Hi there! I’m Chrissy Dupé from Little food blog. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband Tony and our Toy Cavoodle, Boris. We love food. And I always want to try a bite of everything. It’s just the worst when you order a meal then get food envy when the other dishes come out. First world problem? Absolutely. But a problem, nonetheless. I believe if you eat small you can have it all, so I created Little food blog – a website for home cooks that’s full of little recipes with big flavour.
When BHG asked me to put my spin on one of their recipes I was super excited. But naturally, I couldn’t choose just one. So I decided to make one savoury and one sweet dish and shrink them down to make a cute little two-course brunch menu.
First up, the classic creamy mac and cheese.
I have a confession to make… I’ve never actually had it before (crazy, I know!). It’s not really something that’s on a lot of menus in Australia. But I do love cheese and I do love pasta (who doesn’t?). My husband also loves sport. It’s off-season for Aussie football at the moment and he’s been glued to the American NFL playoffs (he’s a Bengals fan). So I thought it was rather appropriate to make an American classic for his game day celebrations.
I decided to put a Little food blog spin on it by turning it into Fried Mac and Cheese Balls with Chorizo. I love this idea cause it adds a lovely crunchy texture on top of the creamy, cheesy goodness. Plus you can just use your leftover mac n cheese (assuming you have any left… this stuff is good).
When making the Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe, I added two chorizo sausages, finely chopped and pan-fried. Plus 1/4 tsp of paprika, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a handful of chopped parsley. Side note: I couldn’t find any of the three different kinds of cheeses listed in the BHG recipe in Australia, so I had to improvise.
Once cooked, I cooled the mixture for a couple of hours, rolled it into 1/4 cup size balls, dipped them in an egg wash made from two eggs whisked with two tablespoons of milk, then rolled them in a mix of half regular and half panko bread crumbs (one cup of each). I then deep-fried them in vegetable oil at 180°C (350°F) for three minutes each side until golden (you could also use 2 inches of oil in a deep skillet), and served them with tomato relish.
For the second course, I chose BHG’s Gingerbread pear muffins. I’m a massive fan of anything that involves gingerbread. And ginger, pear and chocolate is a killer combination. So I brunched it up a little by turning it into a little gingerbread pear skillet hotcake.
I didn’t change BHG’s recipe much. I just added an extra egg to make the mixture more hotcake-y and finished it off with the delicious chocolate sauce and a dollop of whipped créme fraîche.
And there you have it – a tasty little two-course brunch menu for the weekend, and no agonising decision between sweet and savoury. Thanks BHG! And go the Broncos!