Chef Jamie Oliver

A Day with Jamie Oliver

Imagine having TV personality Jamie Oliver as your personal chef for a day. It’s a happy thought, isn’t it?

Well, Jamie’s take on breakfast, lunch and dinner—Italian style—may just be the next best thing.

“I love Italy and everything it stands for,” says the famous chef. “The wonderful ingredients, the beautiful places, the lovely people and the neverending passion they have for their families.”

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Why not bring Jamie and a taste of Italy home with these three tasty recipes?

Buon appetito!

Breakfast – Spicy Scrambled Eggs and Crispy Bacon

Lunch – Fantastic Fish Stew with Tomato and Basil

Dinner – Roast Fish Wrapped in Pancetta and Pesto Mashed Potato

Roast Fish Wrapped in Pancetta and Pesto Mashed Potato

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Recipe by Jamie Oliver.
INGREDIENTS:

Rosted Fish

zest of 1 lemon

4 x 200g white fish fillets, preferably

organic, skin off

freshly ground black pepper

16 rashers thinly sliced pancetta or

streaky bacon

olive oil

1 jar green pesto, to serve

Mashed Potatoes

1kg floury potatoes, such as King

Edward

sea salt and freshly ground black

pepper

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp green pesto

150ml milk

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Peel your potatoes and cut any large ones in half so they’re all a fairly even size. Add to a pan of boiling salted water and cook over a high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender and cooked through.

Drain the potatoes in a colander and leave to steam dry. Return the pan to a low heat and add the milk. Warm through for a few minutes, then tip the potatoes back into the pan with the extra virgin olive oil, green pesto and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash everything together until smooth and combined.

Scatter the lemon zest over the fish fillets with a good pinch of black pepper and gently rub this into both sides of the fish. Lay 4 rashers of pancetta or bacon, slightly overlapping, in front of you then lay a fish fillet across them. Wrap the rashers around the fillet, then repeat with the remaining slices of pancetta and pieces of fish.

Lightly heat a large ovenproof frying pan and add a splash of olive oil. Lay your wrapped fish in the pan and fry for a minute — turning halfway — to crisp up the bacon. Place half of the lemon fruit at the side of the pan to add flavour, then pop in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, or until the bacon is crisp and golden.

Remove the fish from the oven. Individually plate and dollop the fillets with pesto then serve with mashed potatoes, a light green salad and a lovely glass of white wine.

Serves 4

Fantastic Fish Stew with Tomato and Basil

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Recipe by Jamie Oliver.
INGREDIENTS:

600g mussels

olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced

150ml white wine

1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 jar tomato and basil pasta sauce

4 x 100g small fillets of sea bass or bream, skin off, cut into chunks

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve

1 loaf of ciabatta bread, to serve

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Give the mussels a good wash and a light scrub in clean cold water, pulling off any beardy bits you find. If any aren’t tightly closed they’re no good to eat, so throw them away.

Place a deep saucepan on a medium heat. Add a lug of olive oil and the garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently until the garlic starts to turn golden. Add the white wine, tomatoes and jar of tomato and basil pasta sauce. Cook gently for 10 to 15 minutes, or until reduced slightly.

Add the mussels and fish chunks, then cover with a lid and cook for around 5 minutes, or until all the mussels have opened up and your fish is cooked through. If any mussels remain closed, throw these ones away. Have a taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Divide the stew up between your bowls and serve with wedges of lemon for squeezing over and slices of griddled ciabatta to soak up all those lovely juices.

Serves 4

Spicy Scrambled Eggs and Crispy Bacon

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Recipe by Jamie Oliver.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 jar of chili and garlic pesto

olive oil

4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, the best

quality you can afford

a large knob of butter

4 large eggs, preferably free-range or organic,

lightly beaten

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 slices of good quality rustic bread

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add a splash of olive oil and the bacon. Fry for 5 to 10 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

Meanwhile, put a small pan on a low heat and slowly melt the butter until frothy. Pour the eggs into the pan and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir slowly with a wooden spoon or spatula, making sure nothing sticks to the bottom.

When the bacon is done, transfer it to a plate lined with kitchen paper towel to drain. Meanwhile, pop the bread in the toaster. Your eggs are done when they still look silky and custard-like. Butter the toast, top with the eggs and serve with a good dollop of chili and garlic pesto and crispy bacon on the side.

Serves 2