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Fennel, cauliflower and truffle soup with gruyere croutons

Fennel, cauliflower and truffle soup with gruyere croutons

SERVES
6
COOK TIME
1.5
PREP TIME
15
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Tags Gruyere, Soup, Truffle
Collections Winter

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb (approx. 900g), cut into 2cm chunks & reserve fronds for later
  • 1 cauliflower (approx. 900g), cut into small florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 2 leeks washed & finely sliced
  • 1 L chicken stock
  • 2 large potatoes (approx. 450g), peeled & diced into 2cm cubes
  • 125 ml sour cream
  • 2 tsp garlic & truffle salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Gruyere & fennel seed croutons
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Gruyere
  • 1 tsp lemon thyme
  • 1 sourdough baguette, sliced

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Place the fennel, cauliflower & garlic together in a large mixing bowl with two tablespoons of olive oil & toss together until well coated.
  3. Divide the fennel mixture between two baking trays & roast in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven & peel off garlic skins.
  4. Heat remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add leeks, cover & cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  5. Add the roasted vegetables, stock & potatoes to the saucepan. Increase the heat to medium, cover & cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Using a stick blender, puree soup until smooth.
  7. Chop reserved fennel fronds & add to soup with sour cream, truffle salt & pepper, stirring until well combined.
  8. To make the croutons, lightly grill the baguette slices on one side.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the fennel seeds, Gruyere & thyme together in a small mixing bowl.
  10. Turn the toasts over & evenly divide the cheese mixture between them.
  11. Place back under the grill until the cheese has melted.

three ways with fennel:

  1. To braise fennel, slice 3 medium fennel bulbs about 1cm thick. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large sauté pan & cook fennel until golden. Add 1 chopped clove garlic, 1 chopped red chilli, salt & pepper & 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cover & bake in 160°C oven for 1 hour.
  2. For a delicious salad, ake 1 smoked trout & nely slice a small fennel bulb, a green apple, 2 baby beetroot & 3 spring onions. Toss together in a salad bowl with 2 tablespoons chopped dill or fennel fronds. For the dressing combine 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated horseradish, salt & pepper.
  3. For a great side dish, trim & cut 4 fennel bulbs into wedges. Place in a pot of boiling water, cook for 5 minutes, then drain. In a mixing bowl combine 1 crushed clove garlic, 250ml cream, salt, pepper & a pinch of nutmeg, stirring to combine. Arrange fennel in a large ovenproof dish & pour over cream mixture. Top with the 50g grated Parmesan, then bake in 180°C oven for 20 minutes or until golden.

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Fennel, cauliflower & truffle soup with gruyere croutons
Recipe Notes
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Place the fennel, cauliflower & garlic together in a large mixing bowl with two tablespoons of olive oil & toss together until well coated.
  3. Divide the fennel mixture between two baking trays & roast in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven & peel off garlic skins.
  4. Heat remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add leeks, cover & cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  5. Add the roasted vegetables, stock & potatoes to the saucepan. Increase the heat to medium, cover & cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Using a stick blender, puree soup until smooth.
  7. Chop reserved fennel fronds & add to soup with sour cream, truffle salt & pepper, stirring until
    well combined.
  8. To make the croutons, lightly grill the baguette slices on one side.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the fennel seeds, Gruyere & thyme together in a small mixing bowl.
  10. Turn the toasts over & evenly divide the cheese mixture between them.
  11. Place back under the grill until the cheese has melted.

three ways with fennel:

  1. To braise fennel, slice 3 medium fennel bulbs about 1cm thick. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in
    a large sauté pan & cook fennel until golden. Add 1 chopped clove garlic, 1 chopped red chilli, salt & pepper & 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cover & bake in 160°C oven for 1 hour.
  2. For a delicious salad, ake 1 smoked trout & nely slice a small fennel bulb, a green apple, 2 baby beetroot & 3 spring onions. Toss together in a salad bowl with 2 tablespoons chopped dill or fennel fronds. For the dressing combine 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated horseradish, salt & pepper.
  3. For a great side dish, trim & cut 4 fennel bulbs into wedges. Place in a pot of boiling water, cook for 5 minutes, then drain. In a mixing bowl combine 1 crushed clove garlic, 250ml cream, salt, pepper & a pinch of nutmeg, stirring to
    combine. Arrange fennel in a large ovenproof dish & pour over cream mixture. Top with the 50g grated Parmesan, then bake in 180°C oven for 20 minutes or until golden.
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Asparagus & leek tart

Asparagus & leek tart

SERVES
4-6
COOK TIME
40
PREP TIME
15
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Tags Asparagus, Tart
Collections Quick & Easy, Spring

INGREDIENTS

  • 375 g pack all butter puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked, to glaze
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 leeks, washed, tops removed & finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & finely slice
  • 200 g goats curd
  • 1/2 cup cherval, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed & blanched

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place pastry sheet on prepared baking tray. Using a sharp knife gently score a border 2cm from the edge, being careful not to cut through the pastry. If you fancy, score a design around the edge to add a personal touch to your nished tart. Using a fork dock (prick) the centre of the pastry all over.
  3. Using a pastry brush carefully brush the border & centre with egg wash & refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over a medium heat. Add leeks & garlic & cook for 5 minutes or until leeks are soft. Remove from heat & allow to cool.
  5. Place the prepared tart shell in preheated oven & cook for 15 minutes.
  6. While the tart shell is cooking, combine cooked leeks with goats curd, gruyere, cherval, salt & pepper together in a medium mixing bowl, stirring until well combined.
  7. In a separate bowl toss the blanched asparagus with the remaining olive oil & season with salt & pepper.
  8. Remove tart shell from the oven & reduce heat to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Carefully cut around the scored border & gently push the centre down & spread the leek mixture evenly over the centre.
  9. Top with the asparagus. Return tart to the oven & cook for a further 20 minutes or until the filling is heated through.
Serve tart with a mixed leaf salad.

