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The Perfect Ace recipe: Pap Lasagne

19 August 2016

Chef Nti meets Thabo Kunutu who wants to treat his friends to a special three course meal for their game night. 

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Maize Rice and Potato Cakes (Starter)
Makes 6
Pre and cooking time: 30 minutes

250ml (1 cup) cooked ACE MAIZE RICE
500ml (2 cups) cooked mashed potatoes
2 large eggs
65ml (¼ cup) Golden Cloud Cake Wheat flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 onion, grated
45ml (3 tablespoons) chopped chives
Oil for shallow frying
125ml (½ cup) grated cheddar cheese

Mix maize rice, mashed potatoes, eggs, flour, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and chives. Make sure the mixture is not too thin.
Heat oil in a heavy based frying pan. Pour 1/4 cup batter into hot pan; brown on both sides.
Serve Maize rice cakes sprinkled with grated cheese. Serve with a tomato and onion gravy.

Pap Lasagne (Main)

45ml (3 tablespoons) sunflower oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken fillets, cubed
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tomatoes, peeled and diced
65ml (¼ cup) tomato puree
30ml (2 tablespoons) sugar
60ml (4 tablespoons) chopped fresh basil
250g button mushrooms, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
375ml (1 ½ cups) grated mozzarella or white cheddar cheese

Ingredients for pap layering
For layering, we need:
500ml (1 cup) Ace Super Maize Meal Quick cook
1 ½ litres (6 cups) water
3ml (½ teaspoon) salt
45 ml (3tablespoons) butter

Preheat oven to 180 degrees °C.
In a large frying pan, heat oil and cook chicken pieces until brown on all sides. Remove and keep warm.
Add onions and garlic to pan and sauté until soft. Add tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar and herbs, cook over medium heat until sauce has thickened. Stir in mushrooms, season to taste. Cook for a further 10 minutes.
To make soft porridge; Bring 1 ½ cups water to the boil, add salt. Mix remaining water with the maize meal to form a paste. Add to the boiling water, add butter. Stir until smooth, cover and cook over gentle heat for 4 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure there are no lumps.
Spoon half the porridge into a greased deep oven proof dish – 20cm. Cover with the chicken pieces and then top with the tomato mushroom stew, Spoon remaining porridge over sauce and spread neatly. Sprinkle grated cheese over porridge. Bake in oven until cheese is melted and golden about 25 minutes.

Deep Fried Banana Recipe 
Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutes

½ cup All Gold flour
½ cup Ace maize meal
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg, large, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Vegetable oil
5 bananas, firm and ripe, sliced into 1 inch pieces

Slice bananas into 1/2″ slices
In a small bowl, combine flour, maize meal, sugar, salt and ground nutmeg together.
In a large bowl, combine the egg, oil, milk, and vanilla.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, stirring often.
Line a plate with paper towels.
Fill a pan with oil 1/2″ deep and heat
Dip each banana slice in batter and allow excess to drip off.
Place in oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Remove to prepared plate.
Dust finished bites with icing sugar. Serve with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce or ice cream.

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