Effortless Baking: French Apple Tart

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When I was in Paris I had this apple dessert, similar to a cheese danish. It was beyond delicious, and I haven’t stopped thinking about since. I couldn’t remember exactly what made it so special, except that it had crème fraîche in it.

So I set out over New Years weekend to make something similar that would bring me back to my time in France.

 

Rustic French Apple Tart

1 package puff pastry

4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/2 inch thick

1/2 cup crème fraîche

Frangipane: 6 ounces Almond Paste, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 stick salted butter

Egg wash: 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Demerara sugar, for sprinkling

Crust:

  • Take one sheet of puff pastry and gentry roll in out to fit a 9×9 french tart pan
  • Cut any remaining pastry off the tops to make an even, flat base for the dessert.

Frangipane:

  • In a food processor, add almond paste and butter. Whip for a few minutes until combined, light and fluffy.
  • Add sugar, and whip for 1 minute.
  • Add egg, and let whip for another minute until combined and smooth.

Apples:

  • Peel, core, and slice apples about 1/2 an inch thick. If you want to do them ahead, toss them in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to keep from oxidizing. If you will make tart right away, you don’t need to do this step. image2

Assembly:

  • Take your tart pan with pastry already laid into it.
  • Spoon frangipane over the dough evenly.
  • On top of the frangipane layer, spoon the crème fraîche. Smooth it evenly over the top not to combine layers.
  • Next, lay the apples into the crème fraîche, evening in rows of three. They should overlap each other just a little.
  • Brush the top with your egg wash lightly, not to put too much or it will pool over the dessert.
  • Sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top of the dessert evenly.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes, rotating 2 times.image1(3)

The tart will be done when it is golden brown, the crust has puffed and is cooked all the way through, the apples are soft, and the sugar has caramelized on top.

Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from the tart pan.

Place on a cooling rack another 10 minutes and serve either warm or room temperature.

This tart takes a small amount of time to assemble, but is super impressive to guests, and absolutely delicious. The flavors of rich almond and tart apple go so well together and when the crème fraîche bakes, it becomes a creamy, almost cheese-like layer in this dessert, making something completely unique and memorable.

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I hope you try this dessert out, and more of my recipes available here on Homegrownmeals.com

Bon Appetit!

 

Sean Patrick Gallagher

Hazlenut Chia Seed Pudding with Berries, Apples, and PALEOKRUNCH Grainless Granola

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Hazelnut Chia Seed Pudding

                                                         Hazelnut Chia Seed Pudding (Photo Credit Jack O’brien)

 

Hazelnut Chia Seed Pudding

1/2 Cup Chia Seeds

2 Cups Hazelnut Milk

2 Tablespoons Honey or Agave

1/2 Teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1 Granny smith apple, diced

1/2 pint Strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup PALEO KRUNCH Grainless Granola

  • Blend together hazelnut milk, honey, and cinnamon with a pinch of salt
  • Whisk in chia seeds until combined
  • Place in the fridge and let the chia seeds absorb all the liquid
  • Let sit at least 1 hour, and it can easily be made the night before.
  • Top with diced fruit and Paleo Krunch Grainless Granola

 

Paleo Krunch is a gluten free product that I use for breakfast or as a snack. It’s a great alternative and works perfect in this Paleo/Gluten-free/Dairy-free breakfast or dessert dish.

 

 

 

Happy Eating!

 

-Chef Sean Patrick Gallagher

Simple-Beautiful Food

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Celebrating the simple beauty of food with some images from the last few months.

