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Corsican Veal and Olive Stew

We were lucky enough to find some rose veal from Broughgammon Farm in County Antrim. These guys do online delivery but we were able to pick some up from the McNally Family Farm in North Dublin. They also do fabulous goat and free range pork. This veal stew by the Hairy Bikers has fab flavours and the herbs, fresh tomatoes and white wine make it relatively light so perfect for this time of year with extra sunshine and warmth.

Wine Suggestion: from the Tuscan coast is a rising star, Biserno, who at the top end are making some stunning and expensive wines. However to kick off their range their Insolglio del Cinghiale which is a blend of 1/3 Syrah with Cabenet Franc, Merlot & Petit Verdot making up the remainder is a true gem. All the quality of the top wines with the refined Cab Franc shining bright but also with quite an open and expressive Syrah as the core.

Corsican veal & olive stew – serves 4-6

  • 1kg rose veal shoulder, cut in 4cm chunks (we bought two packs of diced rose veal, the cut was leaner than shoulder but it worked perfect)
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g pancetta or streaky bacon lardons
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500ml white wine
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1 piece of lemon zest
  • 2 bay leaves
  • a large sprig of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 200g fresh tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 50g green olives

Dry the veal with kitchen paper, then toss in the flour and plenty of seasoning.

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan, then fry the veal in batches until well browned on all sides. Add another tbsp of oil between batches. Set the browned veal aside.

Heat another tbsp of oil in a large flameproof casserole. Add the pancetta/bacon and fry over a medium high heat until browned and crispy. Add the onions, celery and carrots, then reduce the heat a bit. Fry these gently for about 10 minutes or until starting to soften and colouring slightly.

Add the garlic and continue to cook for another couple of minutes, then add the veal. Deglaze the frying pan with some of the wine, then pour this over the veal. Add the rest of the wine, the chicken stock, lemon zest, herbs and plenty of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and olives and cook the stew for another 30 minutes, uncovered to reduce the sauce if needed. We served with new potatoes.

(Original recipe from The Hairby Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure by Si King & Dave Myers, Seven Dials, 2017.)

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Patatas Bravas

We love these crispy potato cubes with spicy sauce and this version roasts the potatoes in the oven rather than frying them in heaps of oil. Serve as a side dish or just on their own for a snack.

Wine Suggestion: We love a dry sherry with these, but can’t decide between whether we prefer Fino, Amontillado or Oloros – we recommend them all.

Patatas Bravas – serves 4

  • 800g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into 3-4cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped flatleaf parsley, to serve

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • ½ tsp sugar or honey
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp hot paprika, plus extra to serve

Put the potatoes into a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, add plenty of salt, and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until starting to soften. Drain gently so they don’t break up too much.

Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6.

Put 2 tbsp of olive oil in a roasting tin and heat in the oven. Add the drained potatoes, toss in the oil, and roast for 40-45 minutes.

To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan and add the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the garlic has started to soften but not coloured. Add the vinegar and sugar or honey and stir until dissolved. Stir in the sweet and hot paprikas.

Pour the sauce over the crispy potatoes and sprinkle with a little extra paprika and some finely chopped parsley.

(Original recipe from The Hairy Bikers Mediterranean Adventure by Si King and Dave Myers, Seven Dials, 2017.)

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