three ways with asparagus

  1. Toss asparagus & Haloumi slices in olive oil & chargrill on barbecue. Serve with lemon juice, salt & pepper.
  2. For a cheats hollandaise sauce to serve with asparagus, place 3 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt & a pinch cayenne pepper together in a food processor, process until combined. Slowly add 150g melted butter, while blender is on. The sauce will thicken, the more butter you add.
  3. For a simple salad, blanch 2 bunches of asparagus & toss with a handful each of baby rocket leaves, walnuts, basil leaves, 1/3 cup shaved parmesan, juice of lemon, salt, pepper & olive oil.

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Asparagus & leek tart
Recipe Notes
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place pastry sheet on prepared baking tray. Using a sharp knife gently score a border 2cm from the edge, being careful not to cut through the pastry.
    If you fancy, score a design around the edge to add a personal touch to your nished tart. Using a fork dock (prick) the centre of the pastry all over.
  3. Using a pastry brush carefully brush the border & centre with egg wash & refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over a medium heat. Add leeks & garlic & cook for
    5 minutes or until leeks are soft. Remove from heat & allow to cool.
  5. Place the prepared tart shell in preheated oven & cook for 15 minutes.
  6. While the tart shell is cooking, combine cooked leeks with goats curd, gruyere, cherval, salt & pepper together in a medium mixing bowl, stirring until well combined.
  7. In a separate bowl toss the blanched asparagus with the remaining olive oil & season with salt & pepper.
  8. Remove tart shell from the oven & reduce heat to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Carefully cut around the scored border & gently push the centre down & spread the leek mixture evenly over the centre.
  9. Top with the asparagus. Return tart to the oven & cook for a further 20 minutes or until the filling is heated through.

Serve tart with a mixed leaf salad.

three ways with asparagus

  1. Toss asparagus & Haloumi slices in olive oil & chargrill on barbecue.
    Serve with lemon juice, salt & pepper.
  2. For a cheats hollandaise sauce to serve with asparagus, place 3 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt & a pinch cayenne pepper together in a food processor, process until combined. Slowly add 150g melted butter, while blender is on. The sauce will thicken, the more butter you add.
  3. For a simple salad, blanch 2 bunches of asparagus & toss with a handful each of baby rocket leaves, walnuts, basil leaves, 1/3 cup shaved parmesan, juice of lemon, salt, pepper & olive oil.
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Prawn Cocktail & Avocado Salsa Lettuce Cups

Prawn Cocktail & Avocado Salsa Lettuce Cups

SERVES
15
COOK TIME
-
PREP TIME
15mins
DIFFICULTY
Easy
Tags Avocado, Christmas, Prawns
Collections Family, Quick & Easy, Special occasion, Summer

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 grams medium sized Spencer Gulf cooked prawns, peeled, halved lengthways and cleaned
  • 2-3 baby Cos lettuces, outside leaves separated
  • Chervil, to garnish
  • Cocktail Sauce
  • 1/3 cup egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tspn fresh horseradish (or horseradish cream), finely grated
  • 1/4 tspn Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tblspn tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tspn lemon juice
  • Tobasco sauce, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Avacado Salsa
  • 1/2 large avocado, peeled, destoned and finely diced
  • 1/2 Lebanese cucumber, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 tblspn basil leaves, shredded
  • 1 tblspn chervil leaves
  • 1 tblspn chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tspn lemon juice
  • salt flakes
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

METHOD

  1. For the cocktail sauce, combine the mayonnaise, horseradish, Worstershire sauce, tomato sauce and lemon juice together, stirring until well combined. Add a good dash of tobasco sauce to taste and season with pepper.
  2. Place two thirds of sauce in a separate mixing bowl with peeled prawns, stirring to combine. Set both aside until required.
  3. For the avocado salsa, carefully combine avocado, cucumber, basil, chervil, chives, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl, stirring gently to combine.
  4. To serve, place 15 baby cos lettuce leaves on a serving platter. With the remaining cocktail sauce, place 1 teaspoon of sauce in the centre of each lettuce leaf. Evenly divide prawns between lettuce leaves, top with avocado salsa and garnish with extra chervil leaves.

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Prawn Cocktail & Avocado Salsa Lettuce Cups
Recipe Notes
  1. For the cocktail sauce, combine the mayonnaise, horseradish, Worstershire sauce, tomato sauce and lemon juice together, stirring until well combined. Add a good dash of tobasco sauce to taste and season with pepper.
  2. Place two thirds of sauce in a separate mixing bowl with peeled prawns, stirring to combine. Set both aside until required.
  3. For the avocado salsa, carefully combine avocado, cucumber, basil, chervil, chives, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl, stirring gently to combine.
  4. To serve, place 15 baby cos lettuce leaves on a serving platter. With the remaining cocktail sauce, place 1 teaspoon of sauce in the centre of each lettuce leaf. Evenly divide prawns between lettuce leaves, top with avocado salsa and garnish with extra chervil leaves.
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