Our April 2012 Daring Cooks hosts were David & Karen from Twenty-Fingered Cooking. They presented us with a very daring and unique challenge of forming our own recipes by using a set list of ingredients!
The challenge, should you choose to take it, is to take one ingredient from each of these lists, and make a new recipe.
List 1: Parsnips, Eggplant, Cauliflower
List 2: Balsamic Vinegar, Goat Cheese, Chipotle Peppers
List 3: Maple syrup, Instant coffee, Bananas
I chose to use cauliflower, instant coffee and chipotle peppers in this dinner. May I present Black Welsh lamb dredged in a coffee, chocolate and chipotle spice mixture. Sear this in a cast iron pan and finish in a 350F oven until it reaches your desired doneness.
To accompany this, I have a cauliflower and potato mash and a celeriac salad.
The Black Welsh lamb has a distinctly different flavour that is stronger but not more lamb-y. I don't know quite how to describe it. But I do like it. The rub was amazing. It did not taste of either coffee or chocolate nor strongly chipotle. The sum is greater than the parts in this recipe. There was a nice amount of heat and earthiness. I would definitely use this rub again. Perhaps with beef.
3 Tb. finely ground coffee or espresso
1 Tb. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tb. sugar
2 Tb. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. ground chipotle pepper
1 tsp. ground coriander
2 tsp. kosher salt
Swirl this together in a coffee grinder or similar appliance. Dry the lamb chops and dredge in this mixture. Heat a pan to medium high with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Sear the lamb chops on both sides and place in a 350F oven until they are cooked to your liking.
Serve with cauliflower potato mash and celeriac salad.
Peel the celery root and then shave the fleshy part. Discard the woody interior. Make a dressing of 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon capers, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar and 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley. Toss with the shaved celeriac.
Cauliflower Potato Mash
Saute cauliflower florets in ample butter until tender. Boil an equal amount of potatoes in water until tender. Mash the cauliflower and add potatoes. Mash until evenly mixed. Serve hot.