Celebrity Maltese Chefs

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.

Lemon and Irkotta Linguine

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Follow the instructions on the packet to cook the pasta. Reserve a cup of the pasta water when you drain the pasta. Place the ricotta, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, half the pasta water and grated pecorino in a large bowl. Use an electric blender to combine all the ingredients together until it forms a smooth paste. Heat the rest of the olive oil on medium heat in a large flat saucepan. Add the blended ricotta mix. Add the linguine and stir gently, then add the pasta water little by little until the consistency of the sauce is creamy and coats the pasta. Add the rocket leaves and garnish with Pekorin cheese, pepper and lemon segments. Serve immediately.

Focaccia without Yeast

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Preheat the oven to 200C. Brush a baking tray lightly with olive oil. Sieve the flour twice into a large bowl, add the bicarbonate of soda and olive oil .Make a well in the centre and pour in the yogurt. Keep your hand stiff and your fingers spread out like a claw and start to mix the yogurt into the flour using a slow and firm circular motion. Keep mixing like this until you have soft dough. Do not knead or rub in but very gently bring it together. Transfer the dough into an oiled baking dish and spread it out by tapping it gently with your fingers. Brush the top with some more olive oil. Make dimples all over on the surface of the dough with your fingertips or use the end of a wooden spoon. Push a small piece of olive, caper, tomato and herbs into each dimple. Then drizzle over the rest of the olive oil and spread with a brush. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 220 C until the bread is golden on the top and bottom, then reduce the heat to 200 and leave for another 10 minutes. Remove the focaccia from the oven and while it is still hot, brush with a little more olive oil over the top and allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Gozitan Ftira

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Gozitan ftira is a traditional dish resembling a pizza, mainly popular in Malta’s sister island Gozo. This is a specialty enjoyed by most Maltese and foreign tourists when visiting Gozo. A versatile recipe which can easily be prepared at home.

Chickpea Salad

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Boil 2 eggs for 10 minutes and let cool. In the meantime, drain and wash 2 cans of chickpeas and

Healthy Quinoa Salad

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A quick and healthy salad which is can be served on its own or else as a side dish.

Wash all the vegetables. Slice the cucumber and the red and yellow peppers and quarter the tomatoes. In a large mixing bowl, add the vegetables and the Mayor Quinoa and mix well. Drizzle some olive oil, some Pinto’s Pride Garlic sauce and a squeeze of lemon. Grind some pepper.

Quick Pasta Salad

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A quick, easy to make and super delicious pasta salad.

Cook the pasta according to the packet’s direction, drain and add to a large bowl. Let cool down. Add the Stukku basil, some chopped Sundried tomatoes and some pitted olives. Add some Pekorin shavings.

Quick Potato Salad

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the potatoes and cook until tender. Whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic and a good pinch of seasoning. 

Drain and steam-dry the potatoes. Tip it and the potatoes into a serving bowl. Add the paprika and the onion. Pour over the dressing. Toss well. Will keep for two days. Ideal for bbq’s.