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Scottish Feasting with Sangria and Cheesecake

I love my quirky Cooking Group, CEC. I love how on a night devoted to Scottish dishes folks can show up with cheesecake and Sangria and somehow it totally works. πŸ™‚

Don started off the festivities with refreshing Sangria chock full of apples and peaches.

I made the appetizer this week: Scottish Cheesy Angels. I confess I chose them almost entirely because of the name. They were tasty little morsels, plump smoked oysters topped with extra sharp cheddar, wrapped in prosciutto and grilled until the meat was crispy and the cheese melty.

Then we dug into the main course. Oooeee! All sorts of lovely things!

Jenny made a succulent Potato Cheese Pie with Bacon. A pie plate is line with bacon strips that are left overhanging. Then it is filled with a marvy potato, Gruyere, onion mixture and wrapped up nicely with the bacon. An hour later a potato pie with a bacon crust emerges all gooey and bubbly and wonderful.

Darren made delectable Baked Salmon with Tarragon and Bacon topped with decadently rich creme fraiche.

Mike made two beautiful mince pies – that’s “hamburger” to us North Americans – savory and delicious studded with potatoes and onions.

Toby made splendid little Sharp Cheddar Shortbreads that were so buttery and cheesy we cleaned them up in no time. Though we did have to keep warning people who grabbed them thinking they were shortbread cookies.

We ended our lavish meal with glasses of Scottish whiskey and two fabulous desserts.

Gary made Vanilla Cheesecake with fresh strawberries. I liked that he cut down on the sweetener so the creaminess of the cheese and sour cream really came through.

Kat and Ed finished things off in true Scottish style with the best Cranachan I’ve ever tasted! Almost like an oatmeal pudding, this dish is made with toasted oats, honey, heavy cream, and whiskey. Traditionally served with raspberries, they chose blueberries and it was an inspired choice.

We could hardly move after that unbelievable feast, but nary a one of us complained. πŸ™‚

This is my contribution to Wanderfood Wednesday hosted by the lovely Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Krista’s Cheesy Angels (Oysters)

(Adapted from Scotland for Visitors)
Ingredients:
3oz Scottish Cheddar Cheese
18 Smoked Oysters
9 Rashers of streaky bacon (I used prosciutto to make it less fatty)

Directions:

  1. Divide the cheese into 18 equal portions.
  2. (If using bacon, trim the rind and the fat from the OUTSIDE of the bacon.) Cut each rasher of bacon/prosciutto in half.
  3. Place each oyster on top of a pile of cheese, then wrap this pile tightly with the bacon/prosciutto and secure it with a cocktail stick.
  4. Place this under a pre-heated grill, turning once, until the bacon is crispy.

Jenny’s Potato Cheese and Bacon Pie
(From Scottish Recipes)

Ingredients:

1kg of Rooster potatoes which have been peeled, thinly sliced and washed
15g of melted butter
200g of thinly sliced streaky bacon
100g of grated gruyere cheese
Salt and pepper for seasoning (optional ingredient)

Directions:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 425Β°F/220Β°C/Gas mark 7.
  2. Butter a 9 inch ovenproof non stick baking dish.
  3. Arrange the bacon slices into the bottom and the sides of the greased pan. Make sure some of the strips of bacon overhang the edge of the dish slightly.
  4. Dry the washed, peeled and sliced Rooster potatoes and dry with kitchen towel.
  5. Take about one third of the tatties and place these slices over the bacon. Then sprinkle about a third of the grated gruyere cheese. Repeat this step so that two more layers of tattie and cheese are in the dish.

Darren’s Baked Salmon With Tarragon and Bacon
(From Recipezaar)

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 slices bacon, diced
3 ounces butter
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400Β°F.
  2. Butter (or spray with non-stick spray) one side of a large sheet of aluminum foil (double the size needed to hold the salmon fillets in one layer); place in a baking dish (butter side up) large enough to hold the salmon (again, in one layer).
  3. Fry the finely chopped onion in butter in a frypan until soft and golden but not brown.
  4. Add the bacon and tarragon and cook for another two minutes.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice and remove from heat.
  6. Place the salmon fillets on the foil in the baking dish.
  7. Cover each fillet with some of the onion/bacon mixture and drizzle any pan juices over as well.
  8. Fold the foil over the fish and seal to make a parcel.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  10. May be served with a dollops of thick cream or creme fraiche.

