#ChristmasScraps – The cheese board 2

Cheese, bacon & cucumber roll

Cheese, bacon & cucumber roll

Cheese & bacon spring rolls

(With a tomato dip)

Ingredients:

  • For 8 sticks
  • 50g mix cheese – Leftover
  • 50g cucumber – leftover
  • 2 bacon slices – leftover
  • Tomato sauce
  • 8 filo pastry sheet – leftovers
  • Frying oil

Total spend: £0

Method:

Cut 8 sticks of cucumber, they should be about 7-8 cm long and about 1cm thick. Cut the cheese sticks to match the size of the cucumber… you might have to patch it up as you are using leftovers cheeses. Cut the bacon of the same length.

Take 2 sheets of filo, lay them flat and cut in 2 width ways.
Keep the halves doubled up. On one set, spread a bit of tomato sauce and place on it 1 stick of cheese, 1 stick of cucumber and one slice of bacon. Now fold over both ends of the pastry like a blanket, as on the pictures, then roll tightly. When you reach the end, dab with a lick of sauce to seal. Then hold with tooth pick until it’s time to fry.

Repeat all the above until all the rolls are done. Fry as soon as possible as filo pastry dries up very quick if left uncovered.

These are being deep fired, so, heat the oil very hot, the rolls should rise to the top as soon as they are dropped into the oil.

Fry the rolls for 3-4 minutes turning them to make sure that they are fried on all sides. Remove from the pan and place on absorbing paper. Repeat until all is done.

Serve with a tomato dip. If you intend to reheat the rolls, do it in the oven rather than the microwave.

Serving suggestion

Serving suggestion

It is better to reheat rather that fry later as the filo sheets are very fragile. Keep the out of their packet and they will dry up, roll damp ingredients in them and they will rip…

Handle them with care.

 

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#Whats4Lunch – The hot combos 3

Potato, beans, cheese 1

Potato, beans, cheese 1

Baked potato & beans (total cost 68p)

 Ingredients:

Potato, beans, cheese 2

Potato, beans, cheese 2

  • 1 baked potato – 50p
  • Baked beans – 8p (the tin cost 32p and contains 4 servings)
  • Black pepper
  • Grated mild cheddar – 10p

Method:

Potato, beans, cheese 3

Potato, beans, cheese 3

Any type of left over potato can be used this way. If you’ve got some left over roast vegetables, potatoes or parsnips from a previous meal, just use it to recreate this dish… If you didn’t enjoy it, just don’t try it again… Either way, you have to eat… and if on a budget you use what you find and make it work.

For this meal, I had a baked potato which place in my trusted lunch

Potato, beans, cheese 4

Potato, beans, cheese 4

box. I then topped it with a tablespoon of grated cheese, then the beans and more cheese. I added freshly grinded black pepper and thyme from my balcony.

At lunch time, all I have to do is place the lunch box slightly ajar in the microwave at work for 5 full minutes, then transfer in my plate… Done and tasty!

Potato, beans, cheese 5

Potato, beans, cheese 5

Potato, beans, cheese 6

Potato, beans, cheese 6

Up next, my vegan hot dish.