Posts Tagged ‘dinner’

Poached Egg & Prosciutto Tartine

September 15, 2010

Poached Egg and Prosciutto Tartine

I recently discovered the tartine while reading Dorie Greenspan’s new book, Around My French Table. After reading that it’s a nicely toasted slice of country bread topped with essentially whatever you’d like, I’ve become completely hooked on trying new variations!

My first tartine was this one I posted a few days ago. That same evening I made another tartine for dinner. This time featuring peppery arugula, salty prosciutto and a creamy poached egg. I’d eaten poached eggs, but never have I attempted to make one at home. I’ll admit. I was pretty intimidated.While I don’t know if this is a perfect poached egg, I do know that it was fantastic and creamy and worked beautifully when paired with the prosciutto and arugula.

Poached Egg and Prosciutto Tartine

If you want to make this at home, simply toast one side of a 1/4 inch slice of country bread. Top with 1/2 an ounce of prosciutto, a handful of arugula. I tossed mine in a little extra virgin olive oil and a dash of black truffle oil in a bowl prior to plating. I would prep all of this before you start poaching your egg. It will be a lovely little bed of goodness waiting for your perfectly (or near perfectly) poached egg!

Poached Egg and Prosciutto Tartine

Want to poach an egg? Try these resources.

How to Poach an Egg from Serious Eats.
Poach an Egg from CHOW.
Easy Poached Eggs from Simply Recipes.

Be brave!!. Worst case, it will not cook properly and you can simple fry up an egg instead. It would still be a lovely combination.

Fresh Summer Tartine

September 11, 2010

Fresh Summer Tartine

Simple. Fresh. Delicious. Try this with your local farmers market produce! A variety of toppings would be wonderful! Play with your combinations. Can you imagine lovely, fall butternut squash in place of the tomatoes?!

Fresh Summer Tartine

Fresh Summer Tartine
Makes two tartines.

Handful of peppery, local arugula, hard stems trimmed
1 smallish fruity, local heirloom tomato, diced and put in a bowl
1 ounce of goat chevre (store bought)
2 1/3″ slices of fresh, local bread
(I used Country Levain from Bread & Cie)
1-2 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt & pepper

Drizzle your bread slices with a little olive oil and toast under broiler (or toaster oven) only on one side. While bread is toasting, season your tomatoes with a little salt and pepper. Toss and allow flavors to develop. Toss your arugula with a tiny bit of the extra virgin olive oil, just to barely coat.

Remove bread from oven. Divide goat chevre between the two slices and spread. Top with tomatoes and a little of the juices from bottom of the bowl. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the tomatoes. Top with arugula and enjoy with an icy, cold glass of sweet tea. Served in a mason jar, of course!

Fresh Summer Tartine

This was such a simple and deliciously satisfying light lunch. I just adore simple, fresh flavors without a lot of fuss. Allow your local produce to really shine! Always so much more flavorful than store bought produce from who knows where. If you haven’t tried out your local market yet, I encourage you to do so. You won’t regret it!

Fresh Farmers Market Dinner

July 30, 2010

Fresh Farmers Market Dinner

As promised, here is my recent dinner of roasted tomatoes, cipollini onions and potatoes served with the simple squash blossom salad I shared yesterday.

Do you see those juices? Who needs a dressing with all the flavor of the roasting juices oozing around the plate?

Fresh Farmers Market Dinner

This was an easy meal to whip up. Simply toss tomatoes, onions and potatoes in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Potatoes will take about 5-10 minutes longer so put those in a separate pan.

Once you pull them out, allow to cool a few minutes before plating. Pile your roasted vegetables on your plate alongside a simple salad like this one. Be sure to pour all the roasting juices over your vegetables. It will add a nice sauce to the plate.

Fresh Farmers Market Dinner

When you eat this, be sure to mix everything up with each bite. The flavors all go together so nicely, and this meal will certainly give you your fill of vegetable servings for the day!

It’s quite satisfying without being heavy, and it’s oh so tasty!

Roasted Veg with Spinach and Squash Blossom Salad

On a side note, I’m pleased to share this whole plate of food was straight from my local farmers market with the exception of the tomatoes and olive oil. However, those were both from a local California source. It feels good to support my community!

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You might also like this post:
Polenta with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Cipollini Onions

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Balsamic Fried Egg

January 6, 2010

One of my absolute favorite ways to prepare eggs is to fry it up in balsamic vinegar. It’s not only a super fast way get breakfast (even lunch or dinner!) on a plate, but it’s incredibly flavorful and satisfying. I enjoy it alone as a snack, but you can also add some wonderful additions like the Balsamic Wilted Spinach I’ve included here. Any veggies would be wonderful. You could even add this to a simple salad for some amazing flavor and healthy protein.

I’ve included the steps in photo form. I could not resist the lovely simplicity of these ingredients. Enjoy!

Egg

Start with one large egg. I used organic, cage-free eggs.

Balsamic Fried Egg

Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Place egg pan.

Balsamic Fried Egg

Only takes a few minutes. Grab your balsamic vinegar.

Balsamic Fried Egg

Add a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. I love it, so the more the better! Also, add a little salt and pepper. I like to flip mine over to let the yolk cook a bit, but if you like it runny, remove it from the pan and place on a clean plate.

Wilting Spinach

Add a tad more olive oil to your pan if it needs it. Place your baby spinach in the pan. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Remember to salt and pepper! Toss in pan. Cook until wilted. Remove from heat and plate with your egg.

Balsamic Fried Egg

Now eat and enjoy.