Fiery kitchen king Gordon Ramsay shares his fabulous quick-cook short cuts for creating delicious dishes in a matter of minutes.
Chicken and butternut squash curry
This is how we do a midweek curry in a hurry at home. It’s one of the easiest and quickest curries, especially if you grate rather than dice the squash and onion, and cut the chicken into small cubes.
Polenta and sweetcorn fritters with fried eggs, avocado and chorizo
You can swap the chorizo for some crisped-up smoky bacon, or leave it out for a vegetarian breakfast. Add kale or spinach to the batter if you want to up the veg content.
Bang bang cauliflower
Something happens to cauliflower when you stir-fry or roast it at high temperatures – it becomes nutty and sweet as it caramelises and seems like a different vegetable from its boiled or steamed cousins.
Tandoori lamb steaks with black lentils and charred broccoli
Curry paste is an amazing shortcut. Just mix this tandoori paste with yoghurt and smear it over the lamb to add intense flavour with minimal effort. You could also use it on lamb chops, or a butterflied leg if you have more time.
Warung-style fried noodles
A warung is a kerb-side restaurant or food stall in Indonesia that usually has a long queue outside. On the menu? Simple, traditional street food, all cooked very fast with plenty of heat, spice and smoke. Making fried noodles like this at home is quick and easy, and you don’t even need to queue.
Quick mushroom lasagne
A mixture of different mushroom varieties gives the best flavour, so choose from a selection of chestnut, portobello, shiitake, oyster or button, depending on what you can get.
Salmon ceviche with orange and fennel salad
Make sure you buy the freshest sushi-grade salmon possible (this means it has been prepared and frozen in a way that makes it safe to eat raw) and let the acid from the lemon juice work its magic. Or swap the salmon for firm-fleshed white fish, such as sea bass or bream.
Cookies with malted hot chocolate
These are flavoured with cinnamon, but you could use ground ginger, vanilla extract, lemon zest or even a pinch of chilli, if you like. You don’t have to make the hot chocolate, but I wouldn’t want you to be twiddling your thumbs while the cookies are in the oven. The olive oil, chocolate and Horlicks are wonderfully rich, but a cup of tea would be very nice too.
Crab and harissa tacos
Buying ready-picked white crab meat is such a good cheat here, and makes it easy to put these tacos together in minutes. The only cooking you need to do is warming up the tacos! I love the combination of sweet crab with hot, aromatic harissa, but you can use any chilli paste or hot sauce you like to get a kick, or leave it out altogether if you don’t like the heat; the tacos will still be delicious.
Shakshuka, the North African dish of eggs baked in spicy tomato sauce, has become an essential item on brunch menus everywhere. In this version, the eggs are cooked within a bed of mixed green vegetables instead of tomatoes, making it extremely healthy, delicious and, more importantly, really quick. You can substitute my suggestions with any green vegetables you like or have knocking around in the fridge.
Pork tenderloin with grilled corn salsa and crispy prosciutto
The combination of charred sweetcorn with pan-fried pork loin and heritage tomatoes is incredible. You can use canned corn if you are in a hurry, but grilling the cobs will give the salsa much more flavour, so it’s definitely worth the effort and extra time. You don’t have to add the prosciutto, but its crisp texture and saltiness finish the dish beautifully.
Turkey and leek fusilli with crispy sage breadcrumbs
For a change, skip the bolognese and make this creamy turkey and leek sauce in a fraction of the time instead. It might just become a regular midweek family meal, as it has at my house. You could also make it with minced chicken or sausage meat, and you can swap the sage for thyme, parsley or tarragon, depending on your preference. Any shape of fresh or dried pasta would work too.
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Ramsay in 10 by Gordon Ramsay will be published by Hodder & Stoughton on 14 October, priced £25. To preorder a copy for £21.25 until 17 October, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free UK delivery on orders over £20.