For some time I have been using Hein van Tonder’s recipes on the website, and till now we have only been email friends. Such a delight to meet him last Friday when we had lunch at The Imibala Restaurant in Somerset West
[click here]. Here is his tray bake which would go well with the Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2014.
Ingredients 6 pieces of chicken with skin
6 individual sausages (good quality pork, beef or lamb)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cracked black pepper
1 tbs of your favourite herb and spice mix for chicken
125ml red wine
4 cloves of garlic, bashed
1 onion, cut in half horizontally and then quartered
1 stem fresh rosemary, cut in smaller pieces
handful of baby tomatoes
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
Place the chicken in a ziplock bag, add the salt, pepper and herb & spice mix and give it a good shake to coat the chicken. (I used a mixture of salt, pepper, chicken spice, baharat, dried chilli flakes).
Pour the wine in a baking tray. Place the garlic, chicken, sausages and onions on top of the red wine. Dot with the cut sprigs of rosemary and sprinkle the baby tomatoes on top.
Bake for 20 minutes covered in foil, remove the foil and bake for a further 30 – 40 minutes until the chicken and sausages are cooked and the chicken skin is golden brown and crisp. Pop it under the grill for a few minutes to crisp up further if needed.
Notes Serve with Hein’s Garlic Butter Cauliflower Mash – CLICK HERE
Baharat is a spice mix made up of a blend of 2 teaspoons each of smoked paprika and ground cumin, 1 teaspoon each of fresh ground black pepper and ground coriander, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and nutmeg and a 1/4 teaspoon each of ground cardamom and ground cloves.
Hein van Tonder of heinstirred.com photo by Francois Pistorius
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