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Herb crusted rack of lamb

Posted: April 2, 2017 by nietize in British, Lamb
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From Gordon Ramsay’s F Word
Serves 4

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Ingredients

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2 large racks of Lamb cut in half with 3 bones per serving
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil
4 slices of stale bread made into crumbs.
7 Tbs. grated parmesan (roughly ½ a cup)
Sprig parsley
Sprig thyme
Sprig coriander
Sprig rosemary
2 tablespoons English mustard (dijon)
splash of olive oil

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place lamb on cutting board fat side up. Lightly score the fat layer with a sharp knife. Next, generously sprinkle the lamb with salt and pepper. Mop up the excess seasoning with the rack of lamb, ensuring it’s thoroughly coated.

Heat some olive oil in an oven safe pan. Seal the lamb by holding each side in the oil long enough to develop color (careful not to burn your hands). 

Transfer the pan with the lamb into the oven and bake for 7-8 minutes. Prepare the crust while the lamb is cooking.

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Place all of the ingredients for the crust except the mustard into a blender and pulse several times until it looks nice and green. Make sure you don’t over do it with the olive oil, just a splash.

Pour the mixture into a deep dish (bowl or plate) and set aside.

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Remove the lamb from the oven and brush generously with mustard. Dip the lamb into the crust mixture coating it completely. Dip several times to ensure an even coating. Allow meat to rest for a bit.

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Place it back into the oven for 3-4 minutes when you’re ready to serve.

Chicken piri piri

Posted: April 2, 2017 by nietize in Chicken, Portuguese
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From Delicious Magazine
Serves 4

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Ingredients

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1 small red pepper
50ml olive oil
4 red chillies
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp dried oregano or chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Juice 2 lemons
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt flakes
6 free-range, skin-on, bone-in chicken legs (drumsticks and thighs attached)

Heat the oven 190°C/170°C fan/ gas 5. Halve and deseed the pepper, brush with a little of the oil, put in a tin and roast until soft (about 25 minutes). Peel the skin if it comes off easily; leave on if it doesn’t. Chop roughly, then crush in a pestle and mortar (see tip). Remove the pepper.

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Deseed the chillies, chop finely and put in the mortar with the garlic, oregano and chilli flakes. Pound to a paste, then add the vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt, remaining oil and crushed pepper.

Put the chicken into a broad shallow dish and pour on most of the marinade. Turn to coat, cover with cling film and put in the fridge for 4 hours (or overnight ideally), turning a couple of times. Bring to room temperature before cooking.

Heat the grill to high and arrange the chicken on the grill pan, skin-side up. Put the grill pan 10cm from the heat and grill for 12 minutes per side, reducing the heat to medium halfway through. Baste a few times with the juices or a little reserved marinade.

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Move the chicken another 10cm from the heat and grill for 5 minutes on each side. It should be cooked through (make sure there are no traces of pink), sizzling and golden.

Serve immediately with a lettuce, cucumber and tomato salad and fried potatoes or coarse rustic bread.

Roast leg of lamb with anchovies and rosemary

Posted: February 11, 2017 by nietize in Beef, British, Lamb
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From Great British Chefs
Serves 4

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Ingredients

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1 leg of lamb
12 anchovies
12 garlic cloves
12 sprigs of rosemary, small
sea salt
cracked black pepper, smoked
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3

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To prepare the lamb, cut 36 small holes into the upper, fleshy part of the leg. Push the garlic cloves, rosemary sprigs and anchovies into the holes, equally distributing the ingredients across the meat

Lay the leg onto a roasting tray and sprinkle over some sea salt and smoked pepper.

Drizzle with olive oil and rub lightly into the flesh

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Roast for 60 minutes, or until the lamb reaches a core temperature of 58°C.

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Allow to rest in a warm place for 15-20 minutes before carving and serving

From BBC Food Recipes
Serves 4

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Ingredients

For the sauce
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp chilli powder
100ml/3½fl oz single cream

For the curry
4 boned, skinned chicken breasts (weighing approximately 560g/1 lb 4oz in total)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 tbsp vegetable oil
5cm/2in piece cinnamon stick
6 cardamom pods, cracked open
6 cloves
140g/5oz onions, cut into fine half-rings
2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into fine slices, then into fine strips
1-3 hot green chillies, cut at a diagonal into fine strips
½ tsp black or yellow mustard seeds
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
cooked basmati rice, to serve

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

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Put the tomato purée in a bowl and mix with one tablespoon of water. Add all the remaining sauce ingredients, in the listed order, mixing as you go.

Spread out the chicken breasts and season them generously on both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Put three tablespoons of the oil in a non-stick frying pan and place over a high heat.
When hot, add the cinnamon, cracked cardamom pods and cloves.

After ten seconds, add the chicken breasts in a single layer and brown them lightly on both sides.

Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a single layer in an ovenproof dish.
Add the onions, ginger, and green chillies to the same frying pan and fry them in the residual oil until they are golden-brown in colour.

Remove with a slotted spoon and spread evenly over the chicken breasts.

