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Brandade With A Collard Of Cucumber

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Ingredients
  Smoked cod fillets 1 1⁄2 Pound (1 Carton)
  Smoked cod fillets 1 1⁄2 Pound, skin and bones removed
  Dry white wine 30 Milliliter (2 Tablespoon)
  Olive oil 15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
  Potatoes 2 Pound
  Old potatoes 2 Pound (900 Gram)
  Milk 75 Milliliter
  Creamy milk 3 Fluid Ounce (75 Milliliter)
  Thyme 1 Ounce (25 Gram, A Bunch)
  Bay leaf 1 , crushed
  Garlic cloves 3 Large, skinned, crushed
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), skinned
  Freshly ground white pepper To Taste
  Ground pepper To Taste
  Cucumber 1⁄2 , thinly sliced
  Double cream 45 Milliliter
  Double cream 45 Milliliter (3 Tablespoon)
  Unsalted butter 1 Ounce
  Unsalted butter 1 Ounce (25 Gram)
  Lemon juice 5 Milliliter, squeezed
  Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
Directions

1. Put the fish in a large, shallow heatproof dish or plate. Pour over the white wine and oil and cover loosely with cling film.
2. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, turning the dish halfway through cooking time.
3. Peel the potatoes, cut into 1 cm (1/2 inch) cubes and put into a medium heatproof bowl with the milk, thyme and bay leaf. Cover loosely with cling film and microwave on HIGH for 10 minutes, stirring from the outside to centre halfway through cooking time. The potatoes should be tender and evenly cooked. Remove and discard the thyme and bay.
4. Using an electric hand-held mixer (or rotary beater or whisk) beat the garlic, butter and 45 ml (3 tbsp) double cream into the hot cooked potato. Add the cooked fish (and the juice) in pieces and continue to whisk until creamy and almost smooth. Season to taste.
5. Arrange pyramids or cones of the brandade on 4-6 individual serving plates and garnish with a collar of overlapping, thinly sliced cucumber around the base.
6. To make the sauce, put the cream and butter in a small bowl or jug and microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 40 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice.
7. Microwave each serving on HIGH, uncovered, on its plate for 45 seconds to heat through, spooning a little sauce around each.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Microwaving
Ingredient: 
Cod
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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