DIY Christmas Cauliflower Casserole

 

A perfect dish to make ahead for Christmas morning, or any time of year. The recipe is great if you are looking for something comforting without too much fuss. The recipe sautés cauliflower with mushrooms and green pepper before adding milk, Swiss cheese and pimientos for a comfort dish with a twist.

The recipe requires 1 hour preparation and cooking time, and can serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Goat milk
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 jar sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • paprika, optional

 

Directions:

  • In a large pot, cook cauliflower in a small amount of water for 6-7 minutes or until tender but not soggy. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan heat the butter and sauté the green pepper and mushrooms for 2 minutes.
  • Add the flour and gradually stir in the goat milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheese. Add the pimientos and salt.
  • Place half the cooked cauliflower at the base of a casserole dish.
  • Pour half the cream sauce on top.
  • Layer more cauliflower on the rest of it and then finish with more sauce.
  • Bake uncovered at 325ºF for 25 minutes.

*You can sprinkle paprika or cheese on top when it bakes, if desired.

 

Nutritional facts:

The Christmas Cauliflower Casserole contains 153 Calories per serving; – Fat 9g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 448mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Sugars 5g, Fiber 3g, Protein 7g.

 
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DIY Homemade Double-baked Souffles with Walnut Salad

 

From  salads to fancy tarts, the goats cheese recipe will give you inspiration for using this tangy, lip-smacking cheese. The goat cheese double-baked soufflés with walnut salad is easy to cook.

The recipe requires less than 30 minutes preparation time, approximately 1 hour cooking time, and can serves 4.

 

       Ingredients for the Soufflés:

 

  • 10 fluid ounces goat milk
  • 1½oz butter, plus extra, melted, for greasing
  • 2oz walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1½oz plain flour
  • 6oz Montchevre goat cheese, or similar firm, log-shaped goats’ cheese, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 free-range eggs, separated, whites whisked until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed
  • 3oz Parmesan cheese, or similar crumbly cows’ milk cheese, finely grated
  • 4 tablespoon double cream

 

Ingredients for the walnut salad:

 

• 2oz butter
• 12 asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed, peeled
• 8 thin slices pancetta, cut into ¾in strips
• 4oz walnut halves
• 4oz mixed salad leaves
• 1 tsp Dijon mustard
• 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

       Directions:

 

  • For the soufflés, preheat the oven to 350F. Brush the insides of four ramekins with melted butter. Add some of the finely chopped walnuts to each ramekin, turn to coat the sides and bottom, then shake out any excess. Set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat until melted. Add the flour, stirring continuously, then continue to cook for a further 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture forms a thick paste. Remove from the heat.
    Gradually add the goatmilk to the pan and whisk until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Return the mixture to the heat and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened. Add the goat cheese and stir until it has melted and the mixture is smooth and well combined. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, beat in the egg yolks one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition, until well combined, then set aside.
  • Beat a third of the stiffened egg whites into the sauce until well combined, then carefully fold in the remaining egg whites with a metal spoon.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared ramekins, tapping the sides gently to remove any large air bubbles.
  • Place the ramekins into a roasting tray. Carefully pour enough boiling water into the roasting tray to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins; it’s a bain-marie.
  • Transfer the bain-marie to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the soufflés have risen and are pale golden-brown and cooked through (the soufflés are cooked through when a skewer inserted into the middle of the soufflés comes out clean). Remove the soufflés from the bain-marie and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Preheat the grill to its highest setting.
  • Carefully turn out each soufflé from its ramekin and place onto a baking tray.
  • Sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese and drizzle over the cream.
  • Grill the soufflés for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is golden-brown and bubbling and the soufflés have heated through.
  • Meanwhile, for the walnut salad, heat 1oz of the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat until melted. Add the asparagus spears, pour over just enough hot water to cover them and bring the water to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the asparagus spears are tender. Drain well and set aside.
  • Heat a separate frying pan until hot, add the remaining butter and the pancetta strips and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until beginning to crisp.
  • Add the walnut halves and cooked asparagus spears and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until golden-brown, then remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
  • Add the fried walnut halves, pancetta strips and asparagus spears to the salad leaves and mix well to combine.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, vinegar and olive oil until well combined. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • To serve, drizzle two thirds of the dressing over the salad and mix well to coat the leaves. Divide the dressed salad leaves equally among four serving plates. Place one twice-baked soufflé alongside each serving. Drizzle the remaining dressing around the edge of each plate.

