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Chicken Kiev with Perry Sauce

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Preparation and Cooking Time:  45 mins
Serves:  8

 

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 handful Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, finely chiffonaded
  • 8 tablespoons butter, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Perry, we recommend ‘Eighty 4’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • Extra lemon juice for sauce
  • 8 lemon wedges

 

Instructions

  1. Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound and flatten the chicken breasts.  I place each breast between pieces of plastic wrap. Make the breasts as thin as possible, but try not to tear the breasts – 1/4 inch is a good thickness to aim for.  You are going to slice each flattened breast in half.
  2. With the “smooth” side of the breasts down, lightly season the breasts with salt and pepper.  Then, divide the garlic and herbs into eighths and sprinkle each breast half with an eighth of the garlic and herbs.
  3. Shape each tablespoon of butter into a cylinder and place in the centre of the breasts.  The goal is to wrap up the breasts so the Kievs are as airtight as possible to keep the butter from leaking out during cooking.  I fold over the breasts on the sides first and then top and bottom.
  4. Dust the Kievs in flour, very lightly and then place them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so they can firm up. You may want to use toothpicks to keep the Kievs intact.  Take them out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you are ready to brown them.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Using tongs, place the Kievs in the skillet and brown nicely on all sides, including the tops and bottoms of the Kievs.  I find that some of my Kievs have 3 sides; others – 4 sides – in addition to a “top” and “bottom”.  The browning may take about 15 minutes.
  6. Place the Kievs in a 300°F oven while you make the sauce.
  7. If you find that some of the Kievs have released their butter, that is fine – it happens all the time.  To the skillet, add the Perry and scrape all the good bits into the Perry.  If you need to add butter to the sauce, just a small pat will do. Reduce the sauce until it is nicely brown and shimmering.  Taste, for a little brightness, you may want to add a tiny bit of lemon juice.
  8. Plate the Kievs and pour the sauce over them. Serve with lemon wedges

 

Recipe from Food52.com

Perry Glazed Meatballsperry-glazed-meatballs

 

Preparation and Cooking Time:  35 mins
Yield:  20 meatballs

 

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 700g ground turkey mince
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup shredded pear
  • 3 tbs. onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Glaze:

  • 1 cup Perry – we recommend ‘The Berg’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 3 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbs. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onions

 

Instructions

Meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl add all of the ingredients. Mix to combine.  Roll into 1-inch balls.  Place the meatballs on a cookie grate on top of an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Glaze:

  1. In a small bowl add all of the ingredients, except the scallions.  Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the mixture to a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and let simmer for 2 minutes until the glaze thickens.  Add the meatballs to the pan and let cook for 1 minute to coat.  Top with chopped spring onions.

Note:  After shredding the pear, place in a paper towel or clean kitchen towel and squeeze out juice.

 

Recipe adapted from onesweetmess.com

Apple Cider Cupcakes and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercreamapple-cider-cupcakes-and-brown-sugar-cinnamon-buttercream-recipe-2

 

Preparation and Cooking Time:  47 mins
Serves:  15-17

 

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup apple cider – we recommend ‘Appleanche’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

 

Instructions

Cupcakes:

  1. Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer).  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add the apple cider and the mixture of dry ingredients, alternating between the two, slowly incorporating them into the butter/sugar/egg mixture.
  3. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
  4. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake at 350º for 17-19 minutes.  Bake until toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

  1. Whip butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla together with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add milk until you reach desired consistency (more for thinner frosting).
  4. Transfer to piping bag and frost each cupcake once they have cooled.
  5. Garnish with an apple slice, if desired.
  6. Cupcakes stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days.

 

Recipe from wishesndishes.com

Flourless Chocolate & Pear Cake

 

Preparation and Cooking Time:  1hrrecipe-image-legacy-id-363651_12
Serves:  8

 

Ingredients

  • 85g butter, plus 1 tbsp extra for tin
  • 85g golden caster sugar, plus extra for tin
  • 85g gluten-free dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 3 egg, separated
  • 85g hazelnuts, toasted and ground in a food processor
  • 4 very ripe pear, peeled, halved and cored
  • icing sugar, for dusting

 

Instructions

  1. Cut a circle of baking parchment to fit the base of a 25cm loose-bottomed tin.  Melt 1 tbsp butter and brush the inside of the tin, then line the base with the parchment and brush again with more butter.  Spoon in 2 tbsp caster sugar, swirl it around to coat the base and sides, then tip out any excess.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.  Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of hot water, remove from the heat, stir in the brandy and leave to cool.  Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a large bowl until pale and thick; fold into the chocolate with the hazelnuts.
  3. In a separate bowl, with a clean whisk, beat the whites until they reach a soft peak (try not to whisk them too stiffly or you’ll have trouble folding them in).  Stir a spoonful of the whites into the chocolate mix, then carefully fold in the rest of them in 2 additions.  Spoon into the prepared tin.  Level, then arrange the pears over the mixture, cut-side down.  Bake for 40 mins until the pears are soft and the cake is cooked all the way through.  Leave to cool in the tin slightly before releasing it, then place on a rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar and serve with crème fraîche.

