Avonmore Tasty Mediterranean Pasta

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Ingredients

  • 200g Tagliatelle or 150g Spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
  • 1 Red Pepper sliced
  • 50g Pitted Black Olives, quartered
  • 10 Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 75g Sundried Tomatoes, roughly chopped

Directions

1. Cook pasta as per pack instructions. Drain and toss in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and leave to one
side.
2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and then add onion followed by garlic. Fry for 2 minutes,
add red peppers & continue to cook for 1 minute.
3. Reduce heat and add cooked pasta to the frying pan. Stir in olives, basil, cherry and sundried
tomatoes.
4. Transfer to a serving dish, top with Avonmore Grated Cheddar & Mozzarella cheese and scatter
with rocket leaves.
5. Season with cracked black pepper & serve immediately.

Crab Cakes with Lime Guacamole – Clodagh McKenna

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of good quality bread, made into rough breadcrumbs
  • 400g white crabmeat
  • 2 tbsp homemade mayonnaise
  • a drop of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50g Avonmore Butter
  • 1 dstp fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Place all the all the ingredients in a bowl, season lightly with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Form the crab mixture into round patties.
  3. Place a frying or gridale pan over a medium heat, add the butter.
  4. Once the butter begins to foam add in the crab cakes and cook for 3 minutes and then turn over and cook for a further 2 minutes. They should be golden in colour.
  5. Serve with my Lime Guacamole

For the Lime Guacamole:

  1. Cut the avocado in half, discard the stone and scoop out the flesh.
  2. Mash with a fork, then add the garlic, lime or lemon juice, olive oil and coriander and mashed together well.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover with cling film immediately as it discolours very fast.

Tip: To keep your guacamole nice and green, place the avocado stone on top of the dip and cover with cling film.

http://cookwithavonmore.ie/

Buttery Bruschetta with Kerrygold Garlic and Herb Butter

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A simple starter that tastes anything but. Garden-fresh vegetables and herbs atop crusted bread browned in grass-fed Irish butter make an appetizer so perfect you don’t even need silverware.

 

Spaghetti with anchovies, garlic and chilli

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Fill a large saucepan with water, add a teaspoon of salt and bring to the boil. Add the spaghetti, linguine or tagliatelle, whichever you are using, and cook for 10-12 minutes, or according to the instructions on the packet, until al dente.

As the pasta is cooking, place another large saucepan on a medium heat. Add the olive oil, followed by the sliced garlic and fry for two minutes, then stir in the chopped anchovies and the chilli flakes, and cook for a further minute.

Drain the spaghetti, reserving some of the liquid, then add the spaghetti to the anchovy mixture with a few tablespoons of the liquid. Tip in the chopped parsley and the squeeze of lemon juice and stir to mix. Taste, adding some more lemon juice if you like. Grind over some black pepper and serve immediately.

 Anchovy Recipes:

http://rachelallen.com/post/spaghetti-anchovies-garlic-and-chilli

Flahavans Oatmeal Vegetable Soup

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Ingredients:
  • 1 fl oz (30ml)  (2tbsp) Sunflower Oil
  • 2 Medium Onions, chopped
  • 2 Sticks of Celery, chopped
  • 8oz (225g) Potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Medium Carrots, chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (optional)
  • 3oz  (75g) Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal
  • 8oz  (225g) Can of Tomatoes
  • 2 Vegetable or Chicken Stock Cubes
  • 50 fl oz (1.5 Litre) Water
  • Salt and Pepper
Method:
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the vegetables and stir in the oil until evenly coated. Add the oatflakes and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, stock cubes and water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Blend, season and serve.
  4. Garnish with cream and chopped parsley.

http://www.flahavans.ie/recipes/oatmeal-vegetable-soup/301

Odlums bake at home pizza.

Odlums pizza

What you need:

Pizza Dough

  • 450g/1lb Odlums Strong White Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
  • Good pinch of Salt
  • 1 x 7g sachet Fast Acting Yeast
  • 300ml/½pt Warm Water (1 part boiling to 2 parts cold)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive or Vegetable Oil
  • Shamrock Semolina, for dusting if liked


Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 x 400g tin Roma Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Herbs (Basil, Thyme, Parsley etc.) or ½ teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs


Suggested Toppings

  • Cheese (Mozzarella and/or Grated Cheddar)
  • Slices of Pepperoni or Chorizo
  • Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • Sliced Ham
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives & Anchovies

 

How to:

  1. Make the dough by putting the flour, sugar, salt and yeast into a large bowl. Add the oil to the warm water and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix together to form a dough.
  2. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 7 to 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. This can be done in half the time by using dough hooks in an electric mixer. Return to bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel. Leave in a warm enough place to prove until doubled in size. About 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce: heat the oil in a pan, add the onions (if used) and gently fry until soft. Add the tomatoes, garlic and herbs and bring to the boil. For a smooth sauce this may be blitzed in a food processor. Sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If it needs thickening, bring it to the boil and reduce to thicken, this may take a few minutes. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
  4. When dough is ready, dust a board with semolina if used, or flour and roll out to a round, size depends on the thickness and the number of pizzas you wish to make.
  5. Place pizzas on baking trays or baking stone. Spread with a little of the tomato sauce, then the cheese and the toppings of your choice.
  6. Bake for about 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the pizza, until the pizza is golden underneath and the topping is bubbling on top.

Pizza

Mary Flahavan’s oatmeal vegetable soup

soup

Ingredients:
  • 1 fl oz (30ml)  (2tbsp) Sunflower Oil
  • 2 Medium Onions, chopped
  • 2 Sticks of Celery, chopped
  • 8oz (225g) Potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Medium Carrots, chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (optional)
  • 3oz  (75g) Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal
  • 8oz  (225g) Can of Tomatoes
  • 2 Vegetable or Chicken Stock Cubes
  • 50 fl oz (1.5 Litre) Water
  • Salt and Pepper
Method:
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the vegetables and stir in the oil until evenly coated. Add the oatflakes and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, stock cubes and water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Blend, season and serve.
  4. Garnish with cream and chopped parsley.

http://www.flahavans.ie/recipes/oatmeal-vegetable-soup/301