Fresh mozzarella shingled with ripe beefsteak tomatoes and basil

Fresh mozzarella shingled with ripe beefsteak tomatoes and basil

A brunch favorite, brioche french toast with Vermont maple syrup and macerated blueberries

A brunch favorite, brioche french toast with Vermont maple syrup and macerated blueberries

Gorgeous roasted eggplant slices topped with tomato sauce and feta

     Gorgeous roasted eggplant slices topped with tomato sauce and feta

Roasted root vegetables with shards of parmesan

                                  Roasted root vegetables with shards of Parmesan

Beautiful Jersey fresh Strawberries, sliced and shingled of Fage greek yogurt mixed with a bit of honey

Beautiful Jersey fresh Strawberries, sliced and shingled of Fage greek yogurt mixed with a bit of honey

 

Happy Eating

 

– Chef Sean Patrick Gallagher

Home Grown Meal: Avocado Smoothie

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A powerful way to start your day or enjoy as I did, post workout. Packed with flavor and with a silky smooth texture. This is one of my favorite ways to get a quick and healthy snack/meal in.

This smoothie is super savory and is great for lunchtime.

 

 Avocado Smoothie 


Powerful green smoothie to start your day

                  Powerful green smoothie to start your day

1 each, ripe Avocado

1 stalk Celery, large chunks

1/4 English cucumber, large chunks

1 handful Kale, stemmed and torn in large pieces

1 1/2 cups Almond Milk, Unsweetened

Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey

 

  • Make sure all veggies are scrubbed and clean
  • Remove pit from avocado and meat from the skin
  • Fill blender with kale, celery, cucumber, Almond milk, and avocado
  • Blend smooth: I used a Nutribullet and it works beautifully.

 

This smoothie would also be great with the addition of Flax seeds, Nut and Seed butters, Chia Seeds, Nuts, more veggies and also fruits.

 

Enjoy!

-Chef Sean Patrick Gallagher

#365healthyliving

#Chef Approved – “Sweet Sunshine Sauce”

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Hello all! I wanted to share a product I have come to love, “Sweet Sunshine Sauces.”

“Sweet Sunshine” is an award winning line of gourmet sauces. They have six flavors that are all natural, vegan, gluten, preservative, extract, and fat free. They work as condiments, glazes, or as a delicious finishing sauce.”

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Sweet Sauce

An ancho chile based sauce, this is the most mild of them all. It’s great as a dipping sauce or used as a marinade.

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Warm Sauce

Habanero and Cayenne based sauce, it has a great smokiness and chile flavor.

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Roasted Shallot & Garlic

My favorite of the line, it’s the same as the “Warm” sauce but blended with caramelized shallots and garlic. It’s has the richest flavor, in my opinion.

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Jamaican Jerk

This sauce is hot and has so much going on. Jerk seasoning from St. Ann, Jamaica, W.I. as well as scotch bonnet peppers and scallions. It’s a very flavorful sauce. I used it as a marinade for chicken thighs along with honey for added sweetness and it was delicious. So hot it made me sweat.

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Hot Sauce

A blend of ancho and Red Savina Habanero chilies. This sauces is FIERY. Perfect for the person in your life that likes the burn!

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Photo Credit: SweetSunshine.com

Atomic Sauce

This sauce is crazy hot as it’s name might lead you to believe. A few drops on top of braised meats or on Tex-mex food is all you need to ignite your mouth. Too intense to cook with in my opinion, this one is for the real pepper-heads out there.

I chose my favorite sauce to make a recipe with. I loved the flavor of the Roasted Shallot & Garlic sauce so I developed this lean- healthy meatloaf recipe. The granny smith apple and currants add sweetness while the pine nuts give some needed fat and flavor. The Sweet Sunshine “Roasted Shallot & Garlic” Sauce shines in this dish and comes through with a great spice level. This meatloaf would be perfect over a bed of fresh lettuces or with some cauliflower couscous or sweet potato puree.

