Archive | November 2015

Savory Apple-Cheese Kugel

So originally this week the plan was to make some sort of savory bread pudding dish. I wasn’t quite sure where I was going with the concept, but it’s been getting colder and some comforting carb-y casserole seemed like the way to go. But as I was debating, I remembered I still had egg noddles in my pantry from the kugel experiment, and how I’d said I would try to make a non-dessert-like kugel. So, that’s what I did!

Savory Kugel
6 ounces egg noddles
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
2 large leaves of kale, chopped into little pieces
Salt
pepper
1 granny smith apples
1-2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Cook the egg noodles until just shy of al dente (or, if you are me, until they are done). Drain and stick back into the pot. Add the butter and let it melt into the noodles, stirring so all the noodles are covered in butter. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Mix in salt, pepper, kale, and cheese. Add the apples, and noodles and mix the whole thing together thoroughly with your hands – try to get the kale and cheese evenly distributed. Add the milk while you mix. Stick in a baking dish and bake, covered for 30ish minutes at 375. Serve warm or room temperature.

savory kugel

This was really good!! The egg kinda ended up on the bottom creating a sort of egg-y base, but it was still quite tasty. I was skeptical that I had used enough cheese, but it ended up working out extremely well. Yay!! All in all I’d call this recipe a major success, and both cheese and kale complimented the apples surprisingly well. Song of the Week: Sing by Pentatonix. I finally broke down and bought the new Pentatonix album! I was actually going to go with “Can’t Stop Love” but I’m kinda obsessed with Sing. It’s so uplifting and anthemic, and makes me feel awesome about life. So listen to it and feel good!

Misadventures in Making Baked Brie

So this was one of those weekends where things just sucked and everything kept going wrong. Seriously, it was ridiculous. Finally after my glasses broke Sunday night, I decided to make baked Brie to make myself feel better. Naturally this did not turn out quite as I intended. For the record, there is nothing wrong with the recipe per se; it’s actually quite tasty. The execution of me making it however…

1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
Pinch of salt
Cold water
Brie
1-2 tablespoons honey
1 tsp finely chopped rosemary

Measure flour and salt into a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut in the butter until there are no significant sized lumps. If compressed, the dough should almost be able to stick together. Add water, a little at a time, until the dough comes together. The dough should be soft and pliable, but cohesive and not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. After you’ve made the dough, roll out a circle large enough to cover the brie. Place the brie in the center of the dough. Spoon some honey on top of the brie and then sprinkle the rosemary on top of that. Fold the dough so the brie is fully encased and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

So – what happened to me was when the Brie melted, it found a hole in the pastry and spread all over the baking pan, where most of it burned, leaving mostly a shell behind. So I cut it open, sliced a little more brie and stuck it on while the pastry was still hot so it’d melt a bit and drizzled a little more honey on it.

yeah... not quite how I intended things to go

yeah… not quite how I intended things to go

Which worked extremely well and was ultimately a perfectly yummy snack with some red wine, a Tempranillo in this case – which worked really well. So, how do you avoid my mistake? Use a wheel of brie, with a rind all the way around rather than tempt fate with a wedge. Also, the honey doesn’t stay on top of the brie the way jam does, so you might want to cut out a circle of the top rind and place the honey there. And make sure there aren’t holes on the sides or bottoms of your dough. All fairly obvious things to do really and yet… Song of the week: Schadenfreude from Avenue Q. Self-explanatory given my weekend I think.

Corsican Square Squash Tarts

To be honest, I wanted to do this recipe, again adapted from the French Market Cookbook (I love that thing), because of the shape. I’ve done circles, half-moons, triangles and little cups when making various tarts and tartlets, but I had never done one in a square form. I thought it looked cool, and I had some leftover squash from my pasta experiment a couple weeks ago so it seemed like a good idea to roll with it.

Tartlet dough
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/3 cup butter
several tablespoons cold water

Measure flour and salt into a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut in the butter until there are no significant sized lumps. If compressed, the dough should almost be able to stick together. Add water, a little at a time, until the dough comes together. The dough should be soft and pliable, but cohesive and not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Filling
1/2 medium butternut squash, diced
1/3 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
salt
olive oil
pepper

Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil until soft. Toss in a bowl with the squash, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Roll out the dough into a large square and divide it into about 4 squares. Stick an equal amount of the filling in each square. Take a square and fold two of the corners to the center, pressing them together. Then do the other two corners. There should be a little space for steam but otherwise all pressed together. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 400.

tartlet with tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella

tartlet with tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella

This was pretty good, but I’ve made a bunch of different butternut squash tarts and this was not my favorite. I liked the fresh rosemary, but it tasted like it was missing something honestly. I melted some raclette (a fairly intense french cheese) and that help but I was still sort of like, yeah, it’s good, but it’s not great. Sadly not a “holy shit try this!!!!”  recipe.  I like the French Market Cookbook, but I find the recipes to be a bit hit or miss personally. Song of the week: Lean On/Lean On Me mashup by Sam Tsui. I said last week that I was equally obsessed with Sam Tsui and Postmodern Jukebox. Well, since last week I did PM Jukebox, this week I’m rolling with Sam Tsui. He’s ridiculously talented though (and makes me feel kinda lackluster since we are effectively the same age, le sigh) so enjoy!