If you like cheese, you are in for a treat.
This recipe makes the loveliest starter for a dinner party. It is nice, it is tasty and it is light – all the things you want in a starter. Camembert is a delicious creamy cheese in its own right and by coating it with breadcrumbs and frying it, you get a lovely crusty outside and a soft and creamy inside… just yum!
To make a starter for 4 people, you will need:
4 people (ha! I know, I am hilarious!)
1 big cake of Camembert cheese cut into wedges
1 beaten egg
For the sauce:
190 g Jar of cranberry sauce
Zest and juice of ½ orange
Approximately 1 pint or 500ml of vegetable oil, heated to 180C in a heavy bottomed pan.
Cut the Camembert cheese into wedges. Dip each piece into a bowl with the beaten egg and straight onto to the bread crumbs making sure they are all coated evenly. Let them rest and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
To make the sauce, mix the cranberry sauce, orange juice and zest in a bowl. You can have the sauce warm by warming it slightly in a saucepan while frying the cheese but cold is also works a treat.
Heat the vegetable oil to 180C and deep fry the Camembert for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and delicious. Remove it and place it in a plate with some kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
Serve the breaded cheese with the sauce and a side leafy salad dressed with a light vinaigrette.
This is the kind of starter that you can prepare in advance and just fry as your guests are just sitting at the table. You’re guest will love it. And if the don’t, they don’t deserve to be your friends… get better ones, you totally deserve it… I am only joking…
Invite friends and see what they think and if they deserve to be your friends…;-)
Happy Friday lovely people. Today I am very excited! It is a long weekend here in Ireland and the Riverfest in on in Limerick this weekend! Big Yay!! We have the Great Limerick Run, barbacues, artisan markets, friends coming over… I am so happy! But before my brain shuts down with excitement (it happens a lot unfortunately) I better get on with today’s post.
I have mentioned before how much our family loves creating new traditions. A couple of years ago, we started having Cinema Nights on Friday where, at the end of the day, we would all pick a film and sit down and watch it with popcorn and a hot chocolate as a family. Shortly after, cinema night developed into Pizza and Cinema Night. It was lovely and cosy, proper quality family time. We would all make the pizza together and then sit down to enjoy the film as a family.
As years passed by, the kids started inviting their friends in for cinema night, so slowly but surely Mr B and I have been relegated to the kitchen. Although it was hard at first, we realise that this is healthy and part of growing up. We still have plenty of quality family time and we still all make the pizzas together which is very important to us.
This pizza recipe is easy and simple and there is no resting time for the dough so you can make it with the kids from start to finish in one go.
EASY PIZZA RECIPE
375 gr of plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon caster sugar
7 gr dried active yeast
2 tbspoon olive oil
225ml warm water
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the oil and the warm water. With circular movement start mixing the ingredients. Dust a surface with some flour and transfer the mix into in and knead until you have a dough ball. Cut the ball into 4 equal parts and roll them out on to a large pizza pan. Top as desired. Bake in a hot oven at 190 degrees Celcius for about 20 minutes if it is a fan assisted oven or 20-25 minutes for others.
The boys favorite toppings are cheese and chorizo/pepperoni/salami…
Mr B and I try to be a bit more sophisticated and we are working towards the perfect calzone pizza
Whatever it is that you like, it will be comforting, healthy and simple – everything that you need on a Friday. Maybe even with a glass of wine?
Have a wonderful weekend.