The laurel is not only a beautiful aesthetic decor piece for your garden. Bay leaves can give a delicious final touch to your delicacies. We would like to list some nice dishes.
A GRANDMOTHER'S WAY CLASSIC: spaghetti bolognaise
Italian cuisine has quickly found its way to our Belgian stoves in recent decades. Today, spaghetti bolognaise is a true classic on the menu of many families almost every week.
How to prepare?
- Bay leaves
- Mixed minced meat.
- Dried thyme
- Dried oregano
- Diced tomatoes
- Olive oil
- 1 finely chopped onion. Cut the carrots into slices. Peel and crush 2 cloves of garlic.
- Fry the minced meat in a little oil. Add the onion, carrots and garlic. Mix well.
- Add the tomato cubes, the broth, the oregano, thyme, bay leaf and a dash of port. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
- Boil the pasta in salted water until ready to eat. Drain.
- Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Mix immediately with the spaghetti. Serve with the cheese in a separate bowl.
Hasselback potatoes with bay leaf
A culinary creation by Claudia Allemeersch, who in the past won 'The best hobby chef in Flanders'. As the author of more than ten bestsellers, she also enjoyed serving a nice dish with bay leaves.
Picture copyright Heikki Verdurme
How to prepare?
- 12 ratte potatoes
- Butter for buttering the baking dish
- 8 flat parsley sprigs
- 12 thyme sprigs
- 1 tbsp flaky salt
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 48 bay leaves
- 1 whole fresh garlic bulb, cut into 4 with peel
- 8 carrots, cleaned
- 8 black peppercorns
- 4 rosemary sprigs
- Sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Wash the potatoes and place them between 2 skewers (wooden spoons). Cut the potato every 0,5 cm, bt do not cut it down to the bottom (hence the sticks) so that the bottom of the potato stays together.
- Butter a oven dish and arrange the potatoes in it.
- Zip the leaves of 6 thyme springs in a mortar. Add the leaves of the flat parsley along with the salt and crush into a paste.
- Add the olive oil and mix well.
- Pour the mixture over the potaties and shake well so that the skin is surrounded by the spice-oil mixture.
- Stick the bay leaves into the slots and add rosemary and other thyme sprigs along with the garlic, peppercorns and carrots.
- Place the dish in the oven for 40 minutes until the potatoes are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.
- Better remove the bay leaves before eating the potato. Best served with a spoonful of sour cream.
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