Pineapple Salsa with Del Monte

What better accompaniment to go with my Jamaican Jerk/Cajun spiced chicken breasts than with a warm, fresh and fruity pineapple salsa?  This is quick and easy to make and can be served hot or even cold with a picnic or sandwich filling to go with some cooked meats too!

  • 175g Del Monte canned pineapple in juice
  • 4 Spring onions
  • 50g Red pepper
  • 15ml Cider vinegar
  • 15ml Soft brown sugar
  • 60ml Barbecue sauce
  • 5mm Fresh ginger, grated
  • 50g Canned sweetcorn, drained
  1. Chop the pineapple into small pieces.

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  1. Slice the spring onions thinly.
  2. Chop the red pepper finely.
  3. Add these to a small saucepan with the cider vinegar, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, ginger and sweetcorn.

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  1. Heat gently for 10 minutes until the peppers have started to soften.
  2. Serve hot or cold.

Perfect served as an accompaniment to my Jamaican Jerk/Cajun Spiced chicken breasts, along with a baked potato, sweet potato and fresh broccoli.

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I used the tin of pineapple sent to me from Del Monte recently to make this meal.

Giveaway – Del Monte

Fancy winning yourself a hamper of products from Del Monte?  I posted a recipe for a Baked Pear & Amaretto Cheesecake on Friday which you can make yourself at home, using a few additional ingredients to create a delicious dessert.

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To be in with a chance to win the hamper, simply share with me your favourite childhood memories of Sunday teatime treats.  What did your mum serve you that, if you recall it today, brings back those precious memories?

Our Sunday teatime used to consist of sandwiches (I loved tinned pink salmon, mixed with plenty of malt vinegar and topped with sliced cucumber on white bread which had been spread with proper butter) along with a cup of tea, poured from the teapot through the tea strainer in to a cup and saucer, and for pudding I really used to look forward to tinned fruit cocktail with evaporated milk. It somehow seemed very grown up when I was a child; my siblings and I used to argue over who had a coveted cherry in their bowl.

Canned fruit can be just as healthy as fresh fruit as it’s picked when fully ripe and processed immediately, preserving high levels of vitamins and minerals.  Not only that, but it has a long shelf life, thereby reducing food waste from spoilage.  It makes preparing and cooking simple and quick too.

To enter, email your childhood memories, along with your name and address to: DelMonteGiveaway@freycob.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 4th December.  A winner will be chosen at random from all entries received.  The prize will be sent directly from Del Monte to the winner’s home address.  UK entrants only.

Good luck!

Baked Pear & Amaretto Cheesecake with Del Monte

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If you’re of my generation (40 something and rapidly heading towards 50) you’ll probably remember the Sunday tea time treat of tinned fruit and evaporated milk that you used to have.  It’s not something you tend to see too often now though.  However tinned fruit is not just tasty and convenient, but it’s a good source of vitamins and minerals.  A product no longer confined to just grabbing the tin opener, opening the tin and pouring the contents into a bowl before smothering it with evaporated milk or ice cream; or simply just placing a ring of pineapple on to your gammon steak; you can use it in many different recipes, to prepare delicious food without the faff and fuss of having to peel, slice and prepare it yourself.

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I’ve adapted a baked cheesecake recipe that I use and have incorporated a tin of Del Monte pears which pair perfectly with almonds and Amaretto for an added depth of flavour.

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Base:

  • 50g Unsalted butter
  • 8 Digestive biscuits, crushed

Cheesecake:

  • 400g Philadelphia Cheese
  • 250g Mascarpone Cheese
  • 410g Del Monte tinned pears, drained
  • 3 Eggs
  • 60ml Amaretto
  • 15g Ground almonds
  • 75g Caster sugar
  1. Heat the oven to 190ºC (170º Fan).
  2. Line a 20cm / 8” spring form tin with baking parchment.
  3. Melt the butter, add this to the crushed biscuits and mix together thoroughly.

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  1. Pour this biscuit mixture into the base of your prepared tin and press down evenly.

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  1. Place in the fridge to cool whilst you prepare your cheesecake filling.
  2. In a food processor, add 150g of the drained pears, the Philadelphia and mascarpone cheeses, the eggs, Amaretto, almonds and the sugar.  I find that using my Kenwood food processor makes this an incredibly easy and quick process
  3. Blitz these together until smooth.

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  1. Drain the remaining pears from the juice and cut into approx. 5mm pieces.
  2. Stir the pear pieces into the cheesecake mixture to evenly distribute.
  3. Pour this mixture over the biscuit base in the tin.

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  1. Bake in the oven for approx. 40 mins until the top has started to colour and there is still a very slight ‘wobble’ in the middle of the cheesecake.

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  1. Turn off the oven, but leave the cheesecake in there, with the door slightly open until it’s cooled completely. (Leaving the cheesecake to cool slowly in the oven allows it set fully and prevents it from cracking).
  2. Remove the cheesecake from the tin and serve, cut in to small slices.

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I was sent a selection of canned fruits from Del Monte along with a gift voucher to purchase additional ingredients with to develop this recipe.