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  • Perfect brined pork chop with pan sauce

    1 Bone in thick cut pork chop
    1 litre water
    60g salt
    60g brown sugar
    1 tsp black peppercorns
    1 tsp mustard seeds
    Few sprigs of Rosemary and thyme
    Half a bulb of garlic
    2 tbsp butter

    Pan sauce

    Half a shallot, Finely sliced
    1 clove garlic
    1 sprig thyme
    Small glass of wine
    150ml chicken stock
    A few cubes of cold butter

    Method

    Start by adding the salt, sugar, black pepper and mustard seeds to a saucepan with the water and bring to the boil. As soon as the water boils, take it off the heat and let it completely cool in the fridge, this may take a couple of hours. 

    Once cool, place the pork chop in the brine making sure it is completely submerged and leave in the fridge for 4-12 hours then remove the chop from the brine and pat dry. 

    Set a heavy bottomed pan over a medium high heat and add a splash of olive oil. When the oil is hot place in the pork chop and allow to cook for 3 minutes undisturbed then flip the chop and cook for a further 3 minutes. 

    Add the butter, garlic and herbs and baste flipping every minute until the meat closest to the bone reads 60c with a meat probe. Remove from the pan and rest while you make the pan sauce. 

    For the pan sauce, discard the fat from the pan and add a little fresh oil. Add the shallots and garlic and gently sweat down for a few minutes before adding the herbs and deglazing with white wine. 

    Allow the wine to reduce by half before adding the stock and reducing further. Once the sauce has thickened slightly, add the butter and swirl the pan to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper before passing through a sieve and serving.

  • Porchetta with red wine braised borlotti beans

    Serves 3

    This recipe can be doubled but just make sure to work out the correct cooking time for the size of your porchetta. 20 mins at 230c then 23 minutes per 500g at 150c. 

    Ingredients 

    1kg Porchetta, left to dry uncovered in the fridge for 24 hours

    2 tins borlotti beans 

    1 leek, diced

    3 cloves garlic, minced 

    1 sprig rosemary, chopped 

    1 tbsp tomato puree

    Pinch of chilli flakes 

    1 glass red wine

    250ml chicken stock

    Wilted greens, to serve

    Method

    Start by making the beans. Dice the leek and add to a pan with a little olive oil and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the rosemary, chilli flakes and tomato puree. 

    Allow the tomato puree to cook out for a minute before adding the beans and red wine. Reduce the wine by half before adding the stock and seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside. 

    For the porchetta, preheat the oven to 230c, pat the skin of the pork dry and rub all over with a little olive oil then season with salt and pepper. Place the porchetta in a roasting tray and put in the oven for 20 minutes before reducing the temperature to 150c. 

    Bring the beans to the boil and add them to the roasting tray with the porchetta. If there is lots of fat in the pan you can discard some before adding the beans. 

    Cook in the oven for 23 minutes per 500g. If the crackling hasn’t puffed up as much as you would like when the porchetta has finished cooking, place it under the grill set to high for a few minutes. 

    Serve with wilted greens like cavolo nero. 

  • Szechuan steak with soy spring onions

    Ingredients

    1 sirloin steak

    1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns 

    1 bunch spring onions 

    2 cloves garlic 

    1/2 tbsp mirin

    1/2 tbsp oyster sauce

    1 tbsp soy sauce

    Sesame seeds, to serve

    Method

    Begin by taking your steak out of the fridge at least 10 minutes before you are ready to cook it to allow it to come up to room temperature. 

    Meanwhile, slice off the roots of the spring onion and then cut in half, separating the green ends from the white ends. Mince the garlic and set aside.

    Next place the Szechuan peppercorns in pestle and mortar and pound until you have a coarse powder.

    Heat a large frying pan over a high heat then season the steak with lots of salt and the Szechuan pepper.

    When the pan is hot add a splash of vegetable oil and place in the steak. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side depending on how you like your steak then remove from the pan and allow to rest.

    Meanwhile, in the same pan add the white ends of the spring onion and cook over a high heat for 2 minutes until charred. 

    Add the green ends of the spring onion and cook for a further 2 minutes. 

    Finally add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, mirin and garlic and cook for a final minute. 

    To serve, slice the steak on an angle and place on a plate topped with the spring onions. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to finish. 

  • Christmas Bookings!

    Our online Christmas orders are open!

    Our Christmas bookings are 100% taken online through our website WWW.PROUDSOW.CO.UK

    We have an extensive range of produce available to suit all needs and budgets.
    From free range bronze turkeys to handmade pigs in blankets using our award
    winning chipolatas.


