These dishes are simple, easy to prepare, and extraordinarily delicious. Best of all, every ingredient in these recipes (save the salmon) can be found from a local Bend farm. The one place to get all of these ingredients is Coastal Bend Health Foods in Rockport, the only South Texas source for local lamb, beef, pork, or chicken, and one of the best produce stand in The Bend.
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Irish Boxty (Potato Pancake)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 32 minutes
1 cup grated potato (about 2 medium potatoes)
1 cup mashed potato
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
¾ cup cream
¼ cup butter
Directions: Strain potatoes in fine mesh sieve. Wring out any excess moisture using a paper towel. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and eggs. Add cream, a little at a time, until a thick batter is formed.
Heat butter over medium low heat in a large pan. Once butter becomes fragrant, add a ladle of batter. Cook for four minutes, or until bottom has become a nice golden brown. Flip pancake over and cook another four minutes.
Serve warm with honey, jam, or one of the following toppings.
Lamb Boxty with Herbed Apricot Crème Fraiche
Season lamb chop with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, minced garlic, and fresh rosemary. Sauté on high for approximately three minutes on each side. Let rest for five minutes. Pulse ½ cup crème fraiche (alternately sour cream), 2 tsp apricot marmalade, ¼ cup fresh mint and ¼ tsp red pepper flakes until well combined. Slice lamb thinly and serve over boxty, generously drizzled with apricot mint crème fraiche.
Smoked Salmon Boxty with Dill and Capers
Combine 2 tbsp crème fraiche (or sour cream) with 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill and the zest and juice of half a lemon in a small bowl. Top boxty with a generous amount of smoked salmon, a dollop of dill sauce, capers, and fresh dill.
Boxty with Poached Egg and Mock Hollandaise
Poach egg for 2-4 minutes, until egg white is coagulated and yolk remains mostly runny. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup crème fraiche, ½ tsp English mustard, the zest and juice of half a lemon, 2 tsp melted butter and salt to taste. Spread mock hollandaise over warm boxty and top with poached egg, microgreens, and green onion.