Are you tired of always eating Pilcahrds Tin fish with rice or pap, there are over hundreds of recipes you can prepare with Pilchards. Here are few easy recipes you can try at home:
1. Classic Pilchards Burger with atchar
I bet no one ever thought of this combination before but mixing the right ingredients will give your burger the perfect taste to it.
400g Luck star Pilchards in Tomato Sauce
1 medium red onion, cut in half
410 baked beans in Tomato sauce (drained)
60ml chopped fresh coriander
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 large burger rolls
20ml (4tsp) mayonnaise
1 medium tomato, sliced
100g mild atchar
1. Drain the Pilcahrds and reserve the sauce
2. Chop half of onion fine and cut remaining onion into slices
3. Mix pilchards, beans, chopped onion, coriander and seasoning together. Mix all ingredients well. Add reserved sauce to bind mixture. Divide in four and press to shape patties.
4. Cut the burger rolls in half and spread mayonnaise onto the base.
5. Layer each base with lettuce leaves, onion slices, tomato slices and pilchard patty. Top each with a heaped spoonful of atchar.
6. Close with remaining bun and serve with any chips or crisps.
2. Spicy Pilchard Bunny Chow
Rather than have a bunny chow with chips, steak and Russians here's a different twist you can try out at home.
400g Luck star Pilchards in Hot Chilli
Oil for frying
2 onions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp crushed garlic
1 tsp mild curry powder
1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
Salt and black pepper, to season
For the bread loaves:
1kg store bought bread dough
1 egg beaten
Sliced green chillies (optional)
1. Drain the pilchards, reserving the sauce. Break the pilchards up into large chunks.
2. Heat the oil in a non stick pan and fry the onions and garlic until golden, then add the curry powder and fry for 1 - 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Stir in the sauce from the can of pilchards, cover and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, until the liquid is thick and saucy.
4. Add the pilchards to the sauce and heat through. Remove from the heat.
For the bread loaves
1 . Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Remove the labels and grease 4 clean pilchard cans and fill each halfway with bread dough.
3. Brush the tops of the dough with beaten egg and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown
4. Leave to cool on a wire rack
1. Slice of the tops of the bread loaves. Hollow out some of the bread( save this for dipping) and spoon in the pilchard curry.
2. Top with a dollop of plain yogurt, sprinkle over fresh coriander, serve alongside sambal and enjoy.
3. Pilchard and Bean Wrap
If you thought wraps are only delicious with steak or chicken then you wrong because wraps are also delicious with pilchard.
400g Luck star Pilchards in Tomato Sauce
Cooking oil for frying
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 red pepper, seeded and sliced
2 fresh red chillies, seeded and finely sliced
1/2 of 400g can red kidney beans, drained
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
60ml 1/4cup chopped fresh coriander or parsley
225g tub fat free smooth cottage cheese
4 × low GI whole wheat wraps
1. Drain the pilchards and reserve the sauce. Heat the oil in a shallow saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic until soft and golden.
2. Add the red pepper and chillies and fry for 1 - 2 minutes
3. Add the beans and pilchards, stir well and heat through. Season with pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the coriander or parsley.
4. Mix together the tomato sauce from the pilchards and the cottage cheese. Lay the wraps on a wooden board, dollop cottage cheese on the wraps and pile the warm pilchards on top. Roll up and serve immediately.
4. Luck Star Pilchard Pizza
Pizza has been the one delicacy that people can't get enough of and has been there for centuries now so how about trying it with Pilchard.
400g lucky star pilchards in Tomato sauce
Drained and reserve sauce
60ml 1/4 cup tomato puree
30ml chopped fresh basil
4 x 15cm ready made pizza bases
100g (1cup) grated mozzarella cheese
120g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
Rocket or basil leaves for garnishing
1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut the pilchard in half lengthwise and set aside.
2. Combine the tomato puree with the reserved pilchard sauce and chopped basil.
3. Mix Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese and sprinkle half over tomato sauce base.
4. Arrange tomatoes, halved pilchards and sliced mixed peppers over cheese and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
5. Place pizzas onto a lightly greased oven tray and bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling.
6. Top with rocket leaves and serve immediately.
5. Quick stew with Dumplings
Dumplings can be considered an African cuisine and goes well with pretty much every dish you could be serving.
For the stew:
3 tbsp oil
1 Onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2tsp curry powder
1 tin chopped tomatoes (410g)
1 tin (400g) Lucky Star Pilchards in Tomato Sauce
Salt and pepper to season
For the dumplings:
2 tins self raising flour
3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1 tin double cream plain yogurt
Freshly chopped parsley
1. Heat oil in a large pot and fry onions and garlic until softened and translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened as well. Stir in the curry powder and fry until fragrant.
2. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes
3. Pour pilchards and sauce from tin into stew. Season to taste with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer.
4. While the stew is simmering, make the dumpling dough. Stir the self raising flour, parsley and a pinch of salt in a large bowl to combine.
5. Measure 1 tin of yogurt and stir this into the flour mixture to foam a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until soft and smooth.
6. Allow the stew to simmer gently and the dumplings to steam for about 25 minutes, until the dough has puffed up and the dumplings are cooked through.
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