CARROT TART WITH RICOTTA AND HERBS (Yield: 6 Servings)
2 cups ricotta
¼ cup heavy cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion, thinly sliced
4 large carrots (about 8 ounces), scrubbed, thinly sliced into coins
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 large egg, beaten to blend
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons small dill sprigs
- Preheat oven to 425°. Whisk ricotta and cream in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.
- Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until soft and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and cook, tossing occasionally, 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Lightly roll out pastry on parchment paper just to smooth out creases. Transfer on paper to a baking sheet. Lightly score a 1″ border around pastry. Brush with egg; bake until golden and slightly puffed, 10–15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and spread ricotta mixture over pastry, staying within border. Scatter reserved onion and carrots over top. Bake until carrots are tender, onion is starting to caramelize, and pastry is golden brown and baked through, 30–35 minutes. Let cool.
- Just before serving, toss herbs and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Scatter over tart.
- Do Ahead: Tart can be baked 6 hours ahead. Store tightly wrapped at room temperature.
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Another weekend . . . Another frittata! You can literally take anything that you have leftover in the fridge and make something fabulous to serve up. I made this frittata shortly after the holidays and used up the very last of the Christmas ham, along with onion, cheese and fresh herbs. My favorite method is to begin the prep on the stove and finish it in the oven. Make sure you watch the progress carefully so that your frittata maintains its moisture as it firms up. Serve it with some sausage, hot rolls and fresh fruit for a healthy, satisfying brunch.
Onion, Ham, and Cheese Frittata (Serves 4-6)
- Position a rack about 8 inches from the broiler and preheat.
- Mellt the butter in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions get very soft, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and milk in a medium bowl with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper until smooth. Transfer onions to a bowl to cool. Reserve the skillet.
- Stir the onions, ham, herbs and cheese into the eggs.
- Heat the non-stick skillet. Pour the frittata mixture into the pan and stir to make sure the fillings are evenly arranged. Cook, stirring gently a couple times in the first minutes of cooking. Then let the mixture cook undisturbed until the bottom sets, about 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the eggs are just set and brown, about 5 minutes. Take care not to overcook or the eggs will be dry. Remove from the oven, cover, and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Invert the frittata onto a large plate or platter. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
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If you have just one potato, some eggs and just a little bit of prosciutto (or ham or pancetta) around this is the recipe for you! Brown the diced potato and some onion in an oven safe skillet. I choose to add my garlic a little later — I am always concerned about it cooking too fast in relation to the chopped onion. Whisk together the eggs, cream, prosciutto, parmesan and some fresh basil while the rest of the ingredients brown up in the pan. Add the mixture to the veggies and cook at medium high until it begins to set. Place the skillet under the broiler until the top has firmed up and the frittata has turned golden brown. For me it took about 7 minutes — it depends on your oven and at what point you decide to transfer the skillet. Pop right out of the pan and onto a plate using a spatula. You can either serve it on bread as suggested below or alone with a side salad. We decided to serve it on toasted harvest bread with a side of Brussels sprouts in butter. A beautiful mouthful!
FRITTATA WITH POTATO AND PROSCIUTTO (Serves 6)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (7-ounce) potato, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 2 ounces sliced prosciutto, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1 baguette, cut into 8 pieces
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- Heat the oil in a heavy 9 1/2-inch-diameter skillet over medium heat. Add the potato, onion, and garlic. Season the potato mixture with salt and pepper, to taste. Saute over medium-low heat until the potato is golden and crisp on the outside, tender inside, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Preheat the broiler. Whisk the eggs, cream, Parmesan, prosciutto, and basil in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the egg mixture into the potato mixture in the skillet. Cook over medium-low heat until the egg mixture is almost set but the top is still loose, about 3 minutes. Place the skillet under the broiler. Broil until the top is set and golden brown, about 4 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, loosen the frittata from skillet and slide the frittata onto a cutting board. Cut the frittata into 12 wedges.
- Split open each bread piece. Toast the bread on a grill pan until golden. You can also broil the bread cut side up until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes, keeping a careful watch on the bread since they can easily burn. Butter the cut sides of the toasted bread. Arrange a frittata wedge on each bottom piece of bread. Cover with the bread tops and serve.
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Well, it finally happened. I broke down and made biscuits and gravy. I just couldn’t resist this wonderful recipe for biscuits and gravy served in this unique manner. Store bought biscuits are cut in half, rolled and placed in a ring in a 10″ skillet. Sausage gravy is prepared and then poured into the middle before the pan is placed in the oven for 25 minutes. It is a beautiful way to serve this old-fashioned favorite. Perfect for holiday company!!
BISCUIT AND GRAVY RING (Serves 6-8)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an ovenproof 10” skillet with cooking spray.
- Cook sausage in a medium skillet over medium heat until browned all over cooked through. Sprinkle flour over the sausage and cook for about a minute. Pour in milk and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until very thick, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne. Turn off heat.
- Cut each biscuit in half and roll halves into balls. Place around the perimeter of skillet to form a ring. The biscuit pieces should be touching! Add gravy to the center of the biscuit ring.e broth quickly and help keep it fresher longer. This can be done the night before and stored in the refrigerator until the next day.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes minutes until the biscuits are golden. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm.
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