Creamy spinach and sausage spaghetti

This is a real comfort dish, the soothing creaminess of the spinach paired with whatever flavor sausage you prefer. Thank you to Delicious Magazine for this recipe. I love sharing recipes I find online!

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Serves 3 to 4

12 oz spaghetti (or other pasta)
1 medium red onion
2 garlic cloves
4 good quality sausages
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
6 oz frozen spinach, defrosted
3oz crème fraîche
1 good sized lemon
Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then add the spaghetti and cook for 9-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving a 4 tablespoons of the pasta water.

Meanwhile, finely slice the onion and garlic and roughly chop the sausages into bite-size pieces. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and gently fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and sausages and cook for 2 minutes, then add the mustard and spinach. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then stir in the crème fraîche.

Zest the lemon, then stir into the sauce along with the pasta and reserved water.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, then divide among 4 bowls and serve topped with a grating of parmesan.

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Creamy lemon, parmesan and smoked salmon linguine

Sometimes you can’t beat simple, especially when the flavors are as good as this. You must try this wonderfully simple recipe from the great “Delicious” website!

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Serves 2 but can easily be augmented

8 oz linguini
butter for sauteing
2 good sized garlic cloves, crushed
7  fl oz creme fraiche
zest of 1 large lemon
2 heaped tbsp grated fresh parmesan cheese
3 to 4 oz sliced smoked salmon, cut into strips
Some wild baby rocket (arugula) leaves for serving, if you like

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet
Melt the butter in a pan and cook the garlic gently until softened.
Add the creme fraiche, lemon zest and parmesan cheese and cook gently for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and smoked salmon strips.
Divide between two bowls and garnish with the rocket leaves to serve, if you like

Chicken breast in Stilton sauce

This is another easy chicken breast meal.  If you can’t find Stilton cheese, use another blue cheese.

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 Serves 2,  but can be augmented easily, just watch the amount of chili
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 fl oz dry white wine
17 oz creme fraiche
1 small red chili, de-seeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped fairly fine
6 oz Stilton cheese, crumbled
olive oil for frying

Fry the onion and garlic gently in a little olive oil until softened
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and add them to the pan, cooking for about 8 mins until they begin to cook through.
Add the wine and simmer until reduced to about 1/3 of the amount of original liquid
Add 13 oz of the creme fraiche and stir thoroughly
Simmer until the sauce begins to thicken, add the chili, chives and Stilton cheese a little at a time. Stir until all the Stilton is added and melted.
If the sauce becomes too thick, add more creme fraiche or if it is too thin, continue to reduce until the  desired consistency is achieved

Fast and easy baked creamy tarragon chicken breast

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I was asked recently if I had a really easy and quick boneless chicken breast dish and realized I hadn’t posted one of the simplest ones around.

Serves 8 but is easily halved.
1 cup creme fraiche
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 heaped tbsp fresh tarragon leaves, chopped roughly or 4 tsp dried tarragon, crumbled
4 cloves garlic, sliced lengthways
salt and pepper
8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In a 13″ by 9″ baking dish, stir together all the ingredients except the chicken.
Season the chicken breasts well with salt and pepper then add them to the mixture, turning to coat well and arrange in one layer.
Bake the chicken in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Can’t get much easier than that!

Stilton and apple Welsh rarebit bites

Delicious for a Holiday appetizer and SO tasty with one of my favorite cheeses, Stilton

Makes 24 bites

1/2 a thin baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, halved, cored and thinly sliced
8oz crumbled Stilton or blue cheese, at room temperature
3 tbsp creme fraiche
1 tsp Worcester sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the baguette slices with melted butter; working in batches, grill, flipping once, until golden on both sides, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Layer 2 apple slices on each toast and set aside.

Arrange an oven rack 4” from the broiler and heat the broiler to high. Mix the cheese, creme fraiche, Worcester sauce, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Spread about 1 tbsp of the cheese mixture over each toast. Broil until topping is melted and golden brown, about 4 minutes

 

Mustard Roasted Fish

Absolutely divine, creamy, tangy and simple.
Thank you Barefoot Contessa for this recipe. I have tweaked it a little, however.

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Serves 4

4 (8 oz) fish fillets such as red snapper, salmon, Chilean sea bass, or whatever is your preference.
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 oz creme fraiche
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp whole grain mustard
2 tbsp minced shallots
2 tsp drained capers
Grated rind of 1 large lemon
1/2 tsp dried dill weed (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. (You can also use an ovenproof baking dish)
Place the fish fillets skin side down on the sheet pan/ baking dish. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and the grated rind of the lemon.
In a small bowl, combine the creme fraiche, 2 mustards, shallots, capers, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
Spoon the sauce evenly over the fish fillets, making sure the fish is completely covered.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it is barely done.
The fish will flake easily at the thickest part when it’s done)
Be sure not to overcook it! Serve it hot or at room temp with the sauce from the pan spooned over the top.

Jerusalem artichoke and mushroom dauphinoise

This is almost sexy in it’s unctious creaminess!!
Make sure the artichokes are tender when you cook them, because when I cooked this the first time, they weren’t!

1 1/2 lbs Jerusalem artichokes (or sunchokes)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 sliced onion
2 crushed cloves of garlic
5 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
2/3 cup light cream or whole cream
1 tbsp whole grain mustard
1 good pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1 lemon, grated zest only
1 heaped tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup grated gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook artichokes in lightly salted boiling water for 15 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan. Add 1 sliced onion and 2 crushed cloves garlic and saute for 3 minutes until soft.
Increase the heat and add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5 to 10 mins tossing occasionally, until golden.

Drain the artichokes and refresh under cold running water. Drain again and peel.
Slice any large artichokes into thirds and arrange in a shallow 1 1/4 quart dish with the mushroom mixture.

In a bowl mix together the sour cream, (or creme fraiche)  light cream, whole grain mustard, freshly grated nutmeg, grated zest of a lemon and chopped parsley. Season well and pour over the vegetables.
Sprinkle the top with the grated gruyere cheese and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden and bubbling.
Serve immediately.