Archive for December, 2012

Salt Beef- an alternative to Christmas ham?

salt beef

One of our family traditions is to have a Christmas Eve Ham, it’s a great start to the festive feast, we usually enjoy ours with chunks of good bread, some nice cheeses, and pickles. But this year we will be having a succulent joint of salt beef brisket as a suitable alternative.

There a lots of curing recipes out there to cure your own salt beef, but this Devon Ruby Red  joint had already been cured and was from Pipers Farm, so it was simply a case of simmering gently in a large pot for 2 1/2 hours with a couple of carrots, a stick of celery, a halved onion, and a few cloves of garlic. Also pop in a couple a bay leaves, 2 cloves, and half a dozen whole black peppercorns.

You can enjoy simply like this, with mustard and pickles on sourdough, or remove from the pan and roast for 20-30mins with a slather of black cherry jam over the at 200degc, allow to rest for 20-30 minutes, it was perfect served with a rustic mash and some homemade gravy.

salt beef

Dirty Rice with Andouille Sausage

andouille

I seem to have got very lucky in my hit list of new sausages recently, once again my lovely French colleague came up trumps when she mentioned she had an Andouille sausage and would I like to have it to try…….

It’s been on my want to cook with hit list to cook with as it is such an important part of Cajun cooking, but originating from France, it is heavily smoked, and heavy on the use of internal organs of the pig. I sliced into it, and it was very coarse with some lovely fat swirls through it.

I cut it into slices and added it to a pan with a chopped clove of garlic, half a chopped red onion, a few chopped mushrooms, a small orange pepper, a few heads of sprouting broccoli and a handful of skin on red peanuts, I fried this in a little olive oil until starting to brown.

Meanwhile I cooked some rice in a light chicken stock until tender. I added the sausage mixture and a good sprinkle of cajun seasoning, and topped with chopped parsley, a couple of wedges of lime and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.

It went perfectly with a glass of bourbon.

dirtyrice

 

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The BBQ World of mrdodd

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