Gluten Free Gravy

It’s important to the team at Brusco to make staple recipes more inclusive without compromising on taste. This gluten free gravy is  not only delicious, but it is also gluten and dairy free.

What’s the secret ingredient in Gluten Free Gravy?

We have a little confession to make, this isn’t our creation… This gravy recipe is a Jamie Oliver special! He seems to share our love and passion for chestnuts, and incorporates this fantastic ingredient in many of his recipes.

The chestnuts in this recipe help thicken the gravy, so there is no need for flour. Leaving it thick, creamy and full of festive flavour.

It’s important to note that, here at Brusco Food Group, we maintain the mantra that chestnuts are not just for Christmas!

As in Europe, they should be enjoyed all year round and can be incorporated into many dishes, sweet or savoury. However as it is Christmas, you simply must try making our festive sausage rolls. Designed by our Friends over at Fat Mow Cooking, they are delicious!

Want to know the ingredients?

This gluten free gravy recipe serves 12, so perfect for a big family dinner. As family Christmases may not be as elaborate this year, you can adjust the amounts to suit your family size. Please remember, gravy also tastes amazing the day after, so the more you  make, the more you have for dipping your extra roasties in!

  • Turkey giblets , and sticky bits from your cooked turkey
  • 100 ml port, optional (but absolutely worth it)
  • 200 g vac-packed or tinned chestnuts (we have some in stock)
  • 2 tablespoons onion marmalade, optional
  • 1 litre organic chicken stock

Now for the important bit…

The gravy needs to be created as you cook. The flavours from the meat and vegetables are crucial to the final result.

Once your turkey is cooked, and you have put her to one side to rest:

  1. Skim away about three-quarters of the fat from the surface and you will be left with the sticky bits at the bottom.
  2. Please your cooking tray over the hob with all of the vegetables used under your turkey and put on a high heat until it starts to boil.
  3. Time to add the port! Let it cook away for a few minutes before crumbling in the chestnuts.
  4. Scrape the sticky bits from the base and sides, then add your stock and marmalade.
  5. Now it’s time to mash.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes until thickened and stir occasionally until it has reached your desired consistency.
  7. Pour through a sieve into a pan, and push through with the back of a spoon. Any resting juices from the turkey just adds to the flavour. Keep warm until your dinner is ready to serve!

Let’s talk chestnuts!

For further information on how make your recipes gluten free, or to discuss our range of chestnut ingredients, talk to our team today. Contact us on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk, we will look forward to talking to you!

The Ultimate Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix

We have stepped into September, Starbucks have launched their Pumpkin Spiced Latte, the weather has gone quintessentially British, meaning one thing… autumn has arrived.

Every food lover enjoys a change in season. It offers the perfect opportunity to switch up dining choices and get creative with ingredients.

Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot chocolate is a must when the cold weather comes in, sweet, rich and full of creamy flavour!

Make sure your cupboard is stocked with your very own homemade vegan hot chocolate mix. Ready when you need a sweet treat.

Many pre-made hot chocolate mixes contain milk powder, making them unsuitable for vegans. This recipe substitutes milk powder for coconut milk powder, offering a vegan friendly option.

Coconut milk powder has added health benefits as well as that delicious, distinctive coconut flavour.

Create your own Vegan Hotel Chocolate Recipe

  • 60g Cocoa powder
  • 200g Coconut milk powder
  • 100g Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Corn flour
  • Grated dark chocolate

Simply combine the ingredients together, store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Ready for that Hot Chocolate Fix?

It’s so simple to turn your mix into a delicious hot chocolate.

  • Heat coconut milk in a saucepan
  • Mix in two heaped tablespoons of mixture and stir until dissolved

Fancy a frothy top?

  • Find a jar with a lid and fill up by a third with coconut milk.
  • Simply shake until frothy and slowly add to your drink.
  • Grate unsweetened dark chocolate and sprinkle over the top

Talk to our team

If you are looking to improve, or create a new vegan friendly hot chocolate for your customers talk to our team on 01386 761555 or email info@brusco.co.uk. We have great quality, vegan certified coconut powder ready to add to your mix.

Beer Batter Recipe

Today we are celebrating #NationalFishandChipDay with our very own beer batter recipe.

