Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

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.

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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!

My Favorite Lunch

August 4, 2010

My Favorite Lunch

Ah… summer. Full of the most delicious tomatoes! I will be so sad when it’s over. What will I eat for lunch every day? No, seriously, I eat this almost every day for lunch. A simple salad made from the freshest local produce.

I cannot tell you how much I love eating this meal. You’d think I’d get tired of the same thing for lunch day after day, but I don’t. I look forward to it. I could eat these heirloom tomatoes every day for the rest of my life and be a very happy girl.

This entire meal including my simple salad, french baguette and seasoned extra virgin olive oil for dipping comes in just under 400 calories. Not bad for a flavorful, very healthy dish!

My Favorite Lunch

Whitney’s Favorite Lunch
Feeds one.

For the salad you’ll need:

2 cups mixed greens (spinach, arugula, etc.)
1 oz fresh Goat Feta
1 ripe heirloom tomato (or other juicy summer tomato)
2-3 basil leaves
Kosher salt & pepper

For the bread and dipping oil you’ll need:

2 oz French baguette
1 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt & pepper
Italian Seasoning grinder (optional)

Directions:

Turn on your oven’s broiler (or use a toaster oven) and place your chunk of baguette in the center of the oven to refresh while you prepare the salad. This will warm the bread and make the outside crusty again if it has gotten stale.

**If your baguette is fresh, skip this step. I cut my baguettes into 2 oz. serving sizes and wrap individually for the week. I pull one serving out as I need it. Refreshing in the oven works nicely.**

My seasoned dipping oil.

For the oil, grab a small plate. Sprinkle a good pinch of kosher salt and pepper onto the plate. You can also grind some Italian seasonings into your mix, or you could chop some fresh herbs like basil or rosemary to add in. Measure out 1 tablespoon of heart healthy extra virgin olive oil and pour onto plate. Use your measuring spoon to mix up the oil and seasonings.

Beautiful Orangey Tomato Goodness

For the salad, chop your tomato and toss in a small bowl with salt and pepper. This will allow the juices of the tomato to release and build more flavor. Let it hang out in the bowl a few minutes.

Next, rip up your mixed greens and plate. If warming your bread, reach in the oven and flip it over. Now, rip up your basil leaves and toss in with your greens. Crumble fresh Goat Feta over your salad. Top with the tomatoes and juices. This will replace your need for dressing.

Now, turn off your oven and remove your baguette. Add it to your plate and enjoy!

My Favorite Lunch

How do I eat my salad? I like to dip a small chunk of crusty bread into the oil and use it to scrap up some salad onto my fork. This transfers some of the seasoned oil into each bite. The crusty bread is nice to add into the bites of salad. It’s sort of a deconstructed tomato bruschetta. Just mix it all up and enjoy it. So tasty. So healthy. Really satisfying.

This is a nice basic salad that you could add all sorts of things to. I’ve added sauteed asparagus here, which was very tasty. A great simple salad without any fuss.

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.