Crème Fraîche Salad Dressing

Creamy, yet light, this dressing is fantastic tossed with greens and thinly-sliced radish.

Ingredients:
¼ cup crème fraîche
¾ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1-2 scallions, white parts only finely-minced, or 1 shallot, peeled and finely-minced
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and pepper

Method:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, olive oil, and honey.

2. Add the scallion or shallot, vinegar, salt, and pepper and whisk again. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste, or a touch more vinegar if you prefer your dressing on the acidic side.

Potato Salad with Crème Fraîche & Mint

This unique recipe from Jamie Oliver ingeniously combines fresh mint, crème fraîche and Anaheim chile.

Ingredients:
2 pounds baby red potatoes, scrubbed
1 cup crème fraîche
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
1 Anaheim chile, seeded and finely chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Gently boil potatoes in a large pot of salted water until tender, then drain. Allow to cool slightly, then slice all potatoes in half.

2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and dress with crème fraîche, lemon juice and zest, sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Stir in half of the fresh mint and sliced pepper in with the salad, then use the remaining mint and pepper to garnish the finished dish.

Black Radish Cream

Substitute this zingy spread for horseradish in your favorite recipes.

Ingredients:
1 cup coarsely-grated black radish*
1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh oregano or chives, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine all ingredients. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired. Chill before serving.

*To grate the radish, first trim the radishes from their green tops, and then wash and scrub their tough outer skin. Then, using the large holes of a standard cheese grater, grate the radish flesh on a paper towel-lined plate. Use paper towel to then squeeze any excess moisture from grated radish, then incorporate as described above.

Baked Eggs with Crème Fraîche & Fresh Herbs

These oeufs en cocotte boast a wonderful balance between the rich crème fraîche and the bright parsley and chives.

Ingredients:
8 large eggs
1 cup Farm & Larder crème fraîche
Pinch nutmeg
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

2. Season the crème fraîche with salt, freshly ground pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.

3. Place a heaped tablespoon of crème fraîche in the bottom of a small individual ramekin or custard cup*, followed by a sprinkling of parsley and chives. Crack an egg on top, add a second tablespoon of crème fraîche and sprinkle with an additional pinch each of salt, pepper and nutmeg. Repeat with remaining ramekins.

4. Place the ramekins in a baking dish and pour enough lukewarm water into the dish to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the egg yolks are set to your liking. Finish each serving with additional chopped herbs.

*This dish can also be made in a large baking dish, or even in a few smaller baking dishes. Spread a thin layer of cheese and herbs on bottom, carefully crack eggs and space out evenly, then dollop additional cheese and add water as directed above.

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