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Rainbow Recipes For Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than by eating the rainbow!

In true Mardi Gras spirit, Chef Elle Vernon has created the most fabulous and colourful recipes for you to get creative with.

Show off your colourful pride with Elle’s recipes.

RAINBOW PIZZA

  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 16 mins
  • Makes 2 pizzas, Serves 6 as a snack 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 x 25cm round store-bought stone baked style pizza bases
  • 4 Tbsp pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded pizza blend cheese (a mix of mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan)
  • 1 ½ cups red cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • ½ small green capsicum, finely diced
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, to garnish (optional)

STEPS

  1. Spread pizza bases with pizza sauce. Scatter with cheese.

  2. Arrange vegetables in rings, starting from the outer edge of the pizza bases, working your way in towards the centre. Begin by arranging red tomatoes, followed by yellow tomatoes, corn, capsicum and finally red onion in the centre.

  3. Slide one pizza onto the Philips Pizza Master Accessory, and insert basket mesh on top. Place it inside the Philips XXL airfryer with Smart Sensing Technology.

  4. Set temperature to 180°C and time to 8 minutes, cooking until cheese has melted and pizza crust is light golden. Remove from the Airfryer, transfer to a serving board.

  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 with remaining pizza.

  6. Slice and serve drizzled with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of basil, if using. Bellissimo! 

ELLE’S TIPS

  • Reduce waste and use up vegetables you already have in your fridge.

Try using a variety of different coloured capsicums, leftover roast pumpkin pieces, yellow squash, zucchini and broccoli florets.

  • For an extra punch of flavour, feel free to spread the base with the pizza sauce as per recipe, then swirl over a spoonful of basil pesto, or garlic dip, or even a little olive tapenade dip before sprinkling with cheese. 

RAINBOW CHEESE TOASTIES

  • Preparation time: 5 mins
  • Cooking time: 8 mins
  • Makes 2

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup shredded Colby 
  • Red, yellow and blue food colouring, to tint
  • 4 slices bread
  • 40g butter, softened
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • Pinch of dried Italian herbs
  • Sea-salt flakes, to season

STEPS

  1. Divide cheeses between three bowls. Add a couple of drops of food colouring to each bowl to tint one red, one yellow and one blue. Mix with a fork to coat cheese in the colouring.

  2. Lay bread out on a clean dry surface. Spoon yellow cheese in a strip down the centre of two pieces of bread.

  3. Spoon blue cheese, and red cheese in strips on either side of the yellow, allowing the colours to slightly overlap. (the slightly overlapped cheeses will create the colours of orange and green once melted) 

  4. Spread a little butter onto the remaining bread and sandwich closed.

  5.  Spread remaining butter on top of the sandwich, sprinkle with a little paprika, Italian herbs and salt. 

  6.  Arrange sandwiches snuggly in a single layer, buttered side up, inside the basket of the Philips XXL airfryer with Smart Sensing Technology. 

  7.  Set temperature to 180°C and time to 8 minutes, and cook until bread is golden and toasted and cheese filling has melted. Slice in half to reveal the cheesy rainbow. 

ELLE’S TIPS

  • The cooking time may vary, depending on the type of bread you use. A thick cut, multigrain sourdough will take longer to toast than slices of plain white sliced bread. It’s completely safe to open the Philips Airfryer basket up during cooking to check on your creation. 

  • You can use a couple of toothpicks to secure your sandwich closed if you’d like a little extra piece of mind that it won’t go flying during airfrying. Just be sure to remove them before you eat!

GIANT FUNFETTI SHARE COOKIE 

  • Preparation time: 20 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins
  • Makes 1, Serves 16

INGREDIENTS

  • 80g unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 Tbsp chocolate baking bits 
  • 3 Tbsp Confetti sprinkles and 100’s and 1000’s, plus extra 1 Tbsp

STEPS

  1. Put butter and sugar into a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add egg and mix again until combined. Stir in flour, baking powder and bicarb until well combined and a soft sticky dough forms. Stir in choc bits and confetti sprinkles and 100’s and 1000’s.

  2. Spoon dough into the Philips XXL Baking Tray, press down to smooth the surface, using slightly damp hands. Scatter extra confetti sprinkles and 100’s and 1000’s over the top, pressing down lightly to stick into dough.

  3.  Place baking tray into the basket of the Philips XXL airfryer with Smart Sensing Technology. Set temperature to 160°C, and time to 14 minutes, cooking until golden brown and firm to touch. 

  4.  Carefully remove baking tray from the Airfryer basket and place on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

  5.  Turn out cookie from the Baking Tray, loosening with a non-stick spatula to assist if necessary. 

  6.  Slice cookie into triangles, squares or rectangles to share.

ELLE’S TIPS

  • Swap chocolate baking bits for Smarties or mini M&M’s if you’d like to add even more colour to your cookie. 

  • Find confetti sprinkles and 100’s and 1000’s in the baking section of the supermarket. I used a Unicorn themed confetti for this cookie. 

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