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This reminds me of the sausage my Dad made with venison. I didn't like eating "Bambi", but I loved his sausage. While I am not normally a breakfast eater, I have seen some rather luscious pancake and French toast recipes posted. Add some maple syrup and I'll join you for brunch! The recipe is from Bon Appetit 1989. Prep time includes refrigeration.
Creme Fraiche (pronounced "fresh") is not an item easily found in local grocery stores, in certain parts of the country. The French use it often in cooking and whenever a recipe called for this ingredient, of course, I didn't have it! Then Food & Wine published it and I use it again and again. I always have it on hand in the refrigerator just "in case" I have to use my imagination and whip up a sauce for something fast! A tablespoon of creme fraiche swished into the drippings of any pan roasted pork chop or chicken breast (& a dash of white wine) turns it into an amazing meal. If you don't know about this wonderful cream, try it and you'll find more uses to this "secret" ingredient :)
Here is a great idea for all you garlic lovers that use a lot of garlic in your recipes, with this method you will always have minced garlic when ever you need it, no need to start peeling and chopping cloves for a recipe it's already done and ready for use, in your freezer --- I usually do 30 large heads of garlic at a time so I have enough garlic for a couple of months --- to defrost just pop a frozen garlic cube in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds --- save your plastic trays to use just for the garlic as they will absorb the garlic smell :)
Many of the recipes that I have posted here at Recipezaar call for low-sodium and/or low-fat vegetable broth/stock. For those of you who have trouble finding such a product in stores, here is a quick, easy, inexpensive recipe to make your own.
Variations: Aioli---add chopped garlic, Basil---chop basil and add, Cilantro---add chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice, Sun-dried Tomato---soak first in hot water; drain, chop and add, Tartar Sauce---add chopped pickle, onion and roasted red peppers, Thousand Island---make like Tartar Sauce but add catsup and hard cooked egg