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

1.5 pounds ground turkey breast (You can also use ground turkey thigh, for more richness)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

1/2 white onion, minced

1 granny smith apple, small dice

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup currants

2 T finely ground almond meal

1 large egg, beaten

3 T Ketchup, divided

1/2 cup Sweet Sunshine Roasted Shallot & Garlic Sauce, divided

1/2 t kosher salt

Freshly cracked black pepper

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

  • In a skillet, cook onions until caramelized, add garlic, thyme, and apples.
  • Continue to cook until the apples have begun to caramelize. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Stir in toasted pine nuts and currants.
  • In a bowl mix together egg, 1/2 of the Sweet Sunshine Roasted Shallot & Garlic Sauce, 2 T ketchup, salt & pepper, and almond meal.
  • Mix turkey meat into sauce mixture, when combined add sauteed apple mixture.
  • In bottom of a loaf pan, add the remaining Sweet Sunshine Roasted Shallot & Garlic Sauce and the remaining ketchup, mix to combine.
  • Pack the meatloaf mix on top of the sauce, pat to make sure there’s no air pocket.
  • Bake at 375º for 45 minutes. Insert a knife to make sure that the loaf is cooked all the way through.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes and invert. The sauce will be caramelized on top.
  • Allow 5-10 minutes for the meatloaf to redistribute its juices and then you can slice to eat.
Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Turkey Meatloaf

For more information about Sweet Sunshine and ordering info:

Website: Sweetsunshine.com

Telephone: (860) 567-3529

One 10oz bottle runs for $6.99. It really is a great product and different kind of condiment for sandwiches, wraps, marinades for different proteins, dips, and burgers. You should definitely check it out, because it is #ChefApproved.

Cheers

Chef Sean Patrick Gallagher

Thai Curry Pineapple and Shrimp “Fried” Quinoa

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I always want to take something that I love and know is not the healthiest, and transform it into something that is guilt free. This recipe fuses different flavors together of red curry and coconut milk with pineapple, shrimp, and quinoa. The result is a delicious, healthy, and satisfying meal that you will want to make time and time again. The best part is you can change out different ingredients to make different meals. Change out the shrimp for chicken, the quinoa for brown rice, and the curry sauce for ponzu and you have another great meal using the same methodology.

Thai Curry Pineapple and Shrimp “Fried” Quinoa

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serves 8-10 (This is a huge recipe, I made it to eat over several meals)

2 cups Tricolor Quinoa

4 cups, vegetable stock, shrimp stock, or water

2 pounds, peeled and devained, 16/20 Shrimp

1 onion, small diced

8 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, small dice

1/2 in piece, fresh ginger, minced or grated

1/2 large pineapple, medium dice

1 container crimini mushrooms, sliced thinly

2 T sesame oil

2 T soy sauce

4 T red curry paste

1 can coconut milk

1/2 t fish sauce

1/2 bu chopped mint

1/2 bu chopped cilantro

3 limes, juiced

3 T coconut oil

Optional: If you want it a bit sweeter add some honey or palm sugar

  • Cook the quinoa first, bring 1 T of coconut oil to heat in a large covered pot, add the quinoa stirring to slightly toast. Pour over stock or water and cook covered for 15-20 minutes until soft, stirring every 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat off and set aside.

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  • Prepare all your vegetables and measure out the rest of your ingredients.
  • In a large saute pan add 1T of coconut oil, bring to heat and add your onions.
  • Sauté onions for 2-3 minutes until softened, add your garlic.
  • Next add your bell pepper and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Next add your mushrooms and cook on high heat until softened.
  • Add your pineapple next and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Remove contents of pan to a bowl and place pan back on burner.

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  • Add your final amount of coconut oil, and bring to high heat.
  • Season shrimp with salt pepper and a touch of sesame oil.
  • Add shrimp to pan and cook on high heat for 2 minutes to achieve so color and browning.
  • Add your red curry paste and coat the shrimp.
  • Add the soy sauce and sesame oil.
  • Cook for 2 minutes and then add the coconut milk.
  • Stir and scrape the pan to get all flavorings up.
  • Turn heat down and simmer for 3-4 minutes until shrimp are nice and tender and sauce has thickened.
  • Add your mint and cilantro as well as lime juice.
  • Add 2 T of sriracha to the sauce and stir to combine.
  • Taste for seasoning, can sweeten here if you desire or keep as is.

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Now you have three components. You can mix them all together or if you want to achieve the “fried” rice aspect of the dish.

