoes
  • 1 Red pepper (roast for extra flavour)
  • 1 thumb of Ginger
  • 250ml Red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 300g Sugar
  • Garlic

Instructions

Cut tomatoes into quarters, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper place in oven proof dish

You can also roast the red pepper if you wish

Roast tomatoes in the oven for around 30/40 minutes

Chop all the ingredients

Add to pan with red wine vinegar and sugar

Cook for 15/20 mins

Allow to cool then place into jars

The quantities are a rough guide to the recipe as its a matter of taste, add or takeaway any of the ingredients as its all a matter of taste.
Its simple just have a go

Great with kebabs & Kebab shop salad

Notes

Try different types of vinegars for different taste's. You can also add brown sugar instead of white. Try some dried chipotle chillis for real depth of flavour

Satisfaction guaranteed, a little hard work, a hot kitchen full of delicious smells  I cannot wait to make my next batch of homemade goodies and Chilli Jam

chilli jam Christmas presents

The End Result

Our good friends said they enjoyed what they had tasted.  That’s sealed the deal for Christmas for the next 20 years, homemade presents. Have you made your own Christmas presents for family and friends ? Please share yours, either if  you have made or received a personalized gift .

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