 



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Easy Puff Pastry Recipe; – Cheese, Apple Tart and Pear

 

 

Goats cheese, apple tart and pear is a simple puff pastry recipe topped with a drizzle of chili lime dressing.

The simple and easy recipe requires 30 minutes to an hour preparation time, approximately 10 to 30 minutes cooking time, and can serves 5.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon goat milk
  • 8 oz. goats’ cheese – log-shaped chevre
  • 14¼ oz. puff pastry
  • 2 cooking apples
  • 2 pears
  • 2 limes – juice only
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 fresh red chili
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • green salad

Directions:

  •   Preheat the oven to 360F.
  •   Roll out the puff pastry to a rectangle slightly larger than a sheet of A4 paper.
  •   Place the pastry on a greased baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  •   Peel, core and finely slice the apples and pears and toss with half the lime juice.
  •   Using a hot, wet, sharp knife, cut the chevre in half lengthways.
  •   Finely slice the chevre into thin, half-moon shapes.
  •   Beat together the egg white and the goat milk.
  •   Take the puff pastry rectangle and brush the egg white mixture around its edges.
  •   Place alternate slices of apple and pear in neat lines across the rectangle, leaving a  2cm (¾in) gap of pastry        around the edge.
  •   Place the chevre slices so that they overlap with the fruit slices.
  •   Bake the fruit tart for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is crisp, the fruit is golden and     the goats’ cheese has          browned.
  •   Meanwhile, using a mortar and pestle, grind together the chili and sugar to form a    paste.
  •   Mix in the remaining lime juice, olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper and mix   together well.
  •   Once the tart is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to rest for five minutes.
  •   Drizzle over the chili lime dressing and serve with a green salad.

 

Nutritional facts:

The Puff Pastry recipe contains 446 Calories per serving; – Fat 29.8g, Protein 9.3g, Carbohydrates 33.6g, Sugars 17.1g, Fibre 2.4g, Sodium 0.5g.

 

 

 


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DIY Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

 

 

Creamy and cheesy!

This is one of the best homemade scalloped potatoes with cheese, garlic and rosemary.

The recipe requires 25 minutes preparation time, approximately 45 minutes cooking time, and can serves 6, and is  easy, quick and impressive.

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup goat milk
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed with peels on*
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  • With a sharp chef’s knife, slice the potatoes into very thin slices, 1/8-inch-thick or less. Place the potatoes in a   large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with the minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat the slices    as evenly as you can.
  • Spread 1/3 of the potato slices in the bottom of the prepared dish. Crumble half of the goat cheese over the  top. Repeat with the next 1/3 of the potatoes, then the remaining goat cheese, then finish by layering on the final third of the potatoes. The potatoes may discard some liquid as they rest in the bowl. If this happens,  simply leave the liquid in the bottom bowl and shake the potato slices gently in your hands to remove excess  liquid before layering them in the dish.
  • Pour the milk evenly over the top of the dish, then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Cover the dish with foil, bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for 15 additional minutes, until the top has browned. Scatter the rosemary over the top. Serve hot.

*Nutritional facts:

The Scalloped Potatoes contains 243 Calories per serving; – Carbohydrates 30g, Protein 9g, Fat 14g, Saturated fat 6g, Cholesterol 17mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 2g.


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Easy Crispy Goat Cheese Wantons with Chili Sauce Recipe – DIY

 

The most inspired Asian, Chinese recipe to try!

If you have the bare minimum Asian condiments in your kitchen, like soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, hot chili sauce, hoisin sauce,  you can use a little of that tasting as you go.

I prefer to mix together all kinds of interesting and varied sauces on a whim, as I go.

 

Ingredients for the wantons:

 

Ingredients for the chili sauce:

  • 2 parts soy sauce
  • 1 part sesame oil
  • 1 part rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 part Honey
  • 1/2 part hot chili sauce
  • sesame seeds for garnish

 

Directions:

  • First make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients together with a whisk. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Heat two inches of oil in a 2 quart saucepan to about 350 degrees.
  • Put a small dab of goat cheese in the center of each wanton wrapper. Run a wet finger around the edge and fold the wanton in half diagonally. Press with your fingers to seal the dough.
  • Bring the two outer corners up and overlap them, sealing with a bit of water. You can also leave the wantons in a triangle shape, if you desire.
  • Drop the wantons in the hot oil and let fry for about a minute to a minute and a half, just until they are golden and crispy. Flip them halfway through. Drain on a paper towel.
  • And serve hot with the chili dipping sauce on the side.

 

This is the appetizer everyone goes wild for!

* Sweet chili dipping sauce would go great with the crispy wontons, as well.

 


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