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  • Place a sauté on high heat, add a scoop of quinoa and start to crisp up.
  • On the quinoa is crispy, add a scoop of vegetable mixture.
  • Cook for 1 minute, then add a scoop of shrimp curry.
  • Cook for an additional 1 minute and serve hot, top with more lime, sriracha and chopped cilantro.

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This dish is absolutely delicious and although there are steps involved it is well worth i!

Remember healthy doesn’t have to mean bland.

Cheers!

Chef Sean Gallagher

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Pan-Seared Chili Lime Salmon, Sauté of Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Green Leaf Lettuce

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Delicious, crunchy salmon skin

Delicious, crunchy salmon skin

 

 

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “D” for delicious. This dish literally takes 15 minutes to prepare and so deliciously healthy and satisfying you will make it time and time again.

 

Pan-Seared Chili Lime Salmon with Sauté of Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes over a bed of Green Leaf

Cook Time: 15 minutes 

1 8oz portion of skin on, pin-boned Salmon

1/2 pint Cherry tomatoes, I love Satur Farms heirlooms

1 small shallot or vidalia onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T mexican oregano, I use Dean & DeLuca brand

1 T chili pepper blend, I use Dean & DeLuca brand

1 portion green leaf lettuce, can substitute for any lettuce 

2 T coconut oil

1 t kosher salt, divided 

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lime, juiced 

2 T hot sauce, I used Empanada Mama’s red sauce, always on hand 🙂 

 

  • Place a large sauté pan on high heat.
  • Prep all your ingredients and have them ready to go for a quick cooking session.
  • Mince the onion, halve your cherry tomatoes, mince the garlic.
  • Season your salmon with the salt and pepper.
  • Mix together the two spices and set aside. 
  • Once the pan is smoking hot, add 1 T of coconut oil. Remove from heat and place your salmon skin down into the pan. 
  • Hold the fish down so the skin is completely in contact with the pan. You can do this with your hand, a spatula or another pan. 
  • Place the pan back on the stove and reduce heat to medium high. 
  • Continue to cook until skin is golden brown and crispy. 
  • Remove your salmon with tongs and place into spice mixture. 
  • Cover both sides and return to the pan. 
  • Brown both sides of salmon with spice mixture. Should take 2-3 minutes per side. 
  • Remove salmon to the side to rest a moment.
  • Add 1/2 T of coconut oil to the pan, and add the onion and garlic. 
  • Scrape the pan to remove all bits of caramelized salmon and spices.
  • Continue to cook on medium high until onion has started to soften, about 3 minutes. 
  • Add your tomatoes and turn the heat up, add the juice of half a lime, season with remaining salt and pepper. 
  • Cook for a few moments to soften tomatoes and add your hot sauce. 
  • In your serving bowl, add lettuce tossed with remaining lime juice, coconut oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. 
  • Remove sauté from the heat. 
  • Place your Salmon atop the greens and cover with the sauté. 

 

The salmon will start to wilt the greens and sauté will mix with the seasoning on the salmon and create magic. 

 

Absolutely delicious and easy, healthy meal that you can interchange with many different flavorings.

 

I hope you try this out! 

 

Cheers,

 

Chef Sean Gallagher

 

Orange and Marjoram Roast Chicken, Homemade Tagliatelle, Herb Butter Roasted Asparagus

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Beautiful meal to entertain

Beautiful meal to entertain

 

I’ve had a roasting chicken in my freezer for a few weeks and decided, since there is literally nothing better than roast chicken, to defrost, brine, and roast off the little bird.

When roasting chicken I like to make sure the skin is completely dry. Dry skin, with pats of butter underneath will lead to deliciously crisp chicken skin. Cooking the chicken at a high temperature to start off the browning, and then lowering it for the rest of the cooking period will make a perfectly crisp and tender-juicy bird.

