Celebrity Maltese Chefs and Recipe Enthusiasts

Anton Dougall

Renowned Maltese Chef Anton B Dougall has been on the culinary scene since the early 70’s. He was one of the first pioneers in the local scene to create a cooking club “Klabb tat-Tisjir”, which is still very active till today. With his monthly recipe cards, numerous cooking books and television exposure, Mr Dougall has revolutionized Malta’s cooking by documenting both traditional recipes and also creating innovative ones using quality local ingredients.

Anton B. Dougall has been an avid chef for over 50 years and his contributions to the Malta’s cooking culture should be highly merited.

Swordfish with a caper and olive sa...

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Add some salt and pepper on the fish. Peel and chop the garlic. Warm some olive oil in a pan and cook the garlic and onions while mixing all the time. Add the mint and look for around 1 minutes for flavours to infuse. Add the jar of tomatoes, wine, Kunserva and lemon rind. Simmer on low flame for around 30 minutes. In the meantime, heat a nonstick pan and cook the fish from both sides. Add the capers and olives and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve the fish with sauce.

White Bait Patties

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Clean the fish very well and roughly chop or press and set aside in a bowl. Peel and chop the garlic in small pieces. Finely chop the tomatoes and add to the fish along with the garlic. Add the parsley, mint and lemon rind. Mix well. Add the ready mashed potatoes, eggs, salt and pepper. Add some semolina if mixture is too sticky. Form small balls and lightly flat by hand. Pass the patties from some flour. Warm some vegetable oil in a deep pan and cook the patties from both sides until well cooked. When cooked, place on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Serve warm with some fresh salad and some tartar sauce.

Leek & Potato Soup

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Clean and slice the leeks and the potatoes in small pieces. In a large pan, melt the margarine and cook the leeks for around 7 minutes. Add the potatoes and lower the flame and close lid for another further 3 minutes. Add the stock and bouquet garni and simmer on low flame until potatoes are well cooked. Blend everything with a hand processer. Serve hot with some parsley on top.

Red wine poached Pears for Diabetic...

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Peel the pears and slice the bottom part so that the fruit can stand. Place in a small pan and add the wine and the cloves. Top up with the water enough that the pears are submerged in liquid. Place on low flame and simmer until pears are cooked. When ready, place in a separate dish. The fruit can be eaten warm as well as cold. Great to be served with some light yogurt.

Small Party Sanwiches

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Chicken Filling – Cook some chicken breast and cut into small pieces. Add some mayonnaise, some soft cheese, fresh parsley, salt and pepper and mix well.

Tuna – Drain 2 large cans of tuna. Place in a food processer with a small onion, one garlic clove and a ¼ of a green pepper. Blend well. If need you may add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Olive and Feta Cheese – in a blender add 6 tbsp Three Hills Kunserva, 50g black olives, 30g capers and 50g feta cheese. Blend well. You may add some olive oil, or preferably extra virgin olive oil.

Grissini Sticks with Parma Ham

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This is a super easy recipe and it look nice 😉However it is important that the grissini sticks are long and not broken. Also, choose good quality Italian ham known as Parma ham.

Slice each piece of ham in half and rotate it around the grissini stick. Be careful not to break any.

Focaccia Dough

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Sift the flour in a large bowl, add the salt, sugar and yeast and amalgamate together well. Add the milk to the mixture. For best results, make sure the milk is warm, not hot! Knead the pastry dough well enough to get a highly smooth texture, and form into a ball. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Leave the bowl in a warm place and allow to rest for around 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Sprinkle some flour on a smooth clean surface. Knead the dough again with the palm of your hand and place again In the bowl. Cover again with the damp cloth and place in a warm place until it rises again. The rising process takes less time this time but this step will reduce the taste of the yeast. At this stage you may freeze the focaccia dough in a plastic bag, compressing it as much as possible and place in freezer. The dough will freeze well for up to 3 months. This recipe will produce approx. 800g of dough. Before cooking top up with your favourite toppings.

Stuffed Pasta with Irkotta and Spin...

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Heat the oven to a temperature of 1800C, gas number 4. In a bowl, mix well the Irkotta until very creamy. Add the grated cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix well together. Roughtly cut the cooked spinach leaves and add to the irkotta mixture. Add the beaten eggs and mix. Fill each pasta shell and set aside. Bring 1 large pot to a boil. Cover the sides of all pasta shells with the semolina and very gently add the past shells. The semolina is done in order to prevent the cheese mixture from coming out of the pasta shells. Leave the pasta ‘al dente’, it must not be fully cooked. In a separate oven dish, add the tomato sauce and gently add the pasta shells next to each other making sure the cheese area is looking upwards. Sprinkle the grated cheese, some salt and pepper and let cook for around 20 minutes. Serve hot.