2695. MOUSSE of PETITS POIS with CRISP BACON and ONION RINGS

serves six

Mousse
3 sheets leaf gelatine
200 grams petit pois
1 bunches fresh mint
1 pinches sugar
75 ml double cream

Onion rings
6 rings of onions
100 grams flour
1 egg, beaten
50 grams breadcrumbs

Garlic croutons
6 croutons
2 tablespoons garlic oil

To serve
6 rashers of streaky bacon

For the mousse: place the gelatine leaves into a tray of cold water for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Bring the water to the boil in a saucepan, then add the peas and mint and boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Transfer to a blender and blend to a smooth purée. While the purée is still hot, remove the gelatine leaves from the water, squeeze out any excess moisture and add to the purée and blend again. Pass the purée through a sieve into a bowl, then season to taste with sugar, salt and pepper. Set aside to cool completely, about 30 minutes. When the purée is set, whip the double cream to soft peaks and fold it into the purée. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to allow the mousse to set completely.

??For the onion rings: heat a frying pan with 1-2cm of oil. Dip the onion rings in the flour, then into the egg then roll in the breadcrumbs to cover. Fry in the oil for 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp. ??

For the garlic croutons: drizzle the croutons with garlic olive oil. ??To serve, spoon the mousse onto a serving plate, top with a slice of crisp bacon and an onion ring and crouton.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Galston Blackiston, Market Kitchen, Good Food Channel, UKTV

Originally posted 2012-09-24 08:54:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2996. PLAICE, EDAM, MUSSEL and BACON CHOWDER

serves 4-6

500 grams fresh mussels, cleaned and checked (optional)
150 ml wine, or water if preferred
1 tablespoon olive oil
115 grams rindless, streaky bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
600 ml vegetable stock
500 grams potatoes, peeled and cubed
350 grams boneless, skinless plaice, cut into small chunks
75 ml double cream
150 grams frozen peas or petit pois
115 grams Edam cheese, cut into small cubes
3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

Place the mussels in a large pan, pour over the wine (or water), cover and cook for about four minutes until all the mussels are open. Drain and reserve the liquid. When cool enough to handle, remove the mussels from their shells. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the bacon for three minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened, about six minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute. Pour in the stock and reserved mussel liquid and bring to the boil. Add the potatoes and simmer for eight minutes. Stir in the plaice and cook for a further three minutes. Pour in the cream, petit pois, mussels and warm through. Stir in the Edam and chives and season to taste. Pour into warm serving bowls and serve with crusty bread. If not keen on mussels then replace with your favourite shellfish such as lobster or crayfish. Simply leave out stage one and add a splash of white wine to the stock.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lesley Waters, Lesley Waters Cookery School, Abbots Hill Farm, Closworth Road, Halstock, Dorset BA22 9SY UK; Aidan Gray, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, July 3, 2008Plaice, Edam, mussel and bacon chowder by Lesley Waters Thursday 3rd July 2008 16:10 Ingredients
(Serves four to six)
500g fresh mussels, cleaned and checked (optional)
150ml wine, or water if preferred
1tbs olive oil
115g rindless, streaky bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
600ml vegetable stock
500g potatoes, peeled and cubed
350g boneless, skinless plaice, cut into small chunks
75ml double cream
150g frozen peas or petit pois
115g Edam cheese, cut into small cubes
3tbs fresh chives, chopped
Method
Place the mussels in a large pan, pour over the wine (or water), cover and cook for about four minutes until all the mussels are open. Drain and reserve the liquid. When cool enough to handle, remove the mussels from their shells.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the bacon for three minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened, about six minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Pour in the stock and reserved mussel liquid and bring to the boil. Add the potatoes and simmer for eight minutes. Stir in the plaice and cook for a further three minutes. Pour in the cream, petit pois, mussels and warm through. Stir in the Edam and chives and season to taste.
Pour into warm serving bowls and serve with crusty bread. If not keen on mussels then replace with your favourite shellfish such as lobster or crayfish. Simply leave out stage one and add a splash of white wine to the stock.
Lesley Waters, owner, Lesley Waters Cookery School, Frome St Quintin, Dorset- See more at: http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/articles/3/7/2008/321943/plaice-edam-mussel-and-bacon-chowder-by-lesley-waters.htm#sthash.WNWb2uTV.dpuf