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Batch Cooking Recipes With Le Creuset

While we’re all spending so much time at home, you might be getting sick of the sight of your kitchen. Whether you’re working from home or attempting to entertain the kids all day, whipping up a 5-star-quality meal every night probably isn’t top of your agenda, often leaving us feeling uninspired when dinner time rolls around. But when the drive to put your chef’s hat on hits, batch cooking something to keep for later is a great way of making sure you have great homemade and healthy food, even when you can feel the local takeaway calling your name. Helping you cook more effectively and stock your freezer with a whole host of delicious, wholesome meals, we’ve paired up with Le Creuset to share our favourite batch cooking recipes. All of these batch cooking recipes will make 4-6 servings, perfect for feeding the family, and will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days as well as being freezer friendly. We’re getting hungry just writing this!

#1 Spicy Indian Chicken Tikka Masala with Trinidadian Doubles

chicken tikka recipe

A takeaway favourite with a homemade twist, this batch cooking dish is big on flavour while being easy on the effort. When all the ingredients are prepped, it’s simply a case of throwing it into your pot and letting it simmer away and tenderise. Level up the dish by trying your hand at making some Trinidadian doubles, a traditional flatbread used to scoop up all the flavour.

Preparation time: 10 minutes plus overnight marinating and 1 hour rising 

Cooking time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients

Doubles (Flatbread) 

350g flour

2 tablespoons turmeric

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried active yeast

250ml warm water

 

Tikka Masala

1.4kg chicken breasts

1 tablespoon tikka masala powder

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons chilli powder

2 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons salt

250g plain yoghurt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

Juice 1 lemon

1 medium white onion, diced 

1 medium red onion, diced 

3 tomatoes, diced 

2 bay leaves

2 chilli peppers

1 cup water

50g fresh coriander 

Vegetable oil (enough for deep frying)

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C / Fan 180°C / Gas Mark 6

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into medium sized cubes, then season with half of the salt, black pepper, minced garlic, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander, masala powder and yoghurt. Mix together well and then marinate over night in the fridge for best results.
  2. Prepare the doubles by adding the flour to a large mixing bowl with the turmeric, salt and dried active yeast then mix together.
  3. Gradually add warm water to the flour and knead until it forms a large dough ball. (The dough should be soft and sticky, so add more water or flour until it is right). Then cover with cling film and let it sit for one hour at room temperature or until doubled in size. 
  4. Add the vegetable oil to a pan. Place over a medium heat, and then add the onions and the remaining half of the minced garlic and sauté until soft. Add the rest of the turmeric, chilli powder, coriander, masala powder and add the 2 bay leaves and cook until brown. Then add the chopped tomatoes and cook until you make a thick paste.
  5. Add the marinated chicken breast to the pan with the other half of the yoghurt and mix into the sauce then put the lid on the pan and cook until the meat is almost tender, making sure you stir occasionally.
  6. Garnish with fresh coriander and set aside. 
  7. Finish by making the doubles, add a little vegetable oil to the risen dough and then break off the dough and roll into small balls. Carefully flatten the balls to form a medium circle shape. This will produce 8-10 medium sized doubles flatbreads.
  8. Add some vegetable oil to a deep fat fryer or a casserole and heat to around 180˚C and fry for 30 seconds. Once done place the doubles on a paper towel to drain.
  9. Serve the chicken tikka on top of the doubles and enjoy.

#2 Mac and Cheese 

mac and cheese recipe

 

A comfort food favourite that we could all do with right now. Mac and Cheese is sure to go down well with the whole family, so is a great batch cooking recipe to make and keep in the freezer. With added chorizo, sundried tomatoes and smoked cheese for a boost of favour, simply skip on the chorizo to make it veggie-friendly.

Preparation time: 20 minutes  

Cooking time: 25 minutes 

Ingredients

500g pasta

150g chorizo, diced

1 white onion, diced

150g sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped 

50g butter

4 heaped tablespoons plain flour 

1l milk 

100g mature cheddar, grated

200g smoked cheddar, grated

50g fresh breadcrumbs 

Method

Preheat oven to 200˚C/ Fan 180 ˚C/ Gas Mark 6

  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside. 
  2. Place your pan medium heat and add the chorizo. Fry for 4-5 minutes until the chorizo has released its oils and turned crispy. Spoon out 1/3 of the chorizo into a bowl and set aside for later. 
  3. Add the onion to the remaining chorizo and fry for a further 4-5 minutes until the onion starts to soften. Stir through the tomatoes and remove from the heat.
  4. In a clean saucepan, over a low to medium heat, melt the butter before sprinkling in the flour. Stirring continuously to ensure the flour does not burn, cook for 1 minute before gradually adding the milk. At this stage, you might want to swap the spoon for a silicone whisk to remove any lumps. Keep slowly stirring, adding the milk until you have used up all the milk and have a smooth glossy sauce. 
  5. Add the grated cheese to the sauce, stirring through to melt thoroughly. At this stage, the sauce will start to thicken although still a little loose, but the pasta will soon absorb it. Season to taste.
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the chorizo pan and stir all the ingredients together. Pour over the cheese sauce to coat all the pasta. Set aside whilst you make the crumb.
  7. Place the reserved chorizo in a blender along with the breadcrumbs and blitz until a crumb consistency is achieved. Pour the pasta into an oven dish and sprinkle the topping over the pasta before placing in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes. Finish with a sprinkling of roughly chopped parsley if you’re feeling fancy, and enjoy.

#3 Vegetable Sausage Ratatouille

ratatouille recipe

A super versatile recipe, you can either enjoy this one its own or chop finer and stir into pasta. Packed full of goodness, batch cooking ratatouille is as easy as chopping up some veg and letting the favours some to life. 

Ingredients

12 good-quality sausages

Oil, for frying

1 large onion, roughly diced

1 large garlic clove, crushed 

Sea salt 

2 large carrots, roughly chopped

2 peppers, roughly chopped

2 small courgettes, roughly chopped

150g chestnut mushrooms

1 tablespoon smoked paprika 

2 teaspoons sun-dried tomato purée 

1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs 

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tins of chopped tomatoes, approximately 800g in total 

Sea salt and cracked black pepper 

Method

  1. Place a pan over medium heat on the hob. Prick the sausages and place in the pan along with a dash of oil. Brown the sausages for 2 to 3 minutes. Set the sausages aside on a plate until later.
  2. Add a little more oil to the pan and sauté the onion for 3 to 4 minutes until starting to soften and caramelise. Add the garlic along with a generous pinch of salt and continue to fry for a further minute. 
  3. Add the carrots, peppers, courgettes and mushrooms to the pan and continue to fry gently over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes before adding the paprika. Fry for a further minute stirring to ensure the spice doesn’t burn. Then add the tomato purée, herbs and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Tip in the tomatoes along with another 2½ cans of water and bring the pan up to a boil. Return the sausages to the pan, lower the heat and allow it to gently simmer for 40 to 45 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste and serve.

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Written by Lucy Harbron



Lucy Harbron

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