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Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Dandelion: Hmong spicy eggplant mash


You'll need

For shallow-frying and deep-frying: vegetable oil 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 large eggplant (about 500gm each) 4 red birdseye chillies, coarsely chopped 4 spring onion bulbs, coarsely chopped 1 cup (loosely packed) coriander, coarsely chopped, plus extra leaves to serve 4-5 pieces black sesame rice paper (see note) 1 tsp sesame oil

Method

  • 01
  • Heat vegetable oil to 160C in a wok or saucepan over medium-high heat, add garlic and stir frequently until golden (1-3 minutes), remove garlic and drain on absorbent paper.
  • 02
  • Cook eggplants, weighted with a plate, in 2 large saucepans of boiling water over high heat until tender (15-20 minutes). Remove eggplant, then, when cool enough to handle, peel, then drain in a colander (discard skin and water).
  • 03
  • Pound chilli and ¾ tsp sea salt in a mortar and pestle, add spring onion and coriander and pound to a coarse paste. Add eggplant and crush it into the paste with a circular motion (you can do this in batches; alternatively, you can use a food processor), then season to taste. Makes 2½ cups.
  • 04
  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer to 180C and deep-fry rice paper in batches until puffed and crisp (1-2 minutes; be careful as hot oil will spit). Drain well on absorbent paper and serve with Hmong spicy eggplant mash drizzled with sesame oil and scattered with fried garlic and coriander leaves.
Note Black sesame rice paper is available from Vietnamese grocers. If unavailable, substitute plain dried rice paper or prawn crackers.

This recipe is from the September 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“This dish comes from the Hmong, a minority group who live in the northern hills straddling Cambodia and Vietnam. Their food is austere and spicy,” says Lindsay. This dish works equally well as a side for the pork belly recipe.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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