Add the remaining one tablespoon of oil to the frying pan. When hot, add the mustard seeds. As soon as they pop – this will be just a few seconds – add the garlic and stir.

As soon as the garlic starts to brown, pour in the sauce.

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As soon as the sauce heats up and starts bubbling, pour it over and around the chicken without displacing the onion mixture.

Place the ovenproof dish, uncovered, in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Serve immediately with basmati rice.

 

Italian baked meatballs with garlic baguettes

Posted: February 5, 2017 by nietize in Beef, Italian
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From Delicious Magazine
Serves 4

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Ingredients

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For the tomato sauce
35ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
Pinch sugar

For the meatballs
1 red onion, grated
1½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
6-10 anchovy fillets, finely chopped (see tips)
Finely grated zest ½ lemon
500g British beef mince (15-20 per cent fat)
Splash olive oil
125g ball fresh mozzarella, torn

For the baguettes
75g salted butter
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Small handful fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
2 medium baguettes

To make the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a large frying pan, then add the onion and garlic and fry over a gentle heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring often, until softened but not coloured. Add the chopped tomatoes with the sugar, season well and turn the heat up so the sauce is bubbling gently. Cook for 40 minutes, stirring often.

Meanwhile, make the meatballs. Put all the ingredients apart from the oil and cheese in a bowl. Season. Mix with your hands, then roll into 20-24 balls the size of walnuts.

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Heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/ gas 7. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat. When hot, add the meatballs, frying on all sides for 5-6 minutes until golden. Drop them into the sauce for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and top with the cheese. Season, then bake for 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted.

 

Mix the butter with the garlic and parsley. Slice the baguettes at an angle into thirds, split them open and pull out most of the insides (see tips). Spread the baguette shells with the garlic butter and set aside.

Let the meatballs stand for 2-3 minutes, then serve with the garlicky baguettes. Use the baguettes to scoop up the meatballs and sauce, which will melt the butter.

From Delicious Magazine
Serves 4

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Ingredients

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100g butter, softened
1 tbsp dijon mustard
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon, plus 3 whole sprigs
1.6-2kg British free-range chicken
8-12 baby turnips
For the potato stuffing
30g butter
2 medium onions, finely diced
1 celery stick, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
500g roasting potatoes such as king edward, diced
1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
130g fine breadcrumbs, made from stale bread


Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Put the 100g softened butter in a bowl, then stir in the mustard and chopped tarragon. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well. Rub three quarters of the tarragon and mustard butter all over the chicken and under the skin over the breast meat (loosen the skin by pushing your fingers under by the neck cavity).

Melt the remaining tarragon and mustard butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Put the baby turnips in a bowl and pour the melted butter on top. Toss to coat.

To make the potato stuffing, melt the 30g butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir in the onions, celery and garlic, then cover and fry for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and stir in the potatoes, thyme and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper, then cook for 5 minutes, stirring often so it doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before stuffing the chicken.

Stuff the chicken cavity with the potato stuffing (see tip) until two thirds full. This will allow hot air to circulate inside the cavity so the chicken will cook properly. Put the remaining stuffing in an ovenproof dish and bake alongside the chicken.

Put the buttered turnips in a roasting tin with the sprigs of tarragon and sit the chicken on top. Roast for 1 hour 20 minutes, basting regularly with the buttery juices, or until cooked (a digital probe thermometer pushed into the thickest part of the meat should read 65°C). Take the dish of stuffing out after an hour and keep warm.

When the chicken is cooked, transfer to a lipped board and cover with foil. Rest for 15 minutes before carving. Serve with the baby turnips, stuffing and seasonal veg.

Potted ham

Posted: December 30, 2016 by nietize in British, Pork
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Bbc Good Food
Serves 4

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Ingredients

250g pack unsalted butter
500g cooked ham
bunch curly parsley
,leaves picked and finely chopped
small pinch ground cloves
pinch yellow mustard seeds
1 tbsp cider vinegar
rustic country bread toast, cornichons, chutney or red onion marmalade to serve

Gently melt the butter in a small pan and leave it to settle. Slowly pour the clear yellow fat from the melted butter into a small bowl or jug, leaving the milky liquid in the pan. Discard the milky bit. Pull apart and shred the ham as finely as possible into stringy strips – use a knife to help if you need to.

Mix the ham with the parsley, spices, vinegar, two-thirds of the butter and a little crunchy sea salt. Divide between 8 small ramekins or pots. Press down and flatten the surface with your fingers, then spoon or pour over the remaining butter. Chill until butter is solid, then wrap in cling film. Will freeze for up to 3 months.

To serve, defrost the pots overnight in the fridge if frozen. Serve with toast, cornichons and chutney, or dip pots briefly in a bowl of hot water and turn the potted ham out onto plates first.

Roast leg of lamb with shrewsbury sauce

Posted: September 24, 2016 by nietize in British, Lamb
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Delia’s Complete How to Cook
Serves 6 – 8

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Ingredients

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1 leg of lamb, weighing 5 lb (2.25 kg)
1 small onion, peeled and sliced
a few sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish
salt and freshly milled black pepper
For the Shrewsbury sauce:
2 level tablespoons plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon mustard powder
1 pint (570 ml) Beaujolais or other light red wine
5 rounded tablespoons good-quality redcurrant jelly, such as Tiptree
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
juice 1 lemon
salt and freshly milled black pepper

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 375°F (190°C).

