Celebrity Maltese Chefs

Prawn Avocado

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If using frozen prawns, allow the prawns to defrost first! In a frying pan, heat the oil and add the prawns and garlic. Lightly pan fry them for a few minutes. Remove the prawns from the pan and place them on kitchen paper so that the oil is absorbed from them. Wash the avocados and cut vertically through the middle. Remove the stone. Spoon out the avocados and leave the shells intact. Place the avocados in a bowl and cut into small pieces. Add the prawns and mayonnaise, season and add the lemon zest. Mix well. Optional you may also season with pink peppercorns or paprika. Spoon the mixture into the avocado shells. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pilot fish in tomato sauce

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In a large flat plate or container put some flour and coat the fish with the flour all over. In a large frying pan fry the fish, turning occasionally, until they turn golden all over. Remove the fish and place on a plate with kitchen paper so that it absorbs the oil. Add the Mayor Polpa.  Wipe the frying pan you used to cook the fish and add some more olive oil. Pan fry the garlic and onions until the garlic starts to brown and the onions turn translucent. Add the Three Hills Kunserva and mix together with the onion mixture. Add the tomatoes and mix well. Reduce the heat and continue cooking for around 30 minutes, occasionally stirring. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Add the capers to the sauce and stir in. Season to taste. Place the fish in an oven proof dish and cover with the tomato sauce. Place in the oven and cook for around 40 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and vegetables of your choice.

Chicken and Vegetable Risotto

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In a large, deep frying pan heat up the oil and gently fry the onions and garlic while stirring constantly. Lower the heat and add the peppers and mushroom and fry for a few minutes. Add the chicken pieces and continue cooking the mixture together untill the chicken is cooked all over.

Add the rice and mix well with the ingredients, on low heat, stir well and continue cooking for around 6 minutes until the rice is coated all over and turns transluscent. Add the Pinto’s Pride Chicken Spoon Stock a little bit at a time. Stir constantly. When the stock is absorbed add more stock, always a little at a time. Keep on adding stock until the rice is done. You might not need to use all the stock or you might need more liquid for the rice to be ready – if you need to add more liquid add some hot water, not cold water, as this will otherwise effect the rice. Towards the end of the cooking, add the Mayor Peas.

When the rice is cooked and the mixture is well amalgamated, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Homemade Chicken Pie

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Clean the leeks and chop into medium sized pieces. Remove the rind of the bacon and chop into small to medium sized pieces. Cut the chicken breast into small to medium sized pieces too.  Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5. In a frying pan melt the margarine and gently fry the bacon and the leeks together, making sure that the leeks do not burn. When the bacon is cooked through, add the chicken and continue frying, stirring continuously, until the chicken is browned all over. Reduce the heat to a very low flame and add the flour, mixing the mixture well. Gradually add the Pinto’s Pride Chicken Spoon Stock whilst stirring. Season to taste. Give the mixture one last stir and remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

In the meantime grease, a round oven-proof dish of diameter 23cm, with a little bit of oil and dust it with flour or more conveniently use baking paper to line the dish. If using baking paper, lightly wet the paper and squeeze off any excess water, before placing it on the dish so that it remains in place.


Lightly dust your kitchen top with flour and roll out half of the pastry in a circular shape. Line the bottom of your oven dish with the pastry. Fill the pastry with the cold chicken mixture.

Roll out the second half of your pastry and place over the pie filling. Gently press the top pastry to the bottom pastry with the end of a fork to seal your pie. Trim off any excess pastry on the outside of your oven dish. Baste the pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle the pastry with sesame seeds (if using). Prick the top of the pastry with the fork so that any excess steam can escape from inside the pie, allowing the pastry to crisp up. Bake in the oven for around 30-40 minutes or until you see that the top of the pastry has turned golden all over. Allow to cool before removing the pastry from the dish. Serve with vegetables or  salad.


Note: you may add 200g chopped mushrooms to the chicken mixture if you like.

Broccoli and mint soup with fresh H...

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Broccoli and mint soup with fresh Hanini Cheeselet recipe

Rubbed fillet of pork on a grilled ...

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Mix together the cumin, paprika, mixed spice, ginger and rub well all over the pork fillet. Heat a griddle pan with a little oil and seal the pork all over. Transfer onto an oven dish and continue to cook to your liking to a core temperature of 68C. In the same pan, grill the aubergine slices and season well with alt and pepper. Add the crushed garlic to the pan and sauté on low heat until slightly  browned. Add in the Mayor Tomatoes with white sauce and sprinkled Parmesan in between. Finish with the tomato cream and cheese on top and grill in the oven until lightly browned. Serve the parmigiana with the sliced pork fillet on top and rocket leaves.

Penne with Maltese Sausage

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Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water following the instructions on the pasta packet. Remove the skin from the Maltese sausage and chop roughly. In a saucepan, heat up the olive oil and cook the garlic and onions on gentle heat. Add the sausage meat and cook. Add the Pelati and keep stirring until it is heated through. Add the wine and a few drops of Hot Pepper Sauce and carry on cooking on low heat for 20 minutes until the liquid reduces. Remove from heat, add the rocket leaves and stir. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Add the cream and stir to blend in well. Garnish with some more rocket leaves. Serve and finish off with freshly ground pepper and a tablespoon of grated Hanini cheeselet.

Widow’s Soup

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Wash, peel and cut all the vegetables in very small pieces. Place them in different bowls. Empty the Mayor Diced onions in a large