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Lebanese-style snapper

"This dish is Lebanese-peasant done fancy with all the peasant-style flavours you'll find in Lebanese cooking, but with a beautiful piece of fish added," says Bacash. "The trick to not overcooking fish is to be aware that it cooks from the outside inwards and the centre should only cook until it's warm, not hot. If it gets hot in the middle, it will become overcooked from the residual heat. It takes a little practise getting to know this - be conscious of the inside of the fish and not the outside. Until you get it right, you can always get a little paring knife and peek inside the flesh when you think it's ready; it won't damage it too much."

12-hour barbecue beef brisket

"Texas is world-renowned for barbecuing a mean brisket, the flat and fatty slab of meat, cut from the cow's lower chest," says Stone. "Cooking a simply seasoned brisket low and slow on a smoker (or kettle barbecue when barbecuing at home), gradually rendering the gummy white fat while simultaneously infusing smoky flavour into the meat, is a labour of love. Although time-consuming, briskets are not difficult to cook. And while you'll note that this one takes a whopping 12 hours to cook, don't be alarmed if your brisket needs another hour or so - this timing is an approximation, and greatly depends on the size of your brisket and heat of your barbecue." The brisket can also be cooked in an oven (see note).

Cuban sandwich


You'll need

300 gm pork shoulder, cut into 4cm pieces ½ tsp each dried chilli flakes, ground cinnamon and smoked paprika 100 ml olive oil 125 ml (½ cup) whole-egg mayonnaise 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 4 ciabatta rolls or soft rolls 100 gm kasundi (see note) 60 gm cheddar, coarsely grated 1 carrot, coarsely grated 12 cornichons, thinly sliced, plus extra to serve 8 cos lettuce leaves

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 150C. Combine pork, spices, ½ tsp salt and three-quarters of the oil in a casserole. Stir to combine, cover and roast in oven until pork is tender and pulls apart easily (3-4 hours). Drain excess liquid, shred pork and set aside.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and mustard in a bowl and set aside.
  • 03
  • Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add pork and stir occasionally starting to crisp (2-3 minutes). Set aside.
  • 04
  • Increase oven to 180C. Split rolls in half and warm in oven (2-3 minutes). Spread bases with kasundi, then top with cheddar, pork, carrot, cornichons and lettuce. Spread tops with mayonnaise, sandwich and serve with extra cornichons.
Note Kasundi is an Indian tomato relish available from select delicatessens. If it’s unavailable, substitute spiced relish.

This recipe is from the November 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“There’s no better combination of flavours than in the Cuban at Pope Joan. As the menu says: ‘pulled pork, pickles ‘n’ cheese’. Please share.”
Brendan Stevens, via email

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  • Serves 4 people
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