This scrumptious skewers can be served as a entree or as a nibble with drinks.
1 lb. beef rump
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbs. freshly grated horseradish or prepared hot horseradish sauce
2 tbs. rosemary needles or 1 tsp. dried
1 1/2 tbs. red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs. port
1 cup creme fraiche of sour cream
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/3 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped chives
Cut the beef into 1″ squares and put into a resealable bag or large bowl. Add 1 tbs. of the horseradish, the rosemary, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and port. Combine well and set aside for at least 20 minutes, or chill overnight.
Let the meat come to room temperature if it was chilled. Soak about 10 bamboo skewers in water at the same time, then thread 3 – 4 pieces of meat onto each.
Make the dip by whisking together the creme fraiche or sour cream with the remaining horseradish, mustard, salt and most of the chives. Place in a bowl and sprinkle the remaining chives on top. Set aside.
Heat a grill or griddle and cook the skewers for 2 minutes per side for rare, then remove to a plate. Serve with the horseradish dip.
As with any stew, this will taste better if made the day before and reheated.
2 tbs. garlic-infused olive oil
1 cup cubed bacon
1 leek, finely sliced
12 skinless chicken thighs
750ml Riesling wine
10 oz. oyster mushrooms, torn into steps (4 cups)
3 bay leaves
2-3 tbs. heavy cream
1-2 tbs. chopped fresh dill
Heat the oil in a heavy casserole or large, wide pan and fry the bacon until crisp. Add the leeks and soften for a few minutes. Tip in the chicken, wine, mushrooms and bay leaves. Season well and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 35-40 minutes. Stir in the cream and sprinkle with the dill to serve.
These savory potatoes are the perfect to serve alongside almost anything.
1 1/2 lbs. baking potatoes (about 3 average-sized), thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups milk
3 tbs. white wine
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbs. butter
2 tsp. garlic-infused olive oil
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, finely sliced to make 4 cups
Heat the oven to 425°F and butter a shallow baking dish or gratin pan.
Bring the sliced potatoes, milk, white wine and salt and pepper to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are tender.
Melt the butter and olive oil in a skillet over a medium heat and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes.
Pour the mushroom and any juices into the potatoes and stir to mix. Pour in the gratin dish and bake for 45 minutes, until the top is crisp.
This unfussy supper comes together in a jot. The recipe calls for “sun blush” tomatoes, which are half way between fresh and dried and come packed in seasoned oil. However, fresh tomatoes can be used as well, if they are nearer to hand.
2 cups sun blush tomatoes
3 tbs. vodka
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 lb. fusilli or other short pasta
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
chopped fresh parsley
flaked Parmesan cheese, to serve
Put a large pot of water on to boil.
Chop the tomatoes and put them in a bowl and toss with the vodka, salt and sugar. Leave this to steep while you cook the fusilli.
Salt the pasta water and cook the fusilli according the the package directions. Drain and put it back into the pot with the mascarpone, the tomato mixture and half of the chopped parsley. Mix together well. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with the remaining parsley and the Parmesan cheese.
This savory bake is perfect for brunch because everything is done the night before.
6 slices multi-grain brown bread
1/3 cup dijon mustard
4 oz. Gruyere cheese slices
3 slices ham (3 oz.)
1 tsp. kosher salt ot 1/2 tsp. table salt
1/3 cup whole milk
4 tbs. grated Gruyere cheese
good sprinkling of Worcestershire sauce
Spread the mustard on the bread slices and make sandwiches with the sliced cheese and ham. Cut each in half making two triangles. Squish the sandwiches into a baking dish approx. 10 x 8″.
Beat together the eggs, salt and milk, then pour over the sandwiches. Cover and chill overnight.
Heat the oven to 400°F. Sprinkle the sandwiches with the grated cheese and sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce. Bake for 25 minutes.
The taste of autumn in a lovely side dish.
4 1/2 lbs. butternut squash
3 tbs. olive oil
6 stalks fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried
1 cup pecans
1 cup crumbled Roquefort or other blue cheese
Heat the oven to 425°F. Halve the squash, leaving the skin on, and scoop out the seeds. Cut into roughly 1″ cubes. Transfer to a roasting tin and toss with the oil and a bit of seasoning. Strip 4 of the thyme leaves over (or sprinkle with all of the dried thyme). Roast for 30-45 minutes, or until tender.
Remove to a serving bowl and scatter over the pecans and cheese. Toss everything together and add the last 2 stalks of fresh thyme, torn into small sprigs, to decorate.
Usually Chicken Cacciatori is a lengthy affair to make. In this version, Nigella has simplified it without losing any of the slow-cooked, cozy, comfort-food qualities.
1 tsp. garlic-infused olive oil
1/2 cup pancetta cubes
6 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, each cut into 4 pieces
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/2 cup white wine
1 x 14 oz. tin chopped tomatos
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 x 14 oz. tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
chopped fresh parsley, to serve
Put the oil in a pan with the pancetta, scallions and rosemary. Sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken, stirring well, and the celery salt. Pour in the wine and let it come to a bubble before adding the tomatoes, bay leaves and sugar. Put the lid on and let the pan simmer for 20 minutes.
Uncover, and add the beans. Cook for a bit longer, then serve with the parsley sprinkled on top.
This lovely recipe is perfect for a busy day – it comes together in mere moments, but tastes very sophisticated.
2 tsp. garlic-infused olive oil
2 ham steaks
2 tbs. white wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
lots of freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. honey
1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
Heat a largish and add the oil. Cook the ham steaks for 3 minutes per side, then remove to two warmed dinner plates.
Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the vinegar, water, pepper, honey and most of the parsley. Swirl it around, scrape up any browned bits, then pour over the ham steaks. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve.
Delightful and delicious with crisp strips of red pepper or any crudite.
1 14 oz. tin chickpeas
1 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers
2 tbs. cream cheese
2 tbs. garlic-infused olive oil
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. paprika
Drain the chickpeas and red peppers and place them in a food processor. Add the cream cheese, olive oil, lime juice and paprika.
Whiz into a hummus-like puree, then add salt to taste and perhaps a bit more lime juice if needed.
These are not just any cocktail sausages. The sesame oil, honey and soy sauce give them a sweet-savory stickiness that is nearly impossible to resist.
2 1/4 lbs. cocktail sausages (apprize. 75)
1/2 cup honey
2 tbs. sesame oil
2 tbs. soy sauce
Heat the oven to 425°F.
Separate the links if they are joined and arrange in a shallow roasting tin. Whisk together the honey, sesame oil and soy sauce and pour over the sausages, mixing them about well.
Roast for 25-30 minutes, giving them a shuffle half way through.