After seven victories in the Eurovision Song Contest, Ireland is hopeful that some crumbed offal will be enough for them to secure their first Chow Down to Eurovision win.
Just like today's dish our highlight of Eurovision past is a retro delight, long live Eurovision disco!
1981 saw Ireland send Sheeba with Horoscopes, they placed 5th.
These delicious crubeens came about when I found some beautiful trotters at the farmer's market and went about finding a country I could use them for. Not an everyday food but there are times when some hot crumbed fat just really hits the spot.
- 4 trotters
- 4 stalks celery chopped
- 1 carrot chopped
- 2 brown onions quartered
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 litre beef stock
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Oil for frying
- Wrap the trotters in cheesecloth like little mummies
- Add vegetables, bay leaves, stock and trotters to a slow cooker
- Cook for 4-5 hours
- Take the trotters out of the stock and unwrap
- Remove the bones from the trotters (be careful as they will be extremely hot...really hot)
- Line 4 tea cups with plastic wrap
- Place a trotter into the tea cup and tighten the plastic wrap to form a ball
- Refrigerate overnight
- Unwrap the trotters and coat in flour, egg and breadcrumb
- Heat oil in a large saucepan
- Fry each crubeen for 1-2 minutes then finish in the oven for 10 minutes on 180°C
- You can skip the oil stage if you prefer and just bake for 15 minutes as they do splatter a lot!
- Serve with mashed potato, beans and a tarragon butter
My mashed potato is actually mashed kohlrabi as I forgot to get potatoes.....but it really works.