It feels good to be home. Went back to the gym yesterday. Made my own breakfast with lots of spinach this morning. Sleeping in my own bed. *Happy Sighs* Yesterday I had my “birthday dinner” with the family. My mom and I made 3 different crostadas, a big green salad, and steaks. I found the recipe from Always with Butter for a Tomato Pesto Crostada, and we did a fennel and mushroom variation as well as a Brie, caramelized onion and pear. I also added feta cheese and used provolone instead of Dubliner. (I don’t even know what Dubliner cheese is.) You can check out the Always with Butter website for the recipe. I will write out the variations below.
Brie and Caramelized Onion
1/2 round of Brie, peeled of the moldy
2 small onions, caramelized
1 Pear, sliced
Sliced up the brie and place it with the onions in the middle of the dough. Bake. When it’s done, sprinkle sugar and pecans on top and caramelize them under the broiler, or if you have a fancy lil blow torch. (I wasn’t running up to the workshop to grab the one my dad uses to sodder pipes… I probably would have burned the kitchen up as well.) Serve with sliced pears.
*I toasted the pecans first. Bad idea. I had little burned pecans on top. Black.
Fennel and Mushroom
1 bulb of Fennel
6 oz Portabella Mushrooms (I love Meijer sales!) Sliced
Sautee the fennel until it is firm but cooked in olive oil with S+P. Throw your mushrooms in a little bit after because they will cook faster. Top it off with some thyme. I didn’t have fresh or would have used it. When you assemble the crostada add provolone cheese.
These are easy and fast to make. The dough seems pretty fool-proof. I have this ineptness for reading recipes before I make them, and failed to notice the little sentence “Refrigerate for one hour before using dough.” but after about 15 or 20 minutes in the freezer dinner was still served before 8:30. Recommendation: Make the dough a day ahead of time, or in the morning. In other words, do as I say, not as I do.
I am going to be trying out some more variations with the dough I had leftover. (I made 3 recipes, one for each, but the recipe makes a lot of dough.). The crust is great, with a little cornmeal in it. Be expecting more cooking posts, I’m loving being back in my kitchen!