Tuesday, 24 June 2014


This recipe is my take on a simple Lebanese recipe – Yakhnit Lubiyeh. Traditionally the beans are cooked until very mushy. I don’t cook them for quite that long and sometimes add zucchini too. *Chermoula & Baharat are spice blends and although not traditional, I like the flavour they add to the dish.

Serves 4

8 Lamb Loin Chops
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 large onion diced
6 garlic cloves roughly chopped
300g fresh green beans
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
*1 tsp chermoula or baharat (optional)
Lots of chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Trim a little of the fat off the chops if you want to. I don’t as I love the rich flavour it gives the sauce.

Heat a large crockpot & season lamb chops. Add olive oil to pot & brown chops on both sides to get some good caramelisation. Remove from pot & lower temperature.
Sautee the onions until softened and then add garlic and cook for a further 2 mins. Add tomatoes to the pot along with Chermoula or Baharat if you’re using.

Add lamb loin chops back to pot and bring up to a low simmer. Taste sauce and add salt & pepper to your liking. Cook covered for an hour.
Add beans & cook uncovered until beans are cooked to your liking. Stir through chopped parsley just before serving.

Serve with rice, cous cous or a baked potato with labneh! Enjoy…

Thursday, 22 May 2014


Our fondness for slow cooked lamb shoulder on the bone is no secret. Put it on at lunch time and forget about it until dinner time. It’s also perfect for cooking the day before and reheating.

This recipe uses a dry spice blend called chermoula (A North African spice blend) which is a mix of cumin, paprika, onion, turmeric, cayenne, garlic, parsley, coriander, salt & pepper.

We use Herbie’s chermoula (see picture) as we sell it at Meat at Billy’s. I sprinkle this stuff on almost everything – especially lamb, chicken or fish. It’s great mixed through mince, butterflied chooks or legs of lamb, lamb cutlets and whole roast chickens too.

I like to marinate the shoulder the day before if I remember. It’s still good if you just rub in right before cooking too though.

Serves 6

1 x 2kg lamb shoulder bone in, shank attached
1 x 50g Herbie’s Chermoula Spice Mix
3 large brown onions sliced thickly
6 garlic cloves skin on
2 cups water
Salt & pepper

24 hours before cooking - rub half a packet of the chermoula spice all over the lamb, top & bottom. Cover and place back in fridge until ready to cook.

Preheat oven to 150°C.

Place onions and garlic on the bottom of a heavy, deep roasting tin that’s big enough to easily fit the lamb shoulder. Pour in 2 cups of water & sprinkle with salt & pepper.

Place lamb on top of the onions & cover the tin tightly with foil. Place in the oven and roast for 2 hours. Turn the oven temperature down to 110°C and cook for a further 6 hours. Check it every so often and if the water has evaporated, add a little more water. Remove the foil for the last hour of roasting to crisp up the skin.

By this stage you’ll be left with a lovely oniony lamb jus. Pour the jus into a container and skim off the most of the excess fat as there’s usually quite a lot.

The meat will basically fall away from the bone. You should be able to serve with 2 spoons. Place the lamb on a serving platter and pull the meat from the bone at the table and serve with jus. Serve with a few lemon wedges and salt.

Serve with a mix of the following:
a)      couscous with roasted carrots & goat cheese
b)      a mix of roasted pumpkin, capsicum, zucchini & mushrooms.
c)       natural yoghurt mixed with parsley & lime zest.
d)      Chickpea, spinach & avocado salad

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Serves 4

4 x 350-400g pieces of osso buco

Extra virgin olive oil
100g plain flour or corn flour, seasoned with salt & pepper
1 large white or brown onion
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
500g fresh borlotti bean pods (optional)
2 anchovy fillets
1 cup dry white wine
500ml tomato passata
1 cup veal or beef stock
2 large sprigs of fresh thyme
2 large sprigs of fresh sage
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
1 fresh bay leaf
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste  

For the dressing
2 cloves garlic, minced to a paste
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

2 tbsp finely chopped good quality anchovies 

Zest & juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 160°C. 

Dust the veal with the seasoned flour. Heat half the olive oil in a large pot and brown the veal osso buco pieces evenly on all sides. The veal should be well coloured but be careful not to burn the meat. This should take about 10 minutes. Once browned on all sides, remove from the pot and set them aside on a plate or in a baking tray.

Add the remaining oil to the same pot to which you browned the veal and then add the diced onion, garlic, anchovy and herbs and sauté slowly for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Turn heat up and then add the white wine to deglaze the pan. Cook until the wine is almost completely reduced before adding the borlotti, passata and veal stock. Bring to a simmer and place the veal pieces back into the pot. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Transfer to oven. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the cut but will take somewhere between 2.5 to 4 hours. The veal should be fork tender, meaning the meat easily separates from the bone when you touch it. Do not remove until meat is falling off the bone!  

