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Fake Aways: How To Make Take-Out Favourites at HomeOrdering a takeaway then kicking back in front of X-Factor/I’m A Celebrity/Match of The Day (delete as applicable) is a Saturday night ritual for hundreds of thousands of people across the country each week. However, whilst it seems that Britain is in love with delicious, speedily delivered delicacies from across the world, the costly pricetag makes many feel guilty about reaching for the cluster of takeaway menus that everyone keeps in the kitchen drawer. If that sounds like you then read on as we’re about to tell you how you can quickly and economically prepare three healthier takeaway favourites right there in your own home…
Serrano Ham & Mushroom PizzaThere’s nothing better than sharing a vast, cheese-slathered pizza with friends or loved ones but even that isn’t always enough to justify the astronomical prices that leading exponents of takeaway pizzas charge. Scrimp on price but not on taste by following our recipe for delicious Serrano Ham & Mushroom Pizza!
- Mix the pizza base mix with water together in a large bowl, to make dough. You can do this by hand or save time by using the .
- Place the dough mix on a floured surface and knead with your hands for around 5 minutes until smooth.
- Cut into 2 sausage-like pieces then roll out on a floured surface to form circles 18cm.
- Place on a baking sheet and leave in a warm place for 10 mins to settle. Whilst you’re waiting preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Next, spoon the pasta sauce onto the pizzas then spread out, leaving a 1cm border around the edge of each. The solid spoon that comes in the Tower Cerasafe Utensil Set and Carousel comes in handy here.
- Scatter the mozzarella on to the bases and top with ham and mushrooms.
- Sprinkle a little oregano over the lot and then use a teaspoon to drizzle a small amount of olive oil all over the toppings.
- Place the pizzas in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Leave to cool for around 5 minutes before serving with a light salad of your choice.
Chicken Tikka MasalaConstantly knocking around the upper reaches of the many ‘Britain’s Favourite Dish’ charts, this creamy and delicious Indian dish makes its way from takeways to thousands of UK living rooms each and every night. As lip-smacking as it is though, it can put quite a dent in your wallet. Save yourself some cash by preparing our super-quick and super-cheap Chicken Tikka Masala.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the tikka masala powder with theginger and garlic paste and then set aside.
- Next, chop the onions as directed – the 8-inch slicer knife found in the Tower 5 Piece Knife Set with Acrylic Stand comes in handy here.
- Heat the ghee in a large, deep frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened.
- Next, add the chicken pieces and cook for around 5 minutes or until browned, then add the tikka paste, stirring occasionally and cooking for a further 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add the tomatoes and the cream and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for around 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
- Add the spinach and cook for around 2 minutes or until the spinach has wilted. Serve with steamed rice and yoghurt, and garnish with coriander.
Beef & Black Bean Chow MeinAnother firm favourite for a Saturday night in, the humble Chow Mein sates many an appetite across Britain week in, week out. Avoid scrabbling around trying to locate the local Chinese takeaway menu and save a few quid in the process by rustling up this awesome Beef & Black Bean Chow Mein at home!
- Mix together the soy sauce, cornflour and sugar in a small mixing bowl until smooth – the Tower 300W Stick Blender will help out immeasurably here.
- Place the beef in a large mixing bowl and coat with the marinade, mixing with your hands to ensure the meat is evenly coated.
- As the meat is marinating blanche the egg noodles in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water for around 3-4 minutes until soft. Drain and refresh in cold water and set to one side.
- Heat the groundnut oil in a large wok over a moderate heat until hot. Add the onion, spring onion and stir-fry for around 2 minutes then add the marinated beef. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Drain the the noodles then add to the wok and stir-fry for a further 1-2 minutes with the black stir fry sauce until warmed through.
- Divide the chow mein into 4, place in serving bowls, then drizzle a little sesame oil over each and serve.