Toby’s Scottish Sharp-Cheddar Shortbread
(From Epicurious)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
8 ounces extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (Toby used gluten-free)

Directions:

  1. Using electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat together butter, salt, black pepper, and cayenne at low speed just until blended. Add Cheddar and flour and mix at low speed just until smooth (do not overmix). Shape dough into disk, wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper, and chill 30 minutes.
  2. Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350Β°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4- to 1/8-inch-thick round. Using 1 1/2- to 2-inch round cutter, cut out rounds and arrange 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. Reroll scraps if desired (rerolled scraps will be tougher).
  4. Bake shortbread until lightly golden and beginning to brown on edges, about 13 to 15 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Kat’s Cranachan with Blueberries
(From Veg-World)

Ingredients:

2/3 cup (2 oz, 50 g) medium oatmeal
1Β½ cups (12 fl oz, 360 ml) heavy (double) cream
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. whisky
2Β½ cups (10 oz, 300 g) fresh raspberries

Directions:

  1. Start by placing the oatmeal in a dry pan or skillet. Toast it on a medium heat, turning often until it’s a golden brown. This should take 10 to 20 minutes. Leave it to cool.
  2. Whisk the cream until it is just stiff.
  3. Stir in the honey, whiskey and oatmeal. Gently stir in the raspberries, setting a few aside for decoration.
  4. Chill for at least half an hour before serving.

Gary’s Cheesecake with Strawberries

Ingredients:

2-8 0z packages cream cheese, softened
8 oz sour cream
3 eggs
1 1/3 cup Splenda
2 Tbsp vanilla
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Splenda
1/2 cup butter, melted
Strawberries for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In small bowl mix graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup Splenda and melted butter. Press into 9″ springform pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. While crust is baking, mix remaining ingredients (except strawberries).
  5. When crust is done, remove from oven, pour in filling, and return to oven. Bake for 1 hour.
  6. Let cool 1.5 hours.
  7. Top with sliced strawberries tossed with Splenda.



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Tracy - What a feast! I have a feeling that the oatmeal balanced out all of the cheese and bacon.

elra - Would you mind to let me know on how exactly this sangria was made?, I am so tempted. I know you mentioned apple and peaches, is there any orange in it? I’d love to make it this weekend for a get together with bunch of friends. Hope I’ll get your answer before then. Thank you so much.

RamblingTart - You’re absolutely right, Tracy. πŸ™‚ The oatmeal settled everything and we didn’t feel quite so glutted. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Sure, Elra! πŸ™‚ It was so simple I didn’t think to add the recipe. πŸ™‚ My friend Don just added chopped Granny Smith apples and peaches to red wine, and added some limeade for a bit of zest. πŸ™‚

amy - I must eat those bacon-wrapped-cheesy-oysters! Krista, your foodie group sounds amazing! looking forward to reading about the next gathering…

Margo - Ok. You had me at the scottish cheesy angels, and then things progressively got more and more delectable sounding. Amazing. And thanks for all the recipes!

RamblingTart - I hope you like them, Amy! πŸ™‚ I love this group of foodies. πŸ™‚ We have such fun experimenting together. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Oh thank you, Margo! I’m so glad you found a few things to get your taste buds dreaming. πŸ™‚

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Kitchen Butterfly - What a spread – it looks lovely, especially as Scotland holds a special place in my heart – being the first place I ever visited abroad! Fantastic photos too, I love the Sangria

RamblingTart - Ohhh, what a great place to be your first place, Ozoz. πŸ™‚ I’ve never been but I sure hope to one day. I’ve been dreaming of it ever since I was a little girl. πŸ™‚

Stephanie (Food Freeway) - Everything looks amazing, great recipes and photos!! πŸ™‚

Mary - I love the variety of dishes you get for your gettogethers.
As always these sound wonderful. Because I am so fond of salmon I had a clear favorite from the get-go, but everything really looked wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

RamblingTart - Thank you, Stephanie! It was so fun making AND eating everything. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you, Mary! πŸ™‚ We have such fun planning each week and it’s so interesting to see what everyone shows up with. πŸ™‚ We don’t always end up with a “normal” meal, but it’s always delicious. πŸ™‚

Joanne - I think that once you’re starting off with Sangria…everything else just falls into place. That fantastic cheesecake, potato pie, and baked salmon don’t hurt either. I think I’m in love with this meal.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - Krista, I love the idea of the Scottish Cheesy Angels! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them. Thanks for the recipe! πŸ˜€

RamblingTart - You are absolutely right, Joanne. πŸ™‚ It soothes ruffled nerves and starts the evening off right. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you, Lorraine! I hadn’t heard of them either, but as soon as I read the recipe I knew I HAD to make them. πŸ™‚

Pond Jumpers: Croatia - Great Blog. These recipes look delicious, especially the cheesecake.

Anita - I came here last night but didn’t comment. That’s because I was preparing tomorrow night’s meal with all these fabulous recipes!

RamblingTart - Thank you, Kelly! I just visited your blog and can’t wait to explore more. Croatia is so beautiful and I hope to visit again soon. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Oh, that’s great, Anita!! I hope they make you happy. πŸ™‚

elra - thx!!!

Wanderluster - Wow! You guys really don’t play around. Gorgeous photos, and the cheesy shortbreads sound so tasty.

RamblingTart - You’re welcome, Elra! πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - We sure don’t, Wanderluster. πŸ™‚ And it’s so much fun! Those cheesy shortbreads were absolutely fantastic. πŸ™‚

Nancie (Ladyexpat) - Fantastic photographs. Everything looks amazing. I’m starving now!

RamblingTart - Thanks so much, Nancie! I’m so glad you like them. πŸ™‚

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