Simple Christmas Starter….. Recipe from Donal Skehan

BlueCheeseSouffle

These make a very elegant Christmas starter and are quite easy to prepare. You can make these ahead of time and they will puff up again when you place them back in the oven.

Serves 6 individual portions
160g of blue cheese
40g self raising flour
40g of butter
340ml of milk
3 large eggs, separated
1 small onion cut in half
1 bay leaf
3 black pepper corns
A pinch of grated nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and flour 6 ramekins.

Pour the milk into a small pot and add the onion, bay leaf, peppercorns and grated nutmeg. Bring to a steady simmer slowly, then remove from the heat and strain into a pyrex jug.

Melt butter, in a small pot and add the flour to make a roux, whisking until it’s comined. Slowly add the warm milk until you have added it all and are left with a thick white sauce.

Transfer the sauce to a mixing bowl. Then whisk in the egg yolks and 3/4 of the cheese. Beat the egg whites until light and fluffy and forming soft peaks.
Divide the mixture amongst the ramekins and place in roasting tin.

Pour boiling water around the base of the ramekins and place in the oven for 15 minutes until risen.
Serve straight away in the ramekins or allow to cool slightly and remove from the ramekins and place on a lined baking sheet.

At this point you can keep the ramekins to serve the following day if you wish.  Just add a sprinkle of extra blue cheese and place in the oven to puff to puff back up!

Serve with a crisp winter salad!

Source: http://www.donalskehan.com

Asian Chicken Salad with Chilli, Ginger and Lime Dressing …. Recipes by Chef Donal Skehan

 

Asian Chicken Salad

Packed with tasty ingredients, this recipe is perfect for entertaining. You can prepare all the ingredients separately, stick them in the fridge and assemble the salad when your guests arrive. Don’t be afraid to add other vegetables here, peppers, cucumber, spring onions and bean sprouts are all tasty additions.

Serves 4
Marinade:
2 tablespoon of soy sauce
Juice of lime
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
red chilli, finely chopped
thumb sized piece of ginger minced

Dressing:
3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
Juice of lime
2 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
red chilli, finely chopped
thumb sized piece of ginger minced

Salad:
4 chicken breasts, sliced thinly into strips
1 Chinese cabbage, slice thinly
3 carrots, sliced thinly
1 red onion, sliced thinly
100g of sugar snap peas, sliced thinly
100g of chopped peanuts to serve
A handful of chopped coriander to serve

Add the chicken strips to a mixing bowl with the marinade ingredients and mix through.  Cover and place in the fridge while you prepare the salad and dressing.

In a small bowl add all the ingredients for the dressing and whisk to combine.

Place the Chinese cabbage, carrots, red onion, and sugar snap peas in a large salad bowl.  Add half the dressing and combine until all the vegetables are well coated.

Fry the chicken strips until golden brown and cooked through. Approximately 2 minutes either side.

Serve the salad in individual bowls topped with the chicken, a sprinkling of chopped peanuts, a little chopped coriander and a extra drizzle of the dressing.

Source: http://www.donalskehan.com