To make the purée, combine the garlic, anchovy, parsley, lemon zest & juice. Serve veal pieces with equal portions of either - mashed potato, polenta or saffron risotto and spoon over sauce. Add a dollop of the dressing just before serving.

Tip – cook extra & make an easy 2nd meal. For the 2nd meal option, save some sauce and meat aside & break up the meat with a fork into small, shredded pieces. Heat and stir through freshly cooked pasta – I like linguini. Be sure to add a drizzle of olive oil, lots of chopped fresh parsley and grated parmesan.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014


This dish is best cooked in a wok, or large non-stick frypan. 

Tip: oil the lamb rather than adding oil to the wok our pan, you will use less oil, and the lamb will brown well.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Serves 4

500g lamb strips
1 tbsp oil
2 chorizo sausages cut into thin slices
1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
400 g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
200 g green beans, trimmed and cooked until tender
juice of one lemon

baby spinach leaves

1. Combine the lamb strips with half of the oil.
2. Heat the wok, ensure it is hot. Stir-fry the lamb strips in 3 batches, reserving each cooked batch to rest in a warm bowl. Reheat wok between each batch.
3. Reheat the wok, add remaining oil and heat. Add the sliced chorizo and cook until well browned, remove and reserve with the lamb. Add the onion and capsicum to wok, stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the cannellini and green beans and lemon juice, toss to combine.
4. Return the lamb and chorizo to wok, toss to combine. Serve immediately on top of baby spinach.

Essential Tips
1.When you stir-fry meat cook it in batches and set it aside.
2.Return the meat to the pan with sauces once the vegetables are cooked.
3. Stir-fry only to combine – do not reheat meat for too long or it will toughen.

4. Best lamb cuts for stir-frying - lamb stir-fry strips or prepare your own from eye of loin/backstrap, tenderloin/fillet, round or topside leg steaks.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


*4 pork leg schnitzels
*50g plain flour
*Salt and pepper
*2 Eggs
*½ cup water
*200g Panko crumbs
*10 sage leaves, finely chopped
*¼ cup continental parsley, finely chopped
*¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
*Oil for shallow frying

To serve:
Coleslaw, lemon wedges & fresh rocket

Cooking Instructions:
1. Flatten pork leg steaks with a meat mallet or rolling pin *you can ask your friendly butcher to do this for you (-:

2. Dust pork schnitzels with seasoned flour and shake off excess.
3. Dip each schnitzel into beaten egg and water.
4. Press schnitzel firmly into the combined crumbs, herbs and parmesan cheese.
5. Heat oil over a medium heat for 2 - 3 minutes and shallow fry each schnitzel until golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
6. Serve hot with coleslaw, lemon wedges & fresh rocket

Tuesday, 29 April 2014



*4 lean, thick cut pork medallions
*Salt and pepper to season
*100 g butter
*400 g portabello mushrooms cups (or a mix of mushrooms)

*½ cup port wine or maderia
*½ cup beef stock
*1 tsp cornflour
*¼ cup thick cream
*2 tblsp chives, finely chopped

To serve: thick cut chips & steamed asparagus or broccolini

Cooking Instructions:
1. Season pork steaks with salt and pepper. Heat the BBQ or griddle pan on a medium heat for 3 minutes, brush steaks with oil and cook for 1 minute each side for each 1cm thickness. Rest for 5 minutes and keep warm.

2. Melt butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Sauté mushrooms until soft for 4 minutes, pour over the port and beef stock. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

3. Whisk together the cream, cornflour and chives. Pour into the pan and heat through until sauce is thickened.

4. Serve pork steak with creamy mushroom and port sauce. Garnish with thick golden potato chips.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


This recipe was born out of the need to clear out the fridge. It's not necessarily the prettiest dish but nor is it very difficult. In fact, it's basically chopping up whatever you have and throwing it into a baking dish. The key is to chop everything about the same size.

The below recipe is just what I happened to have in the fridge that day. All except for the chorizo that is. I bought that home especially.

2 Billy's fresh chorizo
2 La Boqueria cured chorizo
2 large potatoes
1 sweet potato
2 tomatoes
1 capsicum
1 red onion
1 white onion
whole bulb of separated garlic cloves (skin left on if you like)
wedge of parmesan cheese
juice of half a lemon
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Cut potato & sweet potato into large chunks. Rinse, place into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and leave for 5 minutes. Drain and allow to dry.

Meanwhile, chop chorizo, parmesan and all other vegies into similar sized chunks. Throw everything into a large baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.

Place chorizo chunks on top and place into the oven. Bake until potatoes are starting to crisp and chorizo beginning to char.

That's it! You're done.

Serve on a bed of fresh baby spinach or seasoned cous cous or nothing at all.

