Delightful Spicy Turkey Meatball Marinara Sandwich on a Brioche Bun with Swiss Cheese & Butternut Squash Fries

   

This is just 10pp or 6pp on F&H. Turkey mince is a lot lower in propoints than regular 5% fat beef mince & is lighter in flavour so it lends itself well to a more delicate seasoning. I fancied a change from pasta & meatballs and these brioche burger buns & rolls are my new obsession at just 4pp each, why eat something you don’t like just to shave a point off? Go for the nice 4pp roll is what I say! This is still only 10 propoints anyway as it uses the light turkey mince. The swiss cheese adds a delicate creamy element & I’ve served it with crisp sweet butternut squash fries too. I really hope you enjoy this as much as I did!   For the Meatballs: 

500g Turkey Mince 

2 Slices of F&H approved Wholemeal Bread diced small (I used Brennans bgood)

A Dash of Skimmed Milk

1 Clove Garlic Crushed 

2 Shallots Finely Diced 

1 Tsp Dried Parsley

1/2 Tsp Dried Red Chilli Flakes 

1 Small Handul Chopped Fresh Basil

Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper 

For the Butternut Squash Fries:

1 Butternut Squash Peeled

Sprayoil 

For the Marinara Sauce:

2 Shallots Finely Diced 

500g Passata

1 Clove Garlic Crushed

1 Tbsp Tomatoe Purée 

1/2 Tsp Sweetener 

1 Tsp Dried Parsley 

1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano 

To Serve:

1 Slice Swiss Cheese 

1 Aldi Brioche Hotdog Roll

A Sprig of Fresh Basil  Preheat your oven to 200c. Cut your peeled Butternut Squash into chip shapes & spray well with oil. Place in the hot oven for 15 minutes, remove for 15 minutes & return to the oven for 20 minutes. Meanwhile pour a dash of skimmed milk into a small bowl & add the bread cubes & coat well allow to soak in the milk for a few minutes this keeps the meatballs moist during cooking as turkey has a tendency to dry out while cooking this will ensure it makes nice & juicy meatballs. After a few minutes squeeze out any excess milk with your hands & crumble the bread pieces into a large bowl with the remaining meatball ingredients. Mix well with a light hand taking care not to squash & condense the meat too much or your meatballs will be dense instead of light yummy morsels. Shape into 16 meatballs and place on a baking tray or in an ovenproof tin sprayed with sprayoil. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. To make the Marinara Sauce, fry the shallots over a medium heat in a saucepan sprayed with sprayoil for about 3 minutes add in the crushed garlic & cook for a further 30 seconds. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients & simmer over a medium heat until needed. Heat your brioche bun if desired & add the slice of swiss cheese, add the meatballs to ghe sauce & serve 4 meatballs per person in the brioche roll topped with a sprig of fresh basil & the butternut squash fries on tbe side. Dig in & enjoy!

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Bratwurst Hotdog on a Brioche Bun with Spicy Sweet Potato Skinny Fries

Hot Diggity Dog! If you have lil ‘uns in the house you’ll know the hotdog song off by heart, you probably sing it in your sleep if you’re anything like me! Anyway I suppose I had hotdogs on the brain (thanks Mickey Mouse) so here is my humble contribution to the cause. Only 11pp & just 7pp on F&H, yummy in my tummy!  These ingredients are per serving as these would be perfect to pop on the BBQ in the Summer so adjust according to how many people you’re feeding.
1 bratwurst (I used Aldi at 3pp each)

1 Brioche Hotdog Bun (Also Aldi 4pp same as the burger buns I put up a few weeks ago)

2 Radishes 

2 Pickles

1/4 Red Onion

Medium chunk of Cucumber 

2 Gem Lettuce Leaves

A Drizzle of Ketchup & American Yellow Mustard

150g Sweet Potato 

1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika 

1/4 tsp Garlic Granules

Salt & Pepper  

Preheat your oven to 220c & cut the sweet potato into skinny fries. Spray them with sprayoil & pop them in a bowl with the paprika & garlic granules, season with salt and pepper & coat the fries well. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper & cook for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through. Meanwhile chop all your salad vegetables. Cook the bratwurst according to instructions (namely microwave covered for 30 seconds) then pop them onto a hot sprayed griddle pan or onto the Barbeque until slightly charred (a few minutes each side) toast the brioche bun if desired. Lay the bratwurst onto the gem lettuce in the bun & adorn with all your chosen vegetables. Drizzle with Ketchup & Mustard & Serve with the hot fries. Enjoy!   

Smokey BBQ Cheese & Bacon Burger with Spicy Mayo & Caramelised Balsamic Onions Served on a Lightly Toasted Brioche Bun with Pickles & Homemade Fries

  Phew! Get your mouth around that! The name & the burger! There are days when I seem to use my points quickly & they’re nearly all gone by lunch, then there are other days when I’ve barely used any points come dinnertime, well today was one of those days and I haven’t really felt like eating that much the last few days after being in pain with my back but following a visit to the chiropractor earlier today I’m feeling a good bit better & I’m making up for it with Dinner. This makes 4 Burgers & it’s 14pp including the fries. I hope you enjoy!   For the Caramelised Balsamic Onions:

3 Onions Sliced

A Splash of Balsamic Vinegar

Start making the onions first thing as they take a while to cook, the longer the better. Place the sliced onions in a pan sprayed with sprayoil over a very low heat & cook slowly for at least 25 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally until the onion has gone very soft & is browning. Add in a splash of Balsamic Vinegar for the last 10 minutes of cooking time.  For the Homemade Fries:

600g (150g per person) potatoes cut into chips.

Sprayoil

Place the chipped Potatoes on a plate & microwave for 3 minutes. Spray well with sprayoil & place in a preheated oven at 200c for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned & cooked through.  For the Smokey BBQ Burgers:

450g Steak Mince (5% Fat)

1 Red Onion Finely Diced 

1/8th of a tsp of Mustard

1 tsp Dried Oregano 

1 tsp BBQ Seasoning 

A Sprinkle of Garlic Granules

A Sprinkle of Smoked Paprika 

A Splash of Worcestershire Sauce

Small Handful of Fresh Parsley 

Salt & Pepper

Mix all the Ingredients well but lightly in a large bowl & shape them, lightly pressing the mixture into 4 equal size burger patties. Cook on a preheated griddle pan sprayed with sprayoil for approximately 8 to 10 minutes a side until fully cooked through. 

For the Spicy Mayonnaise:

3 Tbsp lighter than light mayo

1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup 

1/4 of a tsp of Smoked Paprika 

Mix well in a small bowl until smooth & refrigerate until needed.

To Serve:

4 Brioche Burger Buns 

4 Light Cheese Slices

8 Fat Free Bacon Medallions Fried

Pickles Sliced

Place the Brioche Buns in the Oven for a minute or so with a cheese slice on each lid. Place pickles on the bun base, layer burger on top with bacon, caramelised onions, spicy mayo & top with the cheesy bun lid. Secure with a bamboo skewer to hold it in place. Serve with the hot Homemade Fries with Salt & Vinegar & Enjoy!