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

Simply Entertaining: Sailing NYC

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About a month ago I was asked to go sailing with my best friend, an extremely talented Pastry Chef friend, Kim. Kim asked me to join her on the sailboat of a French chocolatier she does business with. It was a bit last minute, but I knew I wanted to throw something together to entertain. Last minute entertaining doesn’t mean that you can’t pull off something impressive. I keep most items on hand, such as dried fruits and nuts. I pick up fresh fruits, fresh bread, and hand select cheeses from local cheese shops. My favorite spots in NYC are Murray’s Cheeses, the cheese counter at Fairway, and the selection at Beecher’s Cheeses.

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A cheese board is the simplest way to entertain. It’s nearly effortless, and just requires some simple planning. If you are unfamiliar with cheeses, always ask your local cheese monger for some tips or recommendations. They are always happy to share their knowledge and have the best insight into what is at its peak.

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Cheese Board

4-6 Cheeses, preferably

I prefer to have a combination of soft, hard, and semi-hard cheeses. Always a goat cheese, cheddar, a ,washed rind type cheese, such as a Camembert, and a blue.

Perhaps my favorite cheese ever is Winnimere from the Cellars at Jasper Hill in northern Vermont. Winnimere has a pudding-like filling encased in a layer of spruce bark, and can be purchased at Murray’s Cheeses.

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1-2 types fresh fruit

Fresh fruit makes a cheese board. Crisp, tart apples and juicy, sweet grapes make a perfect compliment to cut through rich cheeses.

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1-2 types dried fruit

Dried fruit adds a wonderful texture and sweetness to a cheese board.  I like to go to the bulk section of the grocery and pick out 2-4 ounces of dried figs, dried pears, and dried apricots.

1-2 types of nuts

I always keep nuts on hand. I store pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts in the freezer. They last longer and I pull only what I need. Be sure to toast any nuts before putting them on a cheese board. That toasted, nutty flavor will pair well with any cheese.

2-4 types of breads/crackers

A fresh, crunchy french baguette is a must. I also like seeded breads and whole grain. Having several types of crackers gives options for different cheeses as well. I like long, thin flat-bread crackers and John Wm. Macy’s Cheese Sticks.

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1-2 types of jams, jellies, honey

A jam or jelly of sorts is a great addition to a cheese board. Floral honey and honeycomb also compliment the board well. I love local jams and today, I used a Blackberry jam from a little Jelly Stand in Provincetown, Mass.

Cocktail time!

If the party warrants it, it is always a lovely to serve a special beverage. A specialty cocktail is not only impressive, but a very fun way to start the festivities. I love to start a party with a sparkling beverage or aperitif, to whet the palette and open your appetite.  One of the simplest, and most delicious combination is champagne or sparkling wine topped with elderflower liquor. St. Germain is an elderflower liquor, it pairs beautifully with sparkling wine or mixed into cocktails. Any sort of sparkling wine will work for this cocktail; Cava, Prosecco, or Champagne. You don’t have to buy anything pricey but stay away from the really cheap stuff, it’s filled with sugars and additives and will give you a headache. Just a few raspberries to pop in for a hint of color and something to nosh on at the bottom of the glass.

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The Humming Bird

6 oz of Champagne

2 oz of St. Germain

2 Raspberries

  • Place 2 raspberries in a glass, pour champagne, top with St. Germain

Cocktail Glassware:

Typically a sparkling beverage is served in a flute or tulip glass. I don’t believe this always has to be the case, it certainly depends on the crowd. Having champagne flutes on a sailboat isn’t ideal. I have these little blue tumblers I got in Provincetown at an Army-Navy store, 2 for $1. I love the look of them, and they are so inexpensive that I not afraid to bring them along with me for entertaining.

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Entertaining Extras:

Cocktail napkins

I always have basic white cocktail napkins on hand, but I also recently started to keeping fun patterned and typography napkins as well. Bring something fun that matches the mood of the event.

Plates

I love lightweight disposable bamboo plates in fun shapes. I found these rectangles plates at JB Prince, which is my Chef secret. They have EVERYTHING you ever need to entertain properly or cook like a 5 Star Chef.

