Caramelized Garlic Tart

 Seriously, if you don’t have one of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks you need to stop what your doing go to Amazon and buy one. This dish is from Plenty – I made one minor change, I grated the Gouda. This dish is rich so serve it with a healthy salad or veggie side. The flavors are unbelievable – it is worth every single mouth watering calorie. 

Ingredients
1 sheet of puffed pastry, defrosted
3 medium heads garlic, peeled
1 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 c water
3/4 TBSP sugar
1 tsp rosemary, chopped
1 tsp thyme leaves
4 1/2 oz cherve, broken into chunks
4 1/4 oz goat gouda, shredded
2 eggs
3.5 oz half and half
3.5 oz creme fraich
Pepper

Roll out pastry to fit an 11 inch fluted tart pan. Line the pan with the pastry and fold and trim any excess. place a piece of parchment over the pastry and fill withbpie weights or dried beans. Chill for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350. Place the tart in then oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the weights and paper and bake 5 – 10 more minutes until golden. Remove and set aside.

Place garlic in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and blanch for 3 minutes. Drain and return to pan with olive oil. Fry the garlic cloves on high heat for 3 – 4 minutes until they start to brown. Add water and balsamic bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add sugar, rosemary, thyme and 1/4 tsp salt. Simmer over medium flame for 10 minutes until garlic is coated in a thick syrup. Set aside.

Whisk together eggs, half and half, creme fraiche and pepper. Set aside.

To assemble, evenly distributed gouda, cherve and garlic. Carefully pour egg mixture over the cheese and garlic.

Reduce oven to 325 and bake for 30 – 45 minutes, until golden brown.

Serves 8.

Roasted Artichokes & Asparagus

  
This recipe brings all the goodness of spring into a simple and easy to prepare dish. Thanks Cooking Light for the inspiration. If you have the time and the inclination you can use fresh artichokes, I’m too lazy so I defrosted a couple bags of frozen.

Ingredients:
1 lb frozen or canned baby artichokes
10 thin lemon slices
1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 TBSP butter, melted
4 TBSP chopped fresh flat-leaf
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp eash salt and pepper
1/4 c pine nuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 450.

In a rinmed baking sheet toss together artichokes, 1 TBSP olive oil and lemon slices. Arrange in a single layer. Roast for 20 minutes until the artichokes begin to brown. 

Toss asparagus and remaining olive oil with the artichokes and roast 15 – 20 more minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times until asparagus is tender.
Add butter, parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper and pine nuts, stir to combine.

Serves 8. 3 WW PP




Fregola with Green Peas, Mint & Ricotta

 This recipe was inspired by Bon Appetite to which I made a few minor changes. The mint really makes the dish special. If you don’t have fresh peas, frozen are fine. You can buy Fregola on Amazon, or swap in another small pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 c Fregola
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 oz pancetta, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 c chicken broth
  • Pepper
  • 2 TBDP mint, chopped
  • 4 oz ricotta

Cook fregola in a large pot of boiling salted water until very al dente, 6–8 minutes. Drain pasta (do not rinse), reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium and cook bacon, stirring often, until bacon is brown around the edges, about 5 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add wine, bring to a simmer, and cook until skillet is almost dry, about 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Add fregola and cook, stirring often, until pasta is just al dente and broth is thickened, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add peas and chopped mint and cook, stirring, until peas are warmed through, about 2 minutes. Add pasta cooking liquid as needed to adjust consistency.

Serve topped with ricotta, mint, and cracked pepper and drizzled with oil.

Serves 4.