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  1. sal

    sal One of the Regulars

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    Looking for some suggestions recipes for Christmas dinner this year.
    I would like to do something a little different.
    I am in the US so some things I may not be able to get grocery wise
    Any ideas for the main course?

    Thanks all
     
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  2. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Meat? No meat? Likes, dislikes, traditional or something of a surprise?
     
  3. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Have you heard of Beef Wellington? This version is called Venison Wellington, I have a veggie recipe called Mushroom Wellington. This recipe is taken from one of my cook books, it's a new book and therefore the weights & measures are all metric. We are officially metric, but older folks like me still prefer imperial.

    Ingredients
    700g (1 & half lbs)trimmed loin of venison; 1 generous tbsp olive oil; 1½ tbsp English mustard; 50g(2oz) butter; 1 large shallot, finely chopped;1 garlic clove, crushed; 400g(14oz) chestnut mushroom, very finely chopped in a food processor; 1 tbsp finely chopped thyme leaves; 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley; 2 tbsp brandy; 12 slices prosciutto; plain flour, for dusting; 375g(13oz) pack all-butter puff pastry;2 egg yolks, beaten.

    Firstly, dry the venison with kitchen paper, then season well. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sear the meat all over for about 8 mins. Brush with mustard, leave to cool, then chill for 20 mins. Reserve any juices for the gravy.

    Melt the butter and soften the shallot and garlic. Add the mushrooms, herbs and seasoning, and cook for 10 mins until you have a paste-like mixture. Add the brandy and cook until it’s evaporated. Leave to cool.

    Overlap 2-3 sheets of cling film on a clean surface and lay the prosciutto in 2 rows, slightly overlapping each slice. Spread the cooled mushroom paste all over the prosciutto, creating a thin, even layer.

    Place the fillet in the centre of the mushroom mixture. Using the edge of the cling film, carefully draw the layer of prosciutto and mushroom around the meat.

    Roll into a sausage shape, twisting the ends of the cling film as you do, to form a tight log. Chill for 30 mins to firm up.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry to a rectangle a little larger than a magazine, and trim the edges to neaten.

    Carefully unwrap the prosciutto parcel and lay in the middle of the pastry.

    Fold over the bottom half of the pastry. Lightly brush the rest of the sheet with beaten egg.

    Roll the whole thing around the meat to encase. Neatly fold under the shorter edges to create a parcel.

    Transfer to a baking sheet and, using your hands, smooth the pastry around the meat, pressing it firmly to avoid any air being trapped. Brush the pastry all over with beaten egg yolk.

    Chill for at least 30 mins or up to 24 hrs. Then, using the back of a knife, mark the pastry, being careful not to cut all the way through. Heat oven to 220C/200C (400f)fan/gas 7.

    Lightly oil a non-stick baking tray and heat until hot. Put the Wellington on the tray and bake for 30 mins (35 mins for well done). Remove from oven, brush with extra egg and rest for 20 mins.

    To make venison gravy, melt a large knob of butter in a medium pan, add 1 finely chopped shallot, 1 crushed garlic clove and 1 thyme sprig, and cook until soft. Add 1 tbsp flour, brown for about 1 min, then pour in 250ml Port and reduce by two-thirds. Add 400ml beef stock and any reserved juices from the venison, then reduce again by two-thirds until syrupy. Season, add 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly, if you like, and strain before serving.

    Serve with vegetables of your choice. Try green beans, pearl (baby) potatoes boiled, roast potatoes, cooked in the oven around the meat, garden peas and small carrots.

    If your guests have never eaten venison, when you tell them that it's the meat of the deer, be prepared for the usual corny gags about how much. Everyone thinks that they are the first to joke about deer/dear.
     
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  4. sal

    sal One of the Regulars

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    Meat. Open to any suggestions. Last year did a stuffed tenderloin
     
  5. belfastboy

    belfastboy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    We are cooking Italian cuisine for this Christmas. Antipasta, secondo of radicchio risotto, then small artichoke pizza, main of peppered beef stew and a dessert accompanied by Italian red wines. Interrested? I can send the recipes or rather direct you to where they are online.
     
  6. sal

    sal One of the Regulars

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    Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks
     
  7. belfastboy

    belfastboy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    If you google …"Michael Bonacini's Recipes". The first link that comes up is..."Bonacini's Italy - Recipes-The Loop" That gives you access to all 125 of them from the show. The risotto is on the second or third page...radicchio risotto.
     
  8. AbbaDatDeHat

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    Yummy...venison...venison!!
    You rock GHT!!
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