Stuffed Baked Cabbage Leaves with Cheese @BordBia

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Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 100g brown basmati rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 large green cabbages, such as Savoy
  • 15g butter
  • 8 rashers smoked dry cured streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablesp. chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 tablesp. chopped sage
  • 1 teasp. paprika
  • 250g minced pork
  • 250g minced beef
  • 450ml vegetable stock

For the sauce:

  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves
  • 500ml milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 30g butter
  • 30g plain flour
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 200g cheese, thinly sliced

To Cook

Cover the brown rice in cold water and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the kettle. Drain the rice, tip into a non-stick pan and add 200ml boiling water and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, cover and cook over a low heat for 25 minutes. Leave to cool.

For the sauce, stud the onion with the cloves and put into a pan with the milk, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to the boil and set aside to infuse with the flavours.

Meanwhile, remove 12 bright green leaves from the outside of the cabbages. Use the remainder of the cabbage for another meal. Drop the leaves into a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water. Cut out and discard the thickest part of central stalk.

Melt the butter in a pan, add the bacon and fry until cooked but not browned. Add the onion and garlic and continue to cook for 5-6 minutes until the onion is soft but not browned. Tip into a mixing bowl and leave to cool.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180ºC (350ºF). Add the cooked rice to the onions with the chopped herbs, paprika, minced pork, minced beef, ½ teasp. salt and some black pepper. Mix together well with your hands. Divide the mixture into 12.

Place one portion of the stuffing into the centre of each cabbage leaf, fold in the sides and roll up. Place side-by-side, seam-side down, in a lightly buttered shallow ovenproof dish. Pour over the stock, cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

For the sauce, strain the infused milk into a jug. Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and cook for a few seconds. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Preheat the grill to high.

Drain away any excess stock from the baking dish. Pour the sauce over the cabbage leaves and cover with the sliced cheese. Grill for 2-3 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve.

http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/recipes/StPatricksDay/Pages/StuffedBakedCabbageLeaveswithCheese.aspx

Monkfish with Roast Red Pepper Sauce @BordBia

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 x 350g monkfish fillet
  • 8 thin slices of Parma ham (optional)
  • 2 red peppers – cut in half and seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon white wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 100mls cream
  • 1 teaspoon castor sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

To Cook

Drizzle the peppers with a little olive oil and roast in a hot (180 °c– 200°c) for 20 mins. Remove from oven, place in a bowl, and cover tightly with cling film. Leave to cool.

If using the Parma ham, tightly wrap the monkfish fillet with the slices of ham.
(It may be necessary to secure the ham with a cocktail stick)
Place fish on an oiled oven proof tray, and bake in the oven for approx 15 minutes.

While the fish is cooking, remove the skins from the peppers. Place into a bowl with the sugar, vinegar and cream. Blend until smooth, correct seasoning if necessary.

Remove fish from the oven and cut into thick slices with a sharp knife. Arrange on plates and serve drizzled with the red pepper sauce.

http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/recipes/fish/Pages/Monkfish-RoastRedPepperSauce.aspx

Crispy Whiting with Dill Mayonnaise @BordBia

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 Of course this recipe could also be made into goujons (long pieces about the size of your finger), which are always a winner with children. Then simply cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 x175g skinless and boneless whiting fillets
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 200g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 tablesp. olive oil
  • 25g butter
  • 4 tablesp. Mayonnaise
  • 1 teasp. chopped fresh dill

To Cook

Heat a large frying pan. Season the flour on a plate. Lightly beat the eggs in a shallow dish with a pinch of salt and put the breadcrumbs in a separate shallow dish. Lightly dust the whiting fillets in the seasoned flour and then dip in the beaten egg, shaking off any excess. Coat in the breadcrumbs.

Add the olive oil and butter to the frying pan and cook the coated whiting fillets for 2-3 minutes on each side until crisp and golden brown. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the fillets.

Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise with the dill and season to taste. Arrange the crispy whiting on warmed plates with the dill mayonnaise and some garden peas to serve.

Serving Suggestions

Garden peas

Tips

Small dipping bowls of soured cream or crème fraiche topped with a little sweet chilli sauce or even a simple tomato salsa would also be an excellent accompaniment for the crispy whiting.Other fish you could use: Hake or haddock fillets

http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/recipes/fish/pages/crispywhitingdillmayonnaise.aspx

.@nevenmaguire Rustic Pear and Hazelnut Tarts @BordBia

These tarts are absolutely perfect for a relaxed Sunday lunch. They can be made in the morning and left covered with cling film in the fridge. Pop them into the oven before sitting down to the main course and they will be in about half an hour.

Serves 4

Cooking time:

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Ingredients

  • 5 firm ripe pears
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 heaped tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g skinned hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze
  • Icing sugar, to dust
  • Crème fraîche, to serve
  • Honey, to serve

For the Pastry

  • 225g (8oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • pinch of fine salt
  • 150g (5oz) butter, chilled and diced
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

To Cook

To make the pastry, place the flour in a large bowl with the salt and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, then bring the pastry together with the egg (it may also need 1 tablespoon of cold water if it’s a little dry). Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes (or overnight is fine).

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4). Line 2 large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.

Peel, core and slice the pears and put them in a bowl. Toss them in the lemon juice, then toss with the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.

On a lightly floured board, cut the pastry into 4 even-sized pieces. Roll each piece of pastry out to a rough circle about 15cm (6in) in diameter and no more than 5mm (¼in) thick. Carefully transfer to the lined baking sheets. Arrange the pears in the middle of each one and scatter the hazelnuts on top, leaving a 2.5cm (1in) border. Using the sides of the baking paper to help lift the pastry, fold the sides up and over the pears. Brush with the beaten egg and bake for 30–40 minutes, until the tarts are cooked through and golden.

Serving Suggestions

Dust with icing sugar and arrange on plates. Add dollops of crème fraîche and a drizzle of honey to each one to serve.