Sunday, December 06, 2009

DON's Smallgoods

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. The opinions, comments and recipes in this blog are the bloggers own and have not been supplied by DON Smallgoods.

“Is DON, Is Good”. That must be one of the best remembered slogans in Australia. I remember seeing the ads and everyone at school using the grammatically incorrect slogan for themselves. “Is Thanh, Is Good”, how does that sound?

DON has been a purveyor of fine meats since 1947, and I have been admiring DON’s fine salami (cmon, you didn’t expect me to write about DON’s salami without some innuendo) for a while now. I like DON’s Strasburg, Kabana and Pepperoni, but I’m an addict of their Hot Hungarian Salami. I have a constant year round supply of salami in the fridge so that I can eat them whenever I want.

DON is launching a website, Is DON, Is Good and “The DON’s ultimate gourmet creation” challenge. What the challenge involves is to obtain some of DON’s fine meats from the supermarket, and create the ultimate DON’s gourmet creation. Let your imaginations run wild and come up with new and interesting ideas. You can get some inspiration from visiting the DON’s website, Is DON, Is Good. The five most creative entries will be awarded a restaurant dining voucher worth $200 at a top restaurant in Melbourne. The entries will be hosted and judged by Nuffnang representatives.

To enter the competition, please go to the Nuffnang Official Page and submit your entries. Entries close at 9am on Monday 21 December. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 December.

To get you started, here are a couple of recipes that I like to use DON Hot Hungarian Salami for.

Salami and Bocconcini Pizza

This pizza is so easy to make and combines flavours that work together beautifully I believe. For me, it has to be DON Hot Hungarian Salami to get that kick, and I must have anchovies as I love that salty bite to the pizza. Using bocconcini helps to control the saltiness. There are no amounts in the recipe as you just put on as much or as less toppings as you like.

Pizza dough base
Tomato paste
DON Hot Hungarian Salami
Spanish red onion

1. Heat a pizza stone in the oven at 230 deg C for 10 – 20 minutes while you prepare the pizza. If you don’t have a pizza stone, a baking tray will suffice.
2. I use supermarket bought pizza bases as it’s easy for a quick meal but you can make your own base. Spread the base with a thin layer of tomato paste.
3. Put lots of medium thick slices of DON Hot Hungarian Salami onto the pizza dough.
4. Place a few strips of anchovies around the pizza.
5. Sprinkle over thinly sliced capsicum and Spanish red onion.
6. Take the pizza stone out of oven and put the pizza on.
7. Bake in oven for 15 – 25 minutes until base is golden.
8. Take pizza out of oven and rip chunks of bocconcini over the pizza.

Steak and Salami Sandwich

This is a simple quick sandwich that you can have for lunch, or serve with some fries for dinner. I like to use DON Hot Hungarian Salami as I like the kick it gives.

Bread – something firm like Ciabatta
Rump Steak
DON Hot Hungarian Salami
Cheddar cheese, or whatever you like
American mustard

1. Rub steak with olive oil, thyme and salt.
2. Cook steak until desired amount, I like medium rare.
3. Put bread into oven at 70 deg C to crisp. Watch the bread so it doesn’t burn.
4. Fry an egg until desired amount. I love the egg to have a runny yolk.
5. Fry DON Hot Hungarian Salami for about 10 seconds just to warm it through and let the oils out so it’s even hotter.
6. Assemble sandwich. Place steak onto bread, egg, salami, cheese, chopped cornichons, lettuce, mustard and pepper.

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