 

Recipe adapted from bbcgoodfood.com

Perry Pound CakePerry Pound Cake

 

Preparation and Cooking  Time:   1hr
Serves:   8-10

 

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Perry. we recommend ‘The Triumph’ by Paracombe Premium Perry

For the Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup Perry. we recommend ‘The Triumph’ by Paracombe Premium Perry

For the Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line the bottom of a 9×5″ loaf pan with parchment paper, then spray it with nonstick cooking spray (the kind with flour) or grease and flour it.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt , cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Stir melted butter, sugar and sour cream or Greek yogurt in a large bowl.  Stir in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Add Perry and dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.  Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 34-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. While the cake is baking, make the glaze.  Heat the sugar and Perry in a small saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  6. Stir together topping ingredients, sugar and cinnamon, in a small bowl.
  7. Cool pound cake for 15 minutes in the pan.  Use a knife to loosen around the edges, then carefully remove the cake and place it on a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet.  Use a pastry brush to brush the Perry glaze over the top of the cake. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.  Let cool before eating.
  8. Store loosely covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.  I like to slice and freeze the slices in sandwich bags.

 

Recipe adapted from crazyforcrust.com

Butternut Pumpkin Turkey Roulade with Perry GravyButternut-Squash-Turkey-Roulade-with-Apple-Cider-Gravy-PS2

 

Cooking  and Preparation Time:   2hrs
Serves:  4

 

Ingredients

  • 500g boneless, skinless turkey breasts
  • 1 small butternut pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt + more for seasoning
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken stock, divided
  • ¼ cup Perry, we recommend ‘The Berg’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 2 tablespoons flour

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Split pumpkin in half lengthwise, remove seeds.  Place on a small baking sheet.  Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast until soft, about 45 minutes.  Once squash is soft, either mash by hand or place in the food processor to puree.  Place once cup of puree in a small bowl, add chopped pecans and ⅛ teaspoon salt.  Raise heat on oven to 375 degrees.
  2. While the squash is cooking, place turkey breast in a large plastic bag.  Using a meat tenderizer on the flat side or a rolling pin, flatten out turkey, until about ⅛ inch thick.  Repeat with remaining breast.
  3. Season each breast on both sides with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread ½ cup of filling on the breast, leaving a ½ inch border around. Roll up, jam roll style and secure every inch or two with bakers twine.
  5. In a medium oven-proof skillet heat remaining oil over a medium-high heat.  Brown turkey on all sides.
  6. Pour ¼ cup Perry and ¼ cup chicken stock in pan.  Place in oven and bake until turkey is cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.  Use a meat thermometer to make sure it’s fully cooked, it should read 165 degrees.
  7. Once turkey is fully cooked, transfer breasts to a plate and cover with foil while you make the gravy.
  8. In a measuring cup, vigorously whisk COLD chicken stock and flour.  Whisk mixture into remaining Perry and stock in skillet.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until thickened.  Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  9. Slice turkey into one inch pieces and serve with gravy.

 

Recipe adapted from cookingforkeeps.com

Soft Perry CaramelsBequet Apple Cinnamon Caramels A120911 Food & Wine Gift Guide + LG Format 12/2012

 

Cooking Time:  1hr 45mins
Preparation Time:   1hr
Makes:  150

 

Ingredients

  • 1.9L Perry, we recommend ‘The Triumph’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground allspice
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • Neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed

 

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, simmer the Perry over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1 cup, about 1 hour. Pour the reduced Perry into a bowl.
  2. Line a 9 x 13 inch rimmed pan with foil and coat the foil with nonstick cooking spray.  In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream and condensed milk and bring to a simmer over moderate heat; keep the mixture warm over low heat.
  3. In another large saucepan, combine the sugar with the reduced Perry, corn syrup, water & salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.  Carefully whisk in the butter until melted. Gradually whisk in the warm cream mixture until incorporated.  Cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until a golden caramel forms and the temperature reaches 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 45 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon, allspice & cloves and scrape the caramel into the prepared pan.  Let cool completely, then refrigerate the caramel overnight.
  4. Lightly brush a sheet of parchment paper with oil.  Invert the caramel onto the parchment and peel off the foil.  Using a sharp knife, cut the caramel into 1-inch-wide strips, then cut the block crosswise into 1/2-inch rectangles.  Wrap each caramel in a square of parchment paper or a candy wrapper and twist the ends to seal. Serve or pack the caramels into boxes.

