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Easy-To-Prepare Meals For Singletons & Small Friend-Groups

If you’re single and don’t have any specific plans for Valentine’s Day with someone special, invite some of your other singletons over for a night of decadent food, copious amounts of wine and barrels of laughter! These meals are great for sharing, easy to prepare and oh-so delicious   

Tomato galette  

Serves 5 • Total Time 45 Min   

For the crust
1 ½ cups cake flour
pinch of salt
1 cup parmesan or mature cheddar, grated
1/3 cup butter, cubed
3 eggs, whisked

For the filling
1 tub cream cheese
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 lemon, zested
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 salad tomatoes, sliced
1 punnet exotic tomatoes, halved
1 punnet heirloom tomatoes (optional)
handful fresh herbs, chopped (we used basil and thyme)

For the crust
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and cheese.
2. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Mix 2 of the eggs into the flour mixture until a dough is formed.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a large circle about 3–5cm thick.
5. Place the pastry on a lined and greased baking tray.
6. Preheat oven to 180°C.

For the filling
1. Combine the cream cheese, thyme and lemon zest. Season generously.
2. Spread the mixture onto the pastry. Leave a 10cm border.
3. Arrange the tomatoes on top of the cheese and scatter with fresh herbs.
4. Fold the edges of the pastry over the cheese and brush the crust with the remaining egg. 5. Bake for about 20–25 minutes or until golden and pastry has cooked through.
5. Slice and serve immediately.

Top Tip: In a rush? Simply use store-bought shortcrust pastry 

Avocado crema  

Serves 7 • Total Time 10 Min  

2 avocados, peeled and pitted
2 tbsp sour cream or yoghurt
½ tub cream cheese
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. In a blender, blitz the avocado, sour cream or yoghurt, cream cheese, garlic, coriander, lime zest, lime juice and chilli.
2. Season to taste.
3. Serve with toasted pita or naan bread.

Beetroot hummus  

Serves 7 • Total Time 10 Min  

1 jar cooked beetroot, drained 

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
¼ cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Blitz the beetroot, chickpeas, garlic, lemon and olive oil together until smooth. Season to taste.
2. Serve with toasted naan bread.  

Crispy chicken tacos with beer cheese sauce  

Serves 5 • Total Time 30 Min

For the chicken
4 chicken breast fillets, sliced into strips
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp smoked or regular paprika
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
1 cup flour
2 eggs, whisked
2 cups breadcrumbs
olive oil for drizzling

For the sauce
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
½ cup light beer
1 cup cream
1 tsp dijon or wholegrain mustard
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
chilli flakes pinch

To serve
5 flour tortillas, charred
¼ red cabbage, shredded
¼ cucumber, sliced
4-5 radish, sliced    

For the chicken
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Place the chicken into a large bowl, season well and add the paprika and coriander. Toss to combine.
3. Dip the chicken strips into the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs respectively.
4. Arrange the chicken on a lined baking tray and drizzle with oil.
5. Bake for about 12–15 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Top Tip: For a crispier version of chicken, deep fry in hot oil until golden and drain on kitchen paper. 
Combine Line Zest, pink peppercorns and flaked sea salt for a fragrant seasoning and season chicken.  

For the sauce
1. In a saucepan, melt the butter and stir through the flour.
2. Add the beer and simmer gently while whisking for 3-5 minutes.
3. Add the cream and mustard and cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Stir through the cheese, parsley and chilli flakes. Season well.
5. Assemble the tacos by filling tortillas with red cabbage, cucumber and radish. Top with the chicken and pour over the beer cheese sauce.

Top Tip: Omit the beer for a booze-free cheese sauce.   

Loaded fries  

1kg frozen skinny fries
½ cup beer cheese sauce
1 packet crispy streaky bacon
3 jalapeños, sliced
fresh coriander for serving

1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
2. Arrange the fries in a single layer on a greased and lined baking tray.
3. Bake for 12–15 minutes, tossing through at least twice to cook evenly.
4. Place the cooked fries on a platter and pour over the beer cheese sauce.
5. Top with the bacon, jalapeño and fresh coriander.
6. Serve hot.

Top Tip: Omit the bacon and top with shredded chicken or beef if you prefer.  

Words by Chad January
Photography: Zhann Solomons  


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