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    Sunday, April 03, 2011

    Red Cabbage Slaw, Potato Pie, Burgers - Food Fit for a Birthday Dinner

    Birthday Dinner
    The Excellent thing about this Menu you can prepare everything ahead.

    We had a dinner for the Beloved's Birthday on Sunday. Thinking of what delights to feed the Family, I came across and older blog which featured a couple of substantial Salads. Good for a crowd
    Flounder Scapece and A Poached Tuna Salad
    Click here for recipes for these dishes. meanwhile to accompany these Salads, I wanted to serve Cheesy Potato Pie.
    I saw Chef Michael Smith on his 'Chef at Home' programme, On Food TV, demonstrate this delicious looking pie.
    Basically its really just a different version of Potatoes Dauphinois.
    I have been working on this pie... in fact I have made it about 4 times in the last 2 weeks and
    By George I think I have finally 'got' it.
    You need a pan which will go into the oven or a Springform Cake tin will do.

    Its important to heat the pan and also to heat the cream and milk mix. This kicks off the cooking process and helps to get a nice crust.
    One hint, place the potatoes inside the pan it will give you an idea how many to use
    I've found it's important to pre bake the potatoes. Michael Smith didn't do that, but I found it all tasted a tad raw. So I baked them skin on.

    Potato Pie

     6 med to large potatoes
    1 cup cream
    1/2 cup full cream milk
    Sea salt, Freshly ground black pepper
    Good grind nutmeg
    1/2 cup grated Gruyere
    1/2 cup tasty grated Cheddar cheese
    A little oil to grease the pan

    Bake potatoes at 180C approx 50 minutes
    Remove from oven and set aside to cool
    When cool enough to handle
    Peel and Grate the potatoes

    Pre heat the oven to 170C
    Grease the pan and into the oven about 5 minutes to get it good and hot

    In a pot bring the Cream, and milk to simmer
    Season with S & P and nutmeg
    Add grated potatoes
    Gently mix to coat all of the potatoes
    Keep them slowly heating for a minute or two
    Add grated cheese,

    Stir again and pour into hot pan

    This will take at least an hour to cook
    Let it cool before unmolding
    Just reheat about 10 minutes in 180C oven
    Now here's a couple of ideas for leftovers
    Grilled Tomatoes topped with a perfectly poached egg on Top
    Another night just accompanied with some beautiful Organic Bacon
    So, I was worried that I didn't have enough food, so I whipped up a little Focaccio
    What to do with leftovers from the bread
    Make Breadcrumbs of course
    Now how about a Vege Salad
    Red Cabbage Slaw. 
    This was beautiful and worth making, it improves with time in the fridge.
    I took this picture just a short time ago and of course had a taste.

    1/2 Red Cabbage finely sliced
    1 red chili finely chopped

    For the dressing
    1/4 Cup Sour cream
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1/2 cup gherkins chopped
    1 Tablespoon of Gherkin Juice
    1 Tablespoon sugar,
    Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper

    Pour over cabbage and chili

    Place in Fridge...At least for 4 hours
    The longer the better really.

    You may have noticed the Grandchildren up there Top of Page.
    Well they weren't too interested in 'My Menu'
    So Burgers for them
    Alex Guarnaschelli, Star of 'Alex's Day Off' currently screening on Food TV
    Inspired me. The Red Cabbage Slaw was her recipe and also the mix for the Burgers
    This is excellent.
    Got lots of hidden vegetables in there...
    Sour Cream instead of an egg to bind
    and Breadcrumbs which soften the burger.

    I used
    1 kg of best beef mince
    1 carrot
    1 stalk celery
    1 medium onion
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup breadcrumbs
    Sea salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

    2 tablespoons Rice bran oil
    Place carrot. celery and onion into food processor
    Blitz to a paste.
    Place into a pan with Rice Bran Oil

    Season meat with S & P
    Add Mayo and breadcrumbs,
    Then cooked vege

    Mix well and shape into Burger

    Grill in hot pan
    Add sliced cheese on top after turning them
    Place on a warmed bun with some Tomato Ketchup and Mayo
    Slice of Tomato on top and anything else you need for an excellent Burger
    Pop on the Bun Hat
    It was very popular. They ate it all up
    I also served them a slice of Potato Pie
    Good choice Grandma
    Next Blog...what to do with the leftover. Burger Mix.

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