Imagine if a pizza and a croissant had a baby. It would be a savory, flaky tart just like this! Puff pastry makes the flaky crust, topped with mushrooms, shallots, and thyme, then drizzled with a bit of truffle oil, sprinkled with goat cheese crumbles and baked till puffed and golden. This was my first time working with puff pastry and it was not as difficult as I had feared – it was actually quite easy. I always thought of it as something akin to phyllo dough, which requires brushing each layer with oil or butter as you use it, but puff pastry was much easier to work with. You just kind of unroll it and use it. What a nice surprise! Continue reading
This is like a next-level fruit & cheese platter for a light, elegant end to your meal. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of black plums, especially with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of flaky sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a few fresh thyme leaves. Once you pull these little guys out of the oven, crumble some gorgonzola on top (or goat cheese if you’re not into the blue stuff), let it melt a bit, and drizzle with honey. Voilá!
Love mushrooms? This is definitely a Lazy Sunday kind of recipe. It takes a bit longer, but oh is it worth it. Three kinds of mushrooms enriched with a touch of truffle oil, layered with Dijon cheese sauce and tomato thyme sauce between creamy sheets of pasta and baked to perfection, then sprinkled with crumbs and cheese and crisped up to add a crunchy topping. You know I love some crunch! I won’t pretend this is slenderizing, but if you want to pull out the stops for a special occasion for the mushroom lovers you know, this is just the thing! You might even fool those carnivores. If you’re making this for a dinner party, just put it together in advance and pop it in the oven when your guests arrive. If you don’t have any truffle oil, just leave it out, but if you love mushrooms, it’s nice to have on hand since it’s like a hit of super mushroom intensity! Continue reading
Creamy pumpkin topped by crunchy parmesan-herb topping….parmesan, sage, rosemary and thyme… yes please! Sometimes we think of pumpkin as being a sweet thing (which it is) but it’s so nice to mix it up and try a savory preparation. Bonus: your home will smell heavenly as these are roasting. Thanks to the geniuses at Ottolenghi – every one of their recipes I’ve tried has been outstanding (check out this post for chilled soba noodles with mango, eggplant, and basil, as well as the cookbook, for more Ottolenghi goodness!). One day maybe I’ll make it to their restaurant in London. Continue reading