 

Recipe sourced from delish.com

Slow Cooked Perry Pulled PorkSlow Cooked Perry Pulled Pork

 

Preparation Time:   5mins
Cooking  Time:   4-5hrs

 

Ingredients

  • 2-2.5kg pork shoulder, bone-in
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Perry, we recommend ‘The Berg’ by Paracombe Premium Perry

 

Instructions

  1. Add sliced onions to the bottom of a 5-6L slow cooker bowl.  Place the pork shoulder on top of the onions.  Sprinkle with seasonings and garlic.  Pour Perry over the pork shoulder and seasonings.  Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours.  Pork is ready when the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees F.  Carefully remove Pork from the slow cooker.  Shred by hand using forks.
  2. If desired , return shredded pork to slow cooker to absorb the juices.  Serve with cooked onion slices.

 

Recipe adapted from bakedbyrachel.com

Pork Cutlets with Perry Sauce

 

Cooking and Preparation Time:   30minsPork Cutlets
Serves:  4

 

Ingredients

  • 500g baby red potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 700g pork cutlets
  • 1 1/4 cups Perry, we recommend ‘The Triumph’ by Paracombe Premium Perry
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 Beurre Bosc Pear

 

Instructions

  1. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil.  Cook for 8 minutes, then drain.
  2. In a non-stick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium-high heat.  Add potatoes and cook, stirring until browned, 5 minutes; remove from heat.
  3. Sprinkle cutlets with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  In same frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium-high heat.  Add cutlets; cook until browned all over, 3 minutes.  Remove from skillet.  Add 1 cup of the Perry; increase heat to high and cook until thickened, 2 minutes.  Stir in mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. In a second frying pan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat and cook cabbage, pear, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.  Pour in remaining 1/4 cup Perry and cook 1 minute.
  5. Place cutlets on plates; spoon sauce over pork.  Serve with potatoes and cabbage.

 

Recipe sourced from delish.com

Pumpkin and Perry Oatmeal Crème Pies

 

Preparation Time:   20minsPumpkin-Apple-Cider-Oatmeal-Cream-Pies
Cooking Time:   14mins
Serves:  10

 

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips

For the crème:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 227g reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons Perry syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 cups icing sugar

For the apple cider syrup:

  • ⅓ cup Perry – we recommend ‘The Berg’ by Paracombe Premium Perry

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line cookie trays with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy.  Beat in the egg and then add the vanilla extract, maple syrup and pumpkin puree.  Mix well.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  4. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until just combined.  Fold in the cinnamon chips.
  5. Drop 2-tablespoon-sized heaps onto the baking paper lined cookie trays with plenty of space to spread and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden but the cookie is still very, very soft.  Let the cookies cool on the baking trays until firm enough to move to a cooling rack.  Repeat with as many batches as necessary.
  6. As the cookies cook, make the crème.
  7. The creme requires Perry syrup, which is made by simply heating ⅓ cup of Perry in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil and then reducing it to a simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the cider has reduced by half and coats the back of a spoon.  It will thicken more after it is removed from heat, so don’t overdo it or you will wind up with candy rather than syrup.  The cider syrup will stay good in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 week.
  8. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  9. Beat in the Perry syrup and 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice.
  10. Mix in a cup of the icing sugar.  When well-combined, mix in half of the flour.  Then, mix in another cup of the icing sugar.  Mix in the remaining flour.  Mix in the remaining icing sugar.  (Mixing in a bit at a time this way prevents chunks or unevenness.)
  11. Scoop the crème into a plastic freezer bag and cut off one of the bottom tips of the bag.  Seal the top of the bag and squeeze the bag to pipe the crème.
  12. Pipe a generous amount of frosting on the underside of a cooled cookie and sandwich another cookie on top. Repeat until all of the cookies have been sandwiched.
  13. Serve immediately or refrigerate.  The cookies will stay fresh for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 

Recipe sourced from hostthetoast.com