New Zealand’s first official Matariki holiday is fast approaching! In celebration of Matariki and marking the start of the Māori New Year, My Food Bag has designed a few delicious Matariki inspired recipes to help Kiwis celebrate with local produce.
My Food Bag partnered with well-known television and radio host, and iconic Kiwi personality, Stacey Morrison to create and test the recipes which include her Chicken Hāngī Parcels with Broccoli & Watercress Béarnaise.
To Stacey, Matariki is a time for celebration and rejuvenation of our practices, including things that we lost, or nearly lost, as well as providing the chance for us to really embrace our seasons!
With something for everyone, My Food Bag’s Matariki range features Crispy Chicken Strips with Horopito Tartare & Moemoe Potatoes as part of the My Choice bag, Kiwi Lemon & Fennel Roasted Porchetta with Kūmara & Jus in the My Choice Gourmet offering and Premium Kiwi Lamb Roast with Buttered Greens & Gravy from Bargain Box.
Gather together with your loved ones and enjoy seasonal kai… this is the final My Food Bag recipe to be released in the lead up to Matariki.
Ultimate Kiwi Lamb Pizza
400g kūmara, thinly sliced
1 drizzle of oil
150g roasted capsicum, thinly sliced
125g colby cheese, grated
60g tomato paste
3 Tbsp tomato sauce
1 pack pizza bases
2 Tbsp mint pesto
100g baby spinach
1 drizzle of olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
400g lamb rump steak
1 drizzle of oil
Before you start
Preheat oven to 220°C (or 200°C fan bake). Preheat two oven trays.
Prep & cook kūmara
Thinly slice kūmara, toss with oil on a lined oven tray and spread in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper and roast for 12-15 minutes, until just tender. Turn once during cooking.
In a small bowl, combine mint pesto and yoghurt.4.Prep saladIn medium bowl, toss spinach with olive oil and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.5.Prep pizzasThinly slice capsicum and cheese. Combine tomato paste and tomato sauce together, divide mix between pizza bases and spread evenly. Top with cooked kūmara, capsicum and cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer 2 pizzas to each preheated tray and cook for 12-14 minutes, until bases are crisp and golden around the edges. Swap trays halfway through cook time to ensure even cooking.
Meanwhile, prep & cook lamb
Pat lamb dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large frypan on medium-high heat. Cook lamb for 4-5 minutes each side for medium (depending on thickness), or until cooked to your liking. Rest, covered.
Thinly slice lamb and evenly distribute on pizzas.Top with half the spinach and dollop over yoghurt. Cut pizza into slices.
Pizza with remaining spinach on the side.