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First of all, place the meat in the roasting tin, tucking the slices of onion beneath it.

Season the surface with salt and freshly milled black pepper, then place it, uncovered, in the pre-heated oven on the middle shelf. Roast for 30 minutes per lb (450 g) – for a 5lb (2.25 kg) leg this will be 2½ hours. Make sure that you baste the lamb at least 3 times while it is cooking, as this will help keep it juicy and succulent.

If you like to serve your lamb quite pink, give it 30 minutes less cooking time. To tell if the lamb is cooked to your liking, insert a skewer into the centre, remove it, then press the flat of the skewer against the meat: as the juice runs out, you will see to what degree the meat is cooked – the pinker the juice, the rarer the meat.

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When it is cooked as you like it, remove it to a carving board and keep it in a warm place to rest for 30 minutes. Now, to make the sauce, spoon off any surplus fat from the roasting tin, tipping it to one side and allowing the fat to separate from the juices; you need to leave about 2 tablespoons of fat behind.

Now place the tin over a direct heat turned to low and stir in the flour and mustard powder until you have a smooth paste that has soaked up all the fat and juices. Next, add the wine, a little at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon after each addition. Halfway through, switch from the spoon to a whisk and continue to whisk until all the wine has been incorporated.

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Now simply add the redcurrant jelly, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and seasoning, then whisk again until the jelly has dissolved. Now turn the heat to its lowest setting and let the sauce gently bubble and reduce for about 15 minutes, then pour it into a warm serving jug. Carve the lamb, garnish with the rosemary, pour a little of the sauce over and hand the rest round separately.

Slow-roasted pork belly with fennel

Posted: August 29, 2016 by nietize in British, Pork
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Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course
Serves 4

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Ingredients

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1kg pork belly
Sea salt and black pepper
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and roughly sliced
4 fresh bay leaves
3 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed
1 tsp cardamom pods, bashed
4 star anise
1 tbsp fennel seeds
Olive oil
325ml white wine
500–750ml chicken stock (depending on the size of your pan)
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4.

Score the pork belly skin diagonally in a diamond pattern at 1½ cm intervals. Season generously with salt and pepper, rubbing it well into the skin.

Put the fennel, bay leaves, garlic, cardamom, star anise and half the fennel seeds into a hot roasting tray on the hob with a little oil and heat for about 2 minutes until aromatic.

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Push to the side of the tray, then add the pork, skin side down, and cook for at least 5 minutes until turning golden brown.

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Turn the pork over, season the skin again with salt and sprinkle with the remaining fennel seeds. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up the bits from the bottom (be careful not to get the skin of the pork wet). Bring to the boil, then pour in enough stock to come up to the layer of fat just below the skin and allow to boil again.

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Transfer the tray to the preheated oven and cook for 2½ hours.

Transfer the meat to a warm plate and set aside to rest. Meanwhile, spoon off any excess fat in the roasting tray or drag a slice of bread along the surface of the cooking juices to absorb it. Heat the tray on the hob, adding the mustard. Mix in with a whisk, then taste and adjust the flavours as necessary. Remove the star anise and cardamom pods and pour the sauce into a jug. Serve the rested pork with the sauce alongside.

Duck with orange sauce

Posted: July 10, 2016 by nietize in Duck, French
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From Chicken the best ever recipe collection
Serves 2-3

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Ingredients

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1 whole roasting duck, approximately 2kg
2 oranges,
1/2 cup caster sugar
6 tablespoons white wine vinegar,
1/2 cup grand marnier
salt and freshly ground black pepper,
orange slices to garnish.

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Trim off the excess fat and skin from the duck and prick the skin all over with a fork. Season the duck inside and out with salt and pepper; secure the legs with cooking string.

Place the duck on a rack in a large roasting tin. Cover tightly with foil and cook in the oven for 1½ hours.

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With a vegetable peeler, remove the orange rind in wide strips then slice into thinner strips. Squeeze the juice from the oranges.

In a small heavy-based saucepan mix the vinegar and orange juice and stir to dissolve. Boil over a high heat, without stirring, until the mixture is rich caramel colour. Remove from the heat and carefully add the orange juice, pouring it down the side of the pan. Swirl the pan to blend, bring back to the boil and add the orange rind and liquor. Simmer for 2 – 3 minutes.

Remove the duck from the oven and pour off all the fat. Raise the oven temperature to 200?C/400?F/Gas 6. Return the duck to the oven and continue to roast, uncovered for 25-30 minutes, basting frequently with the sauce, until the duck is brown and juice runs clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a knife or skewer.

Pour the juices from the duck cavity into the tin and transfer the bird to a carving board. Cover with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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Pour the roasting juices into the saucepan with the remaining caramel mixture, skim off the fat and simmer gently. Serve the duck garnished with watercress and orange slices, and accompanied by the sauce.