Monday, 16 June 2008

Calves' Liver with Blacksticks Blue Cheese and Parma Ham

9th June 2008

Unable to keep away from the offal delight, Howie has returned to his roots to live "up North". Unfortunately the downside was having to move back in with his Mum - it'll never last.


Location: Simon's house

Member's present: Howie, Simon, Jason, John B


Blue cheese dumplings

(from Gary Rhodes, New British Classics)

1 kg Potatoes, skin on
175g Blacksticks Blue cheese
175 g Plain flour
1 Egg
1 Egg yolk
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

  • Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes, allow to cool aslightly and peel then mash.
  • Add the cheese until melted in, then the flour and eggs. Season. Add a touch of grated nutmeg.
  • Roll mixture into 2 cm balls then poach in simmering water for 3-4 minutes (tip - when ready the dumplings will rise to the surface).
  • Transfer into iced water, then refrigerate until ready.
  • Prepare the dumplings by gently pan frying in a little olive oil with a knob of butter until golden.

Calves' Liver with Parma Ham and Blue cheese sauce

(from Gary Rhodes, New British Classics)

4 slabs of calves liver
4 pieces of parma ham
100 g Butter unsalted
1 Shallot, chopped
1 Bay leaf
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 Glass white wine
100 ml Chicken stock
2 Tbsp Single cream
50 g Blacksticks Blue cheese

  • Fry the liver for a couple of minutes each side then do the same with the parma ham.
  • Melt a small knob of butter and soften the shallot with the bay leaf.
  • Add the white wine vinegar and reduce by three quarters. Add the stock and reduce by half. Add the single cream then add the rest of the butter a little at a time. Add the chopped cheese and simmer gently so as not to separate the cheese.
  • Season, strain through a seive and serve.

Accompanying wine:
Campo Viejo reserva

Post-offal entertainment: Halo 3 multiplayer; Wii tennis and bowling.

Quote of the night:

"AAAAAARGH" Simon after John B spilt red wine on his new white sofa.

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH" Simon after Jason spilt red wine on his new white (albeit now slightly red) sofa.

Next venue: Mark's house (but he keeps promising....)

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