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Scrumptious Summer Recipes from Chef Laura Sharrad

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We’re delight to have celebrity chef, author of My Italian Kitchen, TV personality and restaurant owner, Laura Sharrad, share some of her scrumptious summer recipes. From Paccheri Pasta with Eggplant to Raw Salted Caramel Slice, get ready to up your entertaining game this summer!

Fruity Summertime Mocktails

Makes 3 litres

Chef Laura Sharrad's Scrumptious Summer Recipes Fruity Summertime Mocktails

INGREDIENTS

2 punnets strawberries
1 pineapple
¼ watermelon
2 limes
1L sparkling apple juice / soda water / lemonade
Ice cubes

Garnish

2–3 limes, sliced plus extra to juice the glass rims
Coconut sugar
Mint leaves
1 punnet strawberries, 1 berry per glass

Spice it up! Add 1 shot of gin and/or a splash of Prosecco to each glass (adults only)

METHOD

🍹 Juice all the fresh fruits and strain.

🍹 Dip the rim of each glass in lime juice followed by coconut sugar to create a sweet crust on each.

🍹 Fill each glass halfway with juice, followed by a scoop of ice and topped off with sparkling juice/soda.

🍹 Garnish with mint leaves, a slice of lime and strawberry on each glass.

BBQ Grilled Peach, Prosciutto & Burrata Salad

Serves 6–8

Chef Laura Sharrad's Scrumptious Summer Recipes with BBQ salad

INGREDIENTS

Oil, to brush peaches
3 peaches, halved
100g baby rocket leaves
100g mixed lettuce leaves
1 whole red radicchio, quartered and core removed
12 slices prosciutto
Extra virgin olive oil
Sticky fig glaze
1 large burrata mozzarella
Salt flakes
Chilli flakes

METHOD

🥗 Heat BBQ or griddle pan to high.

🥗 Lightly oil the cut side of your peaches and grill until dark and caramelised. Cool and cut in half again.

🥗 Arrange the rocket, lettuce and radicchio in a bowl, with the peaches and prosciutto slices on top.

🥗 Dress with olive oil and the glaze.

🥗 Top with the burrata, salt flakes and chilli flakes.

Paccheri Pasta with Eggplant, Tomato & Burrata

Serves 4

Chef Laura Sharrad's Scrumptious Summer Recipes with paccheri pasta

INGREDIENTS

500g paccheri pasta
6 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 large eggplant, cubed into 2cm pieces
1 brown onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 long red chilli, diced
2 tins diced tomatoes
Salt flakes
Black pepper
¼ bunch basil leaves
1 large burrata mozzarella
1 tbs nigella seeds

METHOD

🍝 Cook pasta to the packet’s instructions, strain and cool with cold water. Set aside.

🍝 Meanwhile, heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and cook the eggplant until golden and tender. Set aside to be incorporated later.

🍝 In the used frying pan, add the onion, garlic and chilli with a few more tablespoons of oil and begin to fry off.

🍝 Pour in the tinned tomatoes and cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes or until reduced and a deep red colour.

🍝 Season with salt and pepper, then cool completely.

🍝 Toss the pasta through the sauce, add the eggplant and gently mix.

🍝 Place onto a large serving platter and top with basil leaves and the burrata mozzarella and sprinkle with the nigella seeds and enjoy!

Raw Salted Caramel Slice

Makes 8–10 slices

Chef Laura Sharrad’s Scrumptious Summer Recipes with caramel slice

INGREDIENTS

Base

2 cups cashews
10 pitted dates
1 cup desiccated coconut
4 tbs liquid coconut oil
Pinch of salt
1 tsp raw cocoa powder

Caramel

1 cup almond butter
10 pitted dates
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla paste
¾ cup coconut oil
1 tsp salt flakes

Chocolate topping

½ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup raw cocoa powder
½ cup raw honey
Pinch of salt

Garnish

Coconut flakes

METHOD

🥥 Line a 20cm loaf tin or rectangle tart tray.

🥥 Blitz all base ingredients in a food processor until fully combined and still a little chunky. Transfer into a loaf tin, smooth mix out and freeze for 10 minutes.

🥥 In the meantime, blitz all the ingredients for the caramel until smooth.

🥥 Remove base from freezer and pour caramel on top. Return to freezer for a further 10 minutes.

🥥 Mix all the ingredients for the chocolate topping.

🥥 Remove tray from freezer, spread chocolate topping over the slice and top with the coconut flakes.

🥥 Transfer tray to fridge to allow slice to set for 2 hours (or 30 minutes in the freezer if you can’t wait). Slice and enjoy!

Campari Shakerato

Makes 2 cocktails

Chef Laura Sharrad's Scrumptious Summer Recipes with campari

INGREDIENTS

2 x 90ml pours Campari
30ml vermouth
Ice cubes

Note: can be substituted with Aperol or a sweet red vermouth.

Garnish

Orange twist

METHOD

🍊 Shake the Campari and vermouth over a heap of ice in a cocktail shaker for about 2 minutes to ensure it gets cold and aerated.

🍊 Pour through a cocktail strainer into two chilled glasses and enjoy with a twist of orange.

Dragon Fruit, Raspberry & Cocoa Crunch Smoothie Bowls

Makes 2

Chef Laura Sharrad's Scrumptious Summer Recipes with smoothie bowls

INGREDIENTS

Smoothie mix ingredients

1 cup frozen dragon fruit
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen mixed berries
½ cup coconut milk
1 tsp almond butter (or any nut butter)
1 tsp raw cocoa
1 tsp honey

Garnish

1 cup cocoa coconut crunch granola mix (or granola of your choice)
¼ cup flaked coconut
4 strawberries, sliced
1 punnet blueberries

METHOD

🍓 Place serving bowls in freezer for 10 minutes to pre-chill.

🍓 Blitz all smoothie mix ingredients in a food processor or in a jug with a stick blender until smooth.

🍓 Remove bowls from freezer and pour in the smoothie mix.

🍓 Top with your desired garnishes and enjoy!

Endless summer

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Laura Sharrad
Originally from Melbourne before relocating to McLaren Vale in South Australia, Laura Sharrad grew up with a wooden spoon in her hand cooking beside her nonnas. Her rich Italian heritage has played a heavy hand in her epicurean journey, which was further strengthened after living in Tuscany. A former MasterChef contestant and an extensively trained chef, the impressive career of this now-24-year-old has leapt from strength to strength. Laura recently opened her own restaurant, Nida Bar and Pasta, with her husband and fellow chef, Max Sharrad. With another restaurant and cookbook in the works, Laura says the long‑term dream is to buy a property on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, teach students to cook and grow produce for a small sustainable restaurant.
Instagram: @laurasharrad
Twitter: @lauracassai

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