Posts Tagged ‘simple’

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.

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.

Grilled Romaine with Crema di Balsamico

August 2, 2010

Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Syrup

I couldn’t resist buying a miniature sized head of romaine lettuce at the farmers market this past weekend. For a while now, I have wanted to try it grilled, so I scooped one up with the intention of trying it that very night. WOW! Why have I never grilled lettuce before?

I simply halved the head with the core still intact. Brush with olive oil. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side. Done!

Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Syrup

Here I’ve plated it with some Crema di Balsamico that my Aunt Suzi gave to me. She picked it up on a trip to Germany, and I finally tried it. Basically, it’s a balsamic syrup. It added such a lovely flavor to the dish. Yum! Can’t wait to try it with other dishes. Any ideas?

Grilled Romaine and Oven Roasted Tomatoes

To accompany the grilled romaine, I roasted a sliced tomato for 10 minutes under the broiler and shaved a little parmigiano reggiano (not pictured) over the plate before serving. I was too hungry to take the time to add fresh herbs, but honestly, it didn’t feel like it was lacking anything. This is a great meal If you are looking for a ridiculously quick, light dinner. Everything was ready in about 15 minutes. You can’t beat that!

Sweet Corn & Goat Cheese Omelet with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

July 31, 2010

Sweet Corn & Goat Cheese Omelet with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Recently, The Kitchn posted this egg scramble, and I was inspired! Instead of making my breakfast as a scramble, I made an omelet. This was so yummy! What a great idea to add corn to your eggs. The oven roasted tomatoes added such nice contrast to the corn and goat cheese, too.

Sweet Corn & Goat Cheese Omelet with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Sweet Corn & Goat Cheese Omelet with Oven Roasted Tomatoes
Serves one.

1 egg
1/4 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
1 oz soft goat cheese
2 tomato slices
Drizzle of olive oil
Pinch fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt
Pepper

1. Turn on your oven’s broiler. Place tomato slices on a pan and salt & pepper them. Place in oven to begin roasting. This will take 10 minutes.

2. Crack egg into a small bowl and mix with a fork. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a small pan over medium high heat. Add your corn and allow to cook for a few minutes. Once your kernels start to brown slightly, add your egg and reduce heat to medium. Make sure it’s not too hot! As the egg cooks, lift the edges with a spatula tilt you pan so the runny egg fills in underneath. Repeat all around your pan.

4. Once your egg is almost done cooking, shake your pan a bit to loosen the omelet before flipping it over. You don’t have to flip it, but I like to because I immediately add the goat cheese to the hot side and fold over. This allows it to melt nicely. Plate it immediately. Top with tomato slices and fresh thyme.

Sweet Corn & Goat Cheese Omelet with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

This is quite an elegant little breakfast dish. Great for guests. I bet this would be a lovely quiche as well. You could roast the tomatoes and layer them on the top of the quiche. Might have to try that.