Sure, you can buy from your local chippy, but if you fancy creating something new and golden, this is the recipe for you.

What is #NationalFishandChip Day?

#NationalFishandChipDay is a day to celebrate the nations favourite dish.

Whether you dip your chips in curry sauce or tomato ketchup, accompany with mushy peas or garden peas, season with heaps of salt and vinegar or keep it plain, we can all join together in appreciation of this delicious classic.

Beer batter recipe ingredients

How to make your own beer batter

The best thing about this recipe is that it is not only simple and delicious, but you will probably have all of these ingredients in your cupboards.

This recipe serves 8, but you can increase or decrease amounts to suit whatever party size you have.

Simply mix all the dry ingredients together with the egg and slowly add the beer, stirring as you go. Don’t worry too much about remaining lumps, this just adds to the texture.

Create your own Battered Fish

Firstly, get your deep fat fryer going or heat a large saucepan of oil to 175 degrees Celsius. The oil should be deep enough to immerse your fish.

Cover your fish in flour, making sure it coats the outside

Submerge the fish into your batter

Fry in the oil for 3-4 minutes until golden brown (Do this in batches to not overcrowd the pan)

Once cooked carefully remove and place into a bowl (covered in paper towel) and season with salt

Accompany with chunky chips, mushy peas and some tartar sauce.

What else can you do with beer batter?

Beer batter can be used for many delicious recipes including beer battered prawns, scampi, calamari or if you are looking for vegetarian dishes you can dip mushrooms, onions, tofu or even string beans.

Talk to the team

We have a delicious range of bulk buy beers, including gluten free beers ready to help perfect your beer batter. Talk to the team today on 01386 761555 or info@brusco.co.uk.

Over on our Instagram page we are discussing the best way to serve your fish and chips, join in the conversation!

Pulled Jackfruit Tacos Recipe

The sun is shining, the BBQ’s are heating up and we are ready to enjoy some delicious pulled Jackfruit! This recipe can be added to a burger bun with all the trimmings, in a salad or in tacos!

Pulled jackfruit taco ingredients

Our favourite recipe is pulled jackfruit tacos. Crunchy, zesty and can be easily adapted to suit your taste and what you have in the fridge/cupboard.

We chose salsa, you could use coleslaw or pickled shredded veg. We had sliced avocado; you could make guacamole. The rules are ‘there are no rules!’

Ingredients for pulled jackfruit Tacos

Jackfruit mixture

  • Coconut oil
  • 1 onion (we chose red)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Jalapeno (depending on your heat tolerance)
  • 2/3 teaspoons BBQ sauce
  • Lime to serve

(now for the spices)

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt

Side trimmings

  • Salsa crunchier the better (homemade or jarred)
  • Avocado
  • Taco shells

Healthy lifestyle, healthy mind

Since COVID-19 first hit, the need to be healthier has become paramount to our daily lifestyle. Not only for our bodies, but also our minds.

People are working out more, experimenting with recipes and many have used this time to be try something different.

A great way to help encourage a healthier lifestyle is by switching to a plant-based diet.

Different to a vegan diet, the plant-based diet focuses more on what you can eat, rather than what you can’t. Taking vegetables, fruit and other plant-based products and doing something a little different.

Pulled jackfruit is a great example of something ingenious that you can do with a fruit, offering the perfect alternative to pulled pork. No slow cooking, less fat and high in vitamin C.

How to create pulled jackfruit

The star of the show…

  • Check your jackfruit is fully shredded
  • Fry off the onions until soft in olive oil
  • Add the garlic and jalapeno and cook for extra minute
  • Fry off the jackfruit with the onion’s mixture
  • Season with the herbs and spices and BBQ sauce
  • Cook until the jackfruit has started to crisp
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice
  • Heat your tacos as per instructions on the packet

Prepare your sides

  • Slice or chop up your avocado
  • Prepare your salsa (if making yourself)
  • And pile your tacos full of crunchy fresh goodness!
  • You can also add cheese and sour cream, if you’re open to dairy additions.

This pulled jackfruit recipe is fantastic for all occasions. Whether you’re having a night with the other half, enjoying a family dinner or having some you time.

Talk to our team today on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk about jackfruit, we have some fantastic options available along with other products perfect for