When my mother-in-law asked me to make a dessert for her Passover seder, I had my work cut out for me.
First off, as you likely know, you can’t use flour to make anything on Passover. In addition, I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth to begin with. Sure, there are some desserts I love—homemade strawberry shortcake, cheesecake, lemon meringue pie…but this is Passover, people.
A Passover-friendly recipe, for those of you seeking inspiration this week. This flavourful dish pairs a richly flavoured roast with a great twist on spuds.
Season the beef with salt and pepper. In a bowl, mash up the rosemary with a clove of garlic. Loosen with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and then rub this all over the beef.
Preheat the oven to 450F. Parboil the sliced potatoes in boiling, salted water for around 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, and transfer to a bowl with just enough olive oil to coat them. Season well with salt & pepper. To make the potato cake, use a round greased or non-stick cake tin. Place half the potatoes into the tin or pan, smearing the horseradish over the top. Place the rest of the potatoes on top, then pat down and put to one side.
Brown the beef, on all sides, in a pan over high heat. Add the garlic cloves to a snug-fitting roasting pan, then place the beef on top of them and put in the oven, with the potatoes on the shelf below. Cook for 25 minutes, then turn the beef over, baste it and add the red wine (depending on the size of your roast and pan, be sure not to exceed coming half way up the beef) and butter to the pan. Remove the potato dish, then carefully place a clean tea towel over it and push down to compact the potatoes into a nice tight cake. Put the potatoes and beef back into the oven for another 20-25 minutes. If using a meat thermometer, allow the beef to reach an internal temperature of 140F.
Remove the beef from the roasting pan and set aside on a cutting board, tented with foil. Mash up the garlic cloves, then pass the remaining sauce through a sieve.
Carve the beef into slices. Divide the potato cake between 4 serving plates, and serve alongside the meat. Pour some of the jus over top of the beef.
There's nothing I enjoy quite as much as a challenge on the grill. When I was asked to come up with a grilled version of the classic breaded chicken finger I certainly had my work cut out for. It's hard to compete with a deep-fried favourite that children love to devour.
Luckily, not only is this a healthier way to prepare chicken fingers, it turns out all three of my kids loved them! They have great flavour, a great crunch and when dipped into the dipping sauce are just undeniably delicious.