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Pot Roasted chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, colcannon and a creamy tarragon sauce

6 Oct

Pot Roasted chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, colcannon and a creamy tarragon sauce imageDon’t be scared at the amount of garlic in this deliciously tasty dish, real comfort food, my take on a typical roast chicken.

Ingredients
For the chicken

* 250g shallots 

* 1.5kg whole fresh chicken preferably free range 

* ½ lemon, halved 

* 1 large bay leaf

* 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme

* 25g butter

* 1 tbsp sunflower oil

* 40 garlic cloves unpeeled 

* 150ml/vermouth

* 250ml chicken stock preferably homemade 

* 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves

* 100ml double cream or crème fraîche

* flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



For the colcannon

* 1kg floury potatoes, preferably Maris Piper or King Edward

* 75g butter

* 100g rindless smoked streaky bacon rashers, cut into 2cm/¾in pieces

* 300g fresh kale

* 6 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

* 200ml double cream

* flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method
* Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place the shallots in a heat-proof bowl, cover with just-boiled water and leave to stand for five minutes. This will make the skins easier to remove.


* Remove any string from the chicken and place the lemon and bay leaf inside the cavity. Generously season the chicken inside and out with plenty of flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle with the chopped thyme over all sides. 


* Melt the butter with the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Brown the chicken over a medium-high heat for a couple of minutes on each side. 


* Drain the shallots and, once cool enough to handle, peel off the skin and trim, halving any larger ones. Add the whole garlic cloves and shallots to the casserole, nestling around the chicken.


* Pour over the vermouth and chicken stock. Cover the casserole with a tight-fitting lid and bring the liquid to a simmer on the hob, then transfer to the oven for 1¼ hours, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the garlic is completely softened.
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* Transfer the chicken, garlic and shallots to a warmed platter and cover with a piece of foil and a couple of dry tea towels. Holding the casserole with an oven-cloth, tilt the chicken liquor to one side. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface and discard.

* Return the casserole to the hob and stir in the tarragon and cream (or crème fraîche). Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring. Cook for three minutes. Season to taste and pour into a warmed jug. 


* For the colcannon, peel the potatoes and cut into evenly-sized chunks. Put in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for about 15 minutes, or until very tender. Test with the tip of a knife. Instead of boiling you could use baked potatoes , once baked just scoop out of the skins and mash.


* While the potatoes are cooking, trim the thick stems and cut out much of the tough central vein from each kale leaf. Thinly shred the leaves and wash in a colander under cold running water. Drain.


* Heat 25g/1oz of the butter in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the bacon and kale for four minutes, stirring regularly until the kale is tender. If it is still a little tough after four minutes, add a couple of tablespoons of cold water and continue cooking for a couple of minutes more. Add the spring onions and cook for one minute, stirring. 
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* Drain the potatoes in a large colander and return to the saucepan. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes. Warm the cream and remaining butter in small pan. Mash the cooked potatoes with the cream and milk until smooth and season to taste. Use a set of electric beaters if you want your mash to be really fluffy and light.


* Tip the softened kale into the same pan and stir together until lightly combined. Transfer to a warmed dish.image
* Carve the chicken into chunky pieces and serve with the sauce and colcannon. image
For more info contact; simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com 0031(0)642297107image

Escalopes of salmon with a saffron sorrel sauce, Vichy carrots and creamy mashed potatoes

23 Sep

Escalopes of salmon with a saffron sorrel sauce, Vichy carrots and creamy mashed potatoesimage
A delicious comforting dish from the great Rick Stein that I’ve adapted and added my own touch to. It can be eaten on a week night or can be dressed up for a dinner party, either way it won’t disappointimage
For the salmon and sauce
* 750g skinned, sustainably sourced salmon fillet
* 2 tbsp sunflower oil
* 300ml fish stock (homemade if possible
* 90ml double cream
* 25ml dry vermouth
* 15g sorrel leaves ( if not available just use fresh flat leaf parsley)
* 40g unsalted butter
* 1-2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
* Pinch of saffron

For the Vichy carrots
* 24 baby carrots, trimmed
* 50g/2oz butter
* 4 tbsp water
* 1 tbsp caster sugar
* 2 tbsp chopped parsley

For the mash
* 600g/1lb 5oz King Edward potatoes
* 50g/2oz butter
* 200ml/7floz double cream

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METHOD
* 1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Rub a little oil over each potato and put on the top shelf of the oven. Bake for 20 mins, then turn down the oven to 190C/170C fan/ gas 5 and bake for 45 mins-1 hr more until the skin is crisp and the flesh soft. Remove from the oven. Make a cross in the centre of each potato, scoop out and pass through a potato ricer add the cream and butter, season to taste, keep warm until serving

* 2. Halve any large carrots and place in a large saucepan with the butter, sugar and a pinch of salt. Cover the carrots half way with water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until just tender. Turn up the heat and cook until the water has evaporated and you’re left with a buttery glaze. This will take 5-10 minutes. Stir in the parsley and season

* 3. Remove any bones from the salmon fillet with tweezers. Using a sharp filleting knife, cut the salmon at an angle of about 45 degrees into 12 wide slices (known as escalopes). Lay them on a lightly oiled baking sheet, brush with a little more oil and season with salt.

* 4. Put the fish stock, half the cream and the vermouth into a medium pan and boil briskly until reduced by three quarters (it will take 15-20 minutes). Meanwhile, wash the sorrel leaves, remove the stalks and finely shred the leaves. Set aside. Heat the grill to high.

* 5. When the fish stock and cream mixture has reduced to the required amount, add the rest of the cream, the butter and lemon juice. Reduce a little more until it forms a thick, creamy, rich sauce.

* 6. Grill the salmon escalopes for 1 minute on each side in a hot pan with oil image

* 7. To serve, lay 3-4 salmon slices on warmed plates, pour over some of the buttery sauce, sprinkle generously with sorrel and serve with the carrots and potatoimage

For more information don’t hesitate to contact me;
simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com 0031(0)642297107image

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