 

Orange and Marjoram Roast Chicken

3 pound whole chicken, brined (recipe below)

1 bunch carrots (with tops if you prefer)

2 shallots, quartered

4 cloves garlic

1 Orange, cut in quarters

Herb butter

Herb butter smeared all over the chicken - stuffed with garlic and oranges

Herb butter smeared all over the chicken – stuffed with garlic and oranges

 

  • Remove chicken from brine, dry completely.
  • Place carrots, garlic, shallots into a roasting pan, place roasting rack on top. I like to do this so that the juices and fat from the chicken drip down and cook and season the vegetables.
  • On top of the roasting rack place the chicken. I put two cloves garlic and 2 quarters of oranges into the cavity of the chicken. The other two quarters of the orange I roasted alongside the chicken, and let the juices inside concentrate to squeeze over the chicken when eating.
  • Using your fingers, lift the skin off the breast of the chicken, not tearing or removing, but lifting from the meat.
  • Use one hand to hold skin open, and the other to stuff herb butter down under the skin onto the breast meat of the chicken.
  • Stuff as much butter under the skin as you can, and anywhere else under the skin of the chicken you desire.
  • Pat the skin back down, season the chicken with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Drizzle with a little olive oil and place into the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Turn the oven back down and cook at 350 for 1 hour.
  • Check the chicken, if blood is pooling at the back cavity of the bird, then it needs to cook further. If the juices are running clear then it is done.
  • Remove the chicken and let it rest for 15-20 minutes to produce an extremely juicy piece of meat.
Perfectly roasted chicken

Perfectly roasted chicken

Herb Butter

1 stick butter, softened

1 T finely chopped fresh marjoram (Oregano is a fine substitute as well)

2 T finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

1 T finely chopped fresh thyme

1 T orange zest

1/2 t kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

Brine

8 cups water

1/4 cup kosher salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 T herbs de provence

2 T Mustard seeds

1 Orange, juiced and peel

  • Start with 4 cups hot water, add in sugar, salt, orange juice and peel, and seasonings. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add remaining 4 cups of cold water. Submerge your chicken into the brine and leave for 2-6 hours.
  • Remove Chicken from brine, dry off completely and let sit for an hour to let the water content of the chicken equalize.

Herb Butter Roasted Asparagus

1 bu Asparagus

2 T herb butter

Sprinkle salt

Dash ground black pepper

Asparagus smothered in herb butter

Asparagus smothered in herb butter

  • Cut your asparagus to size, removing the woodsy bottom part.
  • Lay them flat on a tray, and drop pats of softened herb butter on them.
  • Using your hands, smear the butter evenly oven all of the asparagus.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of salt and pepper (because the butter is heavily seasoned)
  • Roast at 400 for 7-10 minutes. Do not over cook, they will turn to mush. 🙂

 

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Homemade Tagliatelle Pasta

3 whole large eggs

2 cups durum flour (If you can’t find specialty flours I’ve made it with AP flour at its just delish)

2 T olive oil

1 pinch kosher salt

  • Place two cups of flour and salt into a bowl and make a well.
  • Beat the eggs in a another bowl with the oil.
  • Pour egg mix into the well off the flour.
  • Using a fork, start to combine the egg and flour by mixing in a little in from the sides at a time.
  • Do this until all the liquid is combined. A dough will start to form.
  • Remove this newly formed dough to a lightly floured work surface – a butcher block wood or stainless steel top will work best.
  • Using your hands, knead the dough ball until is forms a smooth surface.
  • The technique for pasta is a little different than bread dough. You want to roll with your palms, to make even motions to create a smooth surface.
  • Kneading the pasta dough onto itself for 6-10 minutes will provide you with a smooth, elastic dough.
  • Wrap the ball of dough in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut in half.
  • Using your pasta machine, start on the lowest setting 0. Feed the dough through the machine until you have an even thickness.
  • Keep doing this, folding the dough over onto itself to get an even rectangle.
  • Do this over and over for each setting until you get to 6 or 7 on your pasta machine.
  • It will become thinner with each setting, and you will need to dust the sheet of pasta with flour to prevent it from sticking together.
  • When the pasta is thin enough that you can almost see through it. Pass it through the cutter on your machine or cut by hand.
  • When the pasta is cut, dust with flour to prevent the strands from sticking together.Pasta ready to be cooked
  • Place the pasta onto a lightly floured sheet pan until ready to cook.
  • Cook in rapidly boiling, salted water for 3-5 minutes. When the pasta is fully cooked it will be floating and have a lighter color.

