Pancetta and roast shallot stuffed ...

Up to two days ahead, season the bird all over with flaky sea salt – inside and out and under the skin. Leave the turkey in the tin, breast-side up, and put in the fridge for up to two days; the longer you salt it, the more succulent it will be.

Stuffed Aubergines

Cut the aubergines in half and boil them until tender. Remove the aubergine’s flesh and set aside.

For the filling:
In a pan fry the onion with some oil. Add the minced beef. When the mince meat browns, add the Three Hills Kunserva ,the Mayor Polpa, a pinch of curry, mixed spice, salt and pepper. Simmer for around 7 minutes until the sauce thickens.

In the meantime, chop the flesh of the aubergines, removing the seeds and add to the sauce combining well.

Add the corned beef and the beaten eggs and some of the grated Hanini Ġibniet Nixfin and mix well.

Fill the aubergine halves with the filling and put some grated Hanini Ġibniet nixfin on top . Place the 4 halves in an oven-proof dish, put some water and oil in the dish and cook them for 20 minutes in the oven. Enjoy!  Recipe & photo by Joanne Chetcuti

Baked Rice

For the sauce – Fry the onion and garlic. Then add the minced beef followed by Mayor Tomato Pulp and Three Hills Kunserva. Add the wine and season with salt and pepper. In the meantime, cook the rice and once done drain well and let to cool in a bowl. Mix the cooked rice with the sauce along with some grated Hanini Gibniet Nixfin and place in a lightly greased dish. Put some more grated Hanini Gibniet Nixfin on top and finish of with some fresh parsley. Place in the oven and cook for around 35 minutes until the cheese at the top melts and starts browning.

Recipe by Joanne Debono Briffa.

Traditional Balbuljata

In a pan, lightly fry the onions with the 2 spices and pepper. When soft, add the Mayor Sugo and let simmer for around 15 minutes. After add the beaten eggs and the grated cheese. Serve with Maltese bread.

Stuffed Marrows

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion, garlic and 2 tsp of the herbs for 3 mins until soft. Add the beef mince and brown all over, then add the Mayor Polpa Fina and cook for another further 5 minutes. Half the marrows in 2 portions and scoop out the inside of the marrow place in a baking dish. Spoon the mince into the middle of each marrow slice, then spoon the rest over the top. Cover with foil  and bake for 30 mins. Meanwhile, mix remaining herbs and grate Hanini Pekorin mature. Remove the marrow from the oven, uncover and sprinkle over the mixture. Return to the oven for 10 mins more until marrow is tender and cheese melted.


In a pan, fry the onion and garlic and then add the diced carrots and bacon strips and let cook until soft. Add the minced meat, the Worcester sauce, curry powder and some pepper. Cook until the meat is well cooked. Add the tomato juices and Mayor Bolognese Sauce and let simmer for around 20 minutes on low flame.

Rabbit Stew

In a frying pan heat the oil and cook the rabbit, browning each piece on both sides. Transfer the rabbit pieces to a deep pot, add half of the wine and simmer until wine is reduced. Add the onions, spices and Pinto’s Pride Garlic Sauce and cook until onion is soft. Add the Three Hills Kunserva, Mayor Polpa and rest of red wine. Simmer on low flame for around 1 hour or until rabbit is tender.

Spinach Pie

Cooking the spinach in boiling water for 1 minute until it slightly wilts. Drain and squeeze to remove excess water and finely chop it. In a large frying pan heat the oil and fry the onion. Add the garlic and spinach and cook until all ingredients are tender. In a bowl, mix the Ħanini Irkotta with the eggs and add the spinach mix. Halve the pastry and line a greased oven dish. Pour the mixture into the dish and cover with the rest of the pastry. Bake in hot oven for 45 minutes in a 200°C hot oven.