    Your Christmas booking is paid in advance which allows us to operate a
    zero-queue system. You are able to choose your pickup date and choose your
    time slot. Your order will be ready and waiting to collect. We have operated
    this system for the last 2 years to great success!
    We have categorised our produce into helpful groups on the website so you can
    search by meat type (e.g. pork, turkey, beef) or style (e.g. trimmings, Christmas
    lunch essentials).


    Once you have collated an order in your basket you are asked to choose a pickup
    location either our Crofton Park shop or our Dulwich Village shop. You are
    then asked to choose a pickup date and time. We don’t offer home delivery.
    We offer selected dates in November for American Thanksgiving and dates
    throughout December including Christmas week. Please select your date
    carefully as mistakes can lead to orders being missed. We cannot be held
    responsible for incorrect dates being booked.


    You will receive a confirmation email detailing everything you have booked
    including amounts paid, each item selected and your chosen pickup date and
    time. If you need to make an amendment to your booking, then simply reply
    to your confirmation and we can try to accommodate your needs.
    Our counters will also be open for last minute purchases and on the day
    requests. We cannot guarantee any availability, but we will always try and help!

    Once our last booking date has passed, we cannot accept any more orders.

    BOTH SHOPS

    Please note Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve is
    for Pick Up Only – Our counter service will not be open!

    ORDERING DATES
    American Thanksgiving last booking date:
    Monday 13th November 2023
    Christmas last booking date:
    Wednesday 13th December 2023

    Christmas Opening Times

    Monday 18th December – CLOSED
    Tuesday 19th December – Open 9.30am – 5.00pm
    Wednesday 20th December – Open 9.30am – 5.00pm
    Thursday 21st December – Open 9.30am -5.00pm
    Friday 22nd December – Open 9.30am – 5.00pm
    Saturday 23rd December – Open 9.00am – 4.00pm
    Sunday 24th December – Open 8.00am – 1.00pm (Pick up only)

    Monday 25th December – CLOSED
    Tuesday 26th December – CLOSED
    Wednesday 27th December – CLOSED
    Thursday 28th December – CLOSED
    Friday 29th December – Open 9.30am – 5.00pm
    Saturday 30th December – Open 9.00am – 4.00pm
    Sunday 31st December 2023 ☞ Monday 8th January 2024 – CLOSED

    Reopen Tuesday 9th January – 9.30am

  • BBQ Season

    We have all the usual offerings of burgers, sausages, chicken and steaks along with a selection of house made skewers and marinaded items.

    Check with your local shop to see what is on offer this year. Pre-orders for big parties are always welcome along with bank holiday celebrations and street parties!

    We are hoping for another good summer of weather (fingers crossed) but regardless of the weather your local shop will be open and ready to serve.

    Check back soon for more!

  • Smokey Barbecued Chicken Drumsticks

    A simple smokey marinade perfect for barbecued chicken. Prepare the night before and throw on the barbecue when ready to eat. If the weather doesn’t permit you can bake in the oven for 30 mins at 200c. This recipe gives a slight chilli kick but feel free to add or take a way a chilli or two to suit your heat preference. This marinade is also works great with vegetables. Add a little more oil to the paste to loosen to slightly and brush over vegetables such as aubergine and courgettes as they cook on the barbecue.

    Ingredients

    1.5 Kg Chicken Drumsticks

    Mariande

    3 Red Chillis

    6 Cloves of Garlic

    Thumb sized piece of ginger

    1/2 Onion

    2 tsp Smoked paprika

    2 tsp Ground Coriander

    1 1/2 tsp Cumin

    1/2 tsp Cinnamon

    4 Cardamon pods

    1/2 tsp Black pepper corns

    1 tbsp Honey

    The juice of 1 Lime

    2 Tbsp Olive Oil

    1. Take your chicken drumsticks, place in a a large food safe plastic bag and season with salt.
    2. Next start making the marinade. It couldn’t be easier. Simply take all of the marinade ingredients, place in a food process and blend until you have a paste. Don’t worry about trying to achieve a super smooth mixture.
    3. Add the marinade to the chicken bag and thoroughly massage it in making sure to coat every piece of chicken.
    4. Place the bag in a bowl to prevent any possible spillages and put in the fridge to marinade for anything from 2 hours to overnight.
    5. Cook the chicken on a barbecue turning regularly to insure a perfectly charred exterior and juicy interior.