Do you have a super simple meal that you'd like to share? Please email it to us info@meatatbillys.com.au

Thursday, 27 February 2014


Whenever I travel to other major cities I usually always visit a Jamaican restaurant. I love the bold flavours and simple but tasty cooking style and Brisbane doesn't really have any authentic Jamaican eateries yet.

When I came across this range of Jamaican rubs & sauces from The Ja Joint last year I was very excited. Not only are they made right here in Brisbane, they are damn good and I can now easily cook some of my favourite Jamaican dishes at home. 

Now for even more good news - we're now stocking them at Meat at Billy's. There are four products in the range and they're all extremely versatile. You can make all sorts of delicious things with them.

Here's a quick and easy recipe we think you'll enjoy.
Sweet Potato Chips Jerk Seasoned – oven baked and healthy
Preheat hob and oven on high add small amount amount of oil
Cut sweet potato in to chips and pan fry on a high heat when oil is hot
Turn the chips to give an even golden crispy seal.
Remove from pan and drain on paper towel.
Toss through 1-2 tablespoons of Jamaican Jerk Rub & place in baking tray 
Pop in oven for 20 minutes on 180 degrees

Homemade Jamaican Spiced Burger – with some attitude
Dice 1 onion and fry off with some chopped garlic for 2 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of Jamican curry mix and stir.
Soak 1 white bread roll in water, drain and pull into small pieces
Mix onion, garlic and bread through 500 grams of mince (beef, chicken or pork).
Season with salt and pepper add 2 tablespoons of flour to bind. Mix through.

Roll into balls and flatten. Fry on a medium heat and turn after 5-10 minutes. After the first turn, place a wedge of the tastiest cheese you can find on top of the cooked side of the pattie. The cheese will then melt while the other side is cooking.

Serve in a soft bun and add Jamaican BBQ sauce to the base, fresh lettuce, beetroot, tomato and if you like it hot, add some Jamaican Habanero Hot Sauce for a real spicy kick!

Thursday, 30 January 2014


These quesadillas make for a quick and easy snack. I like this combo of flavours but you can use whatever you like really. It's a great way of using up left overs.

Billy's own fresh style, Spanish chorizo are made from pork, Spanish paprika (both sweet & hot) a little oregano and garlic. These are ideal for this recipe as they spread easily and are full of flavour!

Makes 6 quesadillas

* available at Meat at Billy's

*6 Billy’s fresh chorizo
*1 tin refried black beans
250g grated cheese
chopped green shallots
Pk 12 Corn Tortillas
*1 tin chipotle sauce
1 tub sour cream
chopped chives

Step 1
Take the casing off one chorizo and spread the sausage mixture evenly over one side of a tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and shallots – however much you like.

Step 2
Take a second tortilla and spread the refried black beans over one side. Place the second tortilla, bean side down on the chorizo mixture to make a ‘sandwich’. Repeat until you have six quesadillas. Set aside & fire up BBQ.

Step 3
Mix as little or as much of the chipotle sauce through the sour cream as you like depending on how spicy you like it. Start with a little at first and add more, tasting as you go. Once you have it right, mix through some chopped chives reserving some for the quesadillas.

Step 4
Place on BBQ grill & toast each side of the quesadilla, flipping them over carefully, until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are crunchy.

Step 5
Cut into 4, place on a platter and sprinkle with chives. Serve with sour cream.

Keep any left over chipotle sauce for making a marinade for wings, ribs, pulled pork or a slow cooked brisket.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


I'd use any excuse to use this lamb jam and its appley, minty & rosemary goodness. In this recipe I've used it in the sausage roll filling and also to serve alongside them once cooked! Please use butter puff pastry if you can - it's far superior in taste & texture. My ultimate choice of pastry is Careme (made in the Barossa) but here I've used the Pampas Butter Puff as it's a bit more economical. Be careful, regular Pampas puff pastry is made from margarine (yuk) and won't give as good results. Trust me on this!

6 sheets Butter Puff Pastry, (see note) thawed
1 egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash
Lamb Jam to serve

2 tbs olive oil
1 cup breadcrumbs
1kg lamb mince
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tbs Lamb Jam
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs Dijon mustard
2 tsp salt
2 eggs whisked

Step 1
Preheat oven to 200C. 

Step 2
Using your hands, combine ingredients for sausage filling in a bowl.

Step 3
Lightly prick pastry with a fork, then brush with egg wash. Place one-sixth of filling along longest edge, then roll up to enclose filling. Repeat with remaining pastry, filling and egg wash to make 6 rolls. Place rolls on a tray lined with baking paper and freeze for 10 minutes to firm. Reserve egg wash.

Step 4
Once the rolls are cold and solid again, trim 5mm from both ends of each roll & brush with egg wash. Using a finely serrated knife, cut each roll into 6 (wiping blade clean after each cut) and place on 2 oven trays lined with baking paper.

Step 5
Bake for 15/20 minutes or until golden. Serve with lamb jam!