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*At this point I had taken all the juices from the chicken and scraped the bottom of the roasting pan for all the flavor. Add this to a sauté pan and started to reduce.

 

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As the hot pasta came out of the pot, I added it to the reducing chicken juices. The result was a deliciously flavorful pasta. At the end before serving I added 2 T of leftover herb butter to pan and mixed it together. The flavor of the chicken jus with the pasta and herb butter was incredible and I recommend if you make this dish to do it the same way.

Plated meal, sliced breast meat, tagliatelle, asparagus

Plated meal, sliced breast meat, tagliatelle, asparagus

This meal is a little more involved than the recipes I normally post, but I guarantee that the reward is worth the effort. Delish!

 

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Try it out!

 

Cheers

 

Sean Patrick Gallagher

Strawberry-Rhubarb Oat Tartlets

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Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Tartlet with Whipped Cream and Oat crumbles

Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Tartlet with Whipped Cream and Oat crumbles

 

We always bought these strawberry-rhubarb pies from a local farm when I was growing up. I remember the beautiful balance of sweet and sour. In Connecticut as a kid, my neighbor grew rhubarb and I would pick it with her and make strawberry-rhubarb jellies.

Right now is primetime for rhubarb, and when I saw it at the Amish market I had to grab some up. It is truly versatile. You can add it to savory dishes to add a sour element or balance the sweetness is dessert applications. I made a delish strawberry rhubarb filling to put inside some tart shells. You could use the same filling on waffles, french toast, biscuits, ice cream, pudding, or yogurt.

Here’s what I made and  how I did it.

Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Tartlets

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Tart shells before being baked off

Tart shells before being baked off

Oat crust –

8 tartlets

3/4 cup quick cooking oats

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 t cinnamon

1/8 t ground ginger

pinch salt

1 stick butter, softened

1 T water

  • Pulse the oats in a food processor until fine meal.
  • Add in your flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Pulse to combine.
  • Add in your softened butter, and pulse to combine.
  • Add in 1 T water to make it form into a loose dough.
  • Press the dough down hard into tart shells, making a thin firm shell.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. When the shells come out, press them down while still hot with a towel. Let them cool, then take them out of the molds. Should be crisp and golden brown.
  • Take excess oat crust dough and crumble it on a silpat, bake off until golden brown and save for garnish.

Filling

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

1 2 inch piece orange peel

1 pint strawberries, quartered

1 cup small dice rhubarb

1 vanilla bean, scraped

2 T orange juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 t cornstarch, dissolved in the orange juice

1 T fresh lemon juice

  • Add your sugar and water to a pot, bring to a boil to make a simple syrup.
  • Add your orange peel, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean. Cook for 2-3 minutes to start flavor base.
  • Add your rhubarb and cook until soft. Add your strawberries and cook on low until fruit is soft.
  • Mix your orange juice with the cornstarch. Make sure there are no lumps with your fingers.
  • Bring mix up to a bubble, add in your cornstarch slurry, whisk to combine.
  • Cook on low for 5 minutes to cook out cornstarch, stirring constantly to not scorch.
  • Finish with a T fresh lemon juice to balance flavor. ( I think it makes the dish!)
  • At this point remove the orange peel, vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick. When I cut the peel off the orange, I didn’t get any white pith (which is bitter) so when I removed the peel and saw it was very soft and edible, I finely minced it and added it into the filling. It gave a very pleasant flavor.
  • Move to a shallow dish to cool in the fridge. Will be served chilled.