Cheese forks, knives

Keep a variety of cheese knives on hand. Harder cheeses require a sharper knife or pick, and softer cheeses need a spreader. Crate and Barrel and Sur la Table have awesome options for cheese knives.

Cheese boards/Dishes

Slate, wood, and porcelain make excellent cheese boards. Thick cut wood from J.K Adams or a beautiful platter from Revol make perfect cheese board options.

Paring Knife, Bread Knife, Wine Key, Offset Spatula

Remember to bring items to make it happen. A paring knife, bread knife, wine key, and small offset spatula will be needed to make it all happen. Make sure you have a small cutting board to work with as well. Ziplock bags and paper towels to clean up and wrap left over cheese in.

Sail Away

With a small amount of planning, and a bit of time, you can pull off an impressive spread. This combo can be used for small gatherings or for a housewarming party. Remember to always add your own flair when entertaining, make it memorable and plan ahead so you can enjoy the party yourself.

Happy Entertaining!

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Cheers
Chef 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

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

Farm Style Apple Pie with Streusel Topping

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Apple pie goodness

Apple pie goodness

Farm Style Apple Pie with Streusel topping 

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Apple Pie Filling

  • 8-12 farm fresh apples, peeled and sliced. I used a mix of sweet and tart apples. Gala, Macoun, Granny Smith, Empire, and Jonagold Gold apples.
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Peel and core apples, slice the apples and place in a bowl with the lemon juice
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the apples, toss to combine.
  • Allow to sit for 30 minutes for flavors combine.

Streusel Topping

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pulse walnuts, sugars, flour, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor.
  • Add butter, and pulse until a crumbly shaggy mess with crumbles.
  • Keep chilled until place on top of the pie.

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Flaky Pie Crust

  •  1 1/2 sticks very cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 3-6 tablespoons ice cold water
  • Dice the butter and keep cold.
  • Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl
  • Add ice cold butter and pulse until the mixture is the size of peas.
  • Pour the ice water in one tablespoon at a time, pulsing, until the dough begins to form a ball.
  • Wrap the dough ball in  plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Once chilled roll a a floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut to fit your pie  dish, and place on the pie dish.
  • Use your fingers to crimp the edges to finish the crust.

Dump the apples into the pie crust, dot with pats of butter, lightly pack the crumb topping on top.

Bake at 350 for an hour, if the topping starts to get too dark, cover with foil and continue to bake.

Cook pie until the apples are soft but still have texture, and the crumb topping is golden brown and delicious.

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Benefiber Raw Oatmeal “Risotto” with Chef Richard Blais

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This past week I worked on the Benefiber campaign as a food stylist and wanted to share this awesome recipe from Chef Richard Blais!

No cook oatmeal is definitely a current trend. Soaking the oats overnight gives a great texture and velvety “risotto” consistency.

Below is the info provided by Facebook.com/benefiber

“This Raw Oatmeal “Risotto” recipe from Benefiber® spokesperson and winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars, Richard Blais, will be sure to please even the pickiest of eaters! But don’t take our word for it, try this fiber filled dish for yourself.”

Raw Oatmeal “Risotto”
3 cups raw steel cut oats, divided in half
1/2 cup finely ground raw almonds
4 cups coconut milk or almond milk
3 cups water
¼ cup agave nectar, amber
¼ cup chopped Medjool dates
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp Benefiber® per serving
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp sea salt
Method
1. Grind or blend half the oats.
2. Combine with remaining oats and all ingredients and let sit overnight.
3. Mix the following morning and top with garnishes of your choosing.
4. Mix in a little water or milk if texture is too thick.
To garnish, use any combination of the following:
Chopped walnuts
Sliced banana
Pomegranate seeds
Raisins
Goji berries
Cacao nibs
Hemp seeds

Delicious and healthy recipe 🙂

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Chef Richard Blais on the Benefiber satellite media tour

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Get your daily dose of fiber!!!

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

Carnitas

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