FOOD

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - AN­DREW NUTTER

Serves 6 Ox­tail Fri­c­as­see In­gre­di­ents:

One ox­tail about 1.5kg cut into 3cm chunks – ask your butcher to do it for you

Two ta­ble­spoons plain flour

Two ta­ble­spoons olive oil One car­rot - chopped One stick cel­ery - chopped One onion - chopped 400ml red wine 1.2 litres beef stock Sprigs fresh thyme and rose­mary Root Veg­eta­bles Two car­rots – peeled Two parsnips One small cele­riac Two king Ed­ward pota­toes Fish

Two ta­ble­spoons olive oil

Six 180g stone bass fil­lets – skin on/boned

Zest and juice of one lemon

Thin slices black gar­lic To Fin­ish Few leaves baby spinach Method: 1. For the ox­tail – take the ox­tail and dust with the flour, heat the olive oil in a casse­role pan, add the ox­tail and brown both sides. 2. Add the car­rot, onion, cel­ery and fry briefly, add the red wine stock, thyme and rose­mary, bring to the boil, cover, re­duce the heat slightly and sim­mer for three hours un­til very ten­der. 3. Leave to cool slightly then pick off the meat and place to one side. Strain the liquor through a sieve and re­duce to form a sauce. 4. For the root veg­eta­bles, dice all the veg­eta­bles into neat cubes. Place the car­rot, parsnip and cele­riac in an oven-proof tray, driz­zle with oil, sea­son and cover with tin foil. Roast in a hot oven 180C for about 20 min­utes un­til al dente. 5. Blanch the pota­toes blanch in veg­etable oil at 120C be­fore in­creas­ing the temp to 180C and cook un­til golden and crisp. Fin­ish tossed with goose fat and chives if de­sired. 6. When ready to serve – heat a non-stick pan, seal the stone bass skin side down un­til golden – turn over then add the lemon zest and gar­lic and baste un­til cooked through. Fin­ish with a squeeze of lemon juice. 7. For plat­ing up, ar­range the crispy pota­toes and root veg­eta­bles on a plate, add the ox­tail meat to the sauce, bring to the boil then spoon over. Add a flour­ish of spinach be­fore fin­ish­ing with the stone bass.

Nut­ters Restau­rant, Eden­field Road, Rochdale. Tel: 01706 650167 @Nutsfood on Twit­ter

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