Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St Patrick's Day

Looking for a hearty Irish recipe for St Patrick's Day? Try this delicious sausages and champ mash with eschalot gravy recipe from Taste.

Serves 4

1.5kg potatoes (such as pontiac or desiree), peeled, chopped
1/4 cup (60ml) thickened cream
2 tbs Dijon mustard
150g unsalted butter
4 spring onions (pale part only), finely chopped
1 tbs each olive oil and plain flour
12 pork chipolata sausages (or 8 regular thin pork sausages)
8 eschalots (200g total), thinly sliced
1/2 cup (125ml) red wine
1 1/2 cups (375ml) good-quality beef stock (see note)
Flat-leaf parsley leaves, to garnish

1. Cook potato in boiling salted water for 12-15 minutes until tender. Drain, then return to pan with cream, 1 tbs mustard and 120g butter. Mash until smooth. Stir in onion and season. Cover and keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Prick sausages with a skewer. Fry, turning, for 6-8 minutes until cooked through and browned. Transfer to a tray and keep warm in a 160°C oven.
3. Drain all but 1 tbs oil from pan and return to medium heat. Cook eschalot and cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add flour, stir for 30 seconds, then add wine and stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until thick. Whisk in remaining mustard and butter until well combined. Serve sausages on mash, pour over gravy and garnish with parsley. 

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