Whipped Cream

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 T confectionary sugar

1/8 t vanilla extract

  • Whip cream on medium until peaks start to form, add sugar and vanilla, whip on high until firm but not over whipped into butter. Should only take a few minutes.
Easy plated dessert to make at home

Easy plated dessert to make at home

Plating – Take an oat tart and fill it with 2 T of strawberry-rhubarb filling, top with a tablespoon of whipped cream, garnish the top with oat crumbles.

 

 

This dessert is honestly one of the best things i’ve ever made. I highly recommend trying to make them, you can make all different sizes depending on your molds. I made little 3 in tarts in molds. They would be great as a plated dessert, on a brunch buffet, or dessert bar, or just make them for a romantic dinner at home for two.

 

Enjoy!

Delish

Delish

Cheers

 

Sean Patrick Gallagher

Carnitas

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Carnitas - braised pork tacos with white onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado, lime, hot sauce

Carnitas – braised pork tacos with white onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado, lime, hot sauce

I bought a 5 pound pork shoulder last week and have trying to think what to make. I love pork because of its versatility, you can give it any kind of flavoring, and cook it multiple ways.

In the kitchen, I would make 50-100 pounds of roast pork in a day. I would cover the pork shoulders in a dry rub of brown sugar, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, onion powder, a ton of salt and pepper. Then cover it with mustard and ketchup (Weird I know, but a delish tip from Daryl – Thanks Daryl!). Cover the whole lot of them in chicken stock and let them braise for 6 hours. The result, the most delicious, decadent.. salty, fatty pulled pork.

Today I am trying something different, I’m cutting the cooking time by 1/2 by cutting the meat smaller, and boiling, then roasting it.

Carnitas - braised pork tacos with white onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado, lime, hot sauce

Carnitas – braised pork tacos with white onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado, lime, hot sauce

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Prep: 15-20 minutes

Cook time: 2.5 hours

5 pound Boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3 inch cubes

2 cups chopped vegetables: I say use whatever you have on its way out in the crisper, I had some celery, onion, carrots, and bell pepper scraps.

8 cloves garlic

2 limes, cut in half

1 jalapeño, cut in half

1 cup orange juice

1 bottle light beer, I used corona

1 T Mexican oregano

1 T ground cumin

2 T kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 cups water

Pork ready to go!

Pork ready to go!

  • Cut your pork shoulder into 3 inch cubes, you can cut off some of the fat if you would like or leave it for more flavor.
  • In a large pot add your vegetables, pork, spices, limes, garlic, and pour in your orange juice and beer.
  • Fill the rest of the pot with water just to cover the pork.
  • Bring to  boil and then reduce to a simmer, cook in a covered pot for 2 hours.
  • When the meat is tender, turn off the heat and let it sit for 10-15 minutes so its can rest inside the liquid.
Pork braising, an hour in.

Pork braising, an hour in.

  • Remove the meat and cut off any large fat chunks, smash the meat into large pieces.
  • Strain the braising liquid, removing all the veggie remnants.
  • Put the strained liquid back on the burner, reduce down to a syrup. Should take 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove your syrup and pour it over the shredded pork. Put the pork on a sheet pan in an even layer and place in your broiler.
Pork just removed and pulled

Pork just removed and pulled

  • The pork will become crispy and brown in the broiler after 5-10 minutes. If you want some char leave it in longer.
Crispy pork, after the broiler. You can leave it in longer if you want more of a char

Crispy pork, after the broiler. You can leave it in longer if you want more of a char

  • It is now ready to serve. Eat it in corn or flour tortillas with raw white onion, chopped tomatoes, sliced avocado, cilantro, hot sauce, and cotija cheese. Delish!

 

Carnitas - Pork tacos

Carnitas – Pork tacos

 

This meal was really easy to prepare and a hit! The texture of the meat is different than pulled pork, its more sticky and chewy, and after broiling, crispy. I love it, and its definitely a meal I will make time and time again.

 

 

Thank you.

 

Sean Patrick Gallagher