Prosciutto Gruyere Tart

This is perhaps one of the easiest and tastiest things I’ve made over and over again this summer. Simultaneously it also happens to be the thing people are most impressed by. It’s probably the “puff pastry” effect. Needless to say I think this is something you’ll “WOW” your guests with while entertaining this summer.

I’ve also been bringing this with me to parks and lakes for most of my dine al fresco experiences and it’s even better at room temperature. Trust me guys this dish is a winner all the way around! Let’s get started.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Béchamel

– 1 cup crème fraîche

-1 large egg

-salt and pepper (to taste) ; I used a roasted garlic salt and fresh cracked pepper

2. Caramelized onions

-2 medium onions sliced thinly

-2 Tbsp olive oil

-1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

-1 tsp brown sugar

-salt & pepper to taste

3. Toppings

-1 cup diced prosciutto

-1 cup shredded gruyere cheese

Cooking instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 400°F

Onions – Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Then add your sliced onions. We’re going to turn the heat down to medium low. Making caramelized onions takes some time so we’re cooking them low and slow. Once the onions have softened and are translucent (this should happen after 10 minutes of cooking) add your brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.

Let the onions cook on med low for about 20 more minutes. Make sure to stir them often so that they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Once they are cooled you should remove them from the pan and place them in a bowl to cool.

Béchamel – In a bowl mix the crème fraîche, egg, salt & pepper well to combine. That’s it for the béchamel.

Assembly – Unfold the puff pastry and lay it flat on a sheet pan. First spread the béchamel from edge to edge of the pastry. It’s delicious so go as heavy handed or light handed as you like. Then add the Gruyere. Top it off with the prosciutto. I like to add fresh cracked black pepper to the top but that’s optional.

Into the 400°F oven for 25 minutes. When you remove the pastry from the oven it will be puffy like a pillow. Let it cool, it will deflate. Once cooled for 10 minutes it’s good to enjoy!

Here’s a nice little video so you can see how it should turn out!

I hope you guys try this dish and if you do tag me on Instagram @CookingWithRoxy.

I love you all and as always sending lots of moxie your way.

-Roxy

Smoked Salmon & Asparagus Quiche

Look at this beauty! I promise it tastes just as good as it looks. I’m on a mission to make the most fanciest sounding dishes easy to make. Summer is around the corner and we will be dining al fresco quite a bit, so here’s a recipe to add to our menu for summer eats.

Here’s what we’ll need:

Crust:

(1) 26 oz bag of shredded hash brown (defrosted and squeezed dry)

1 tsp paprika

3/4 tsp seasoned salt

1/2 tsp garlic roasted salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 cups cheese

Filling:

6 eggs

1/2 cup diced smoked salmon

2 Tbsp thinly sliced green onion

1/2 tsp onion salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp crushed red

3/4 cup heavy cream

Asparagus:

1/2 tsp olive oil

2 cups of asparagus

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Let’s start with the crust. I ended up making too much of the hash brown mixture for the crust so for this recipe I used half of the mixture that was made. Make sure to squeeze all of the water out of your hash browns. Try to get them as dry as possible. Mix all your ingredients together and press it into a greased quiche pan. I used 1tsp of olive oil to grease my dish. I let it sit in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Then preheated the oven to 425°F.

You’ll want to place half of the hash brown mixture into the dish and press it down flat making sure to cover the entire bottom of the dish along with the sides. Sometimes it’s okay to be meticulous in certain areas of cooking, this is one of them. We want to make sure that we don’t have any holes in the crust before pre-baking it. Holes means that our liquid mixture may leak through while baking.

We will place the crust into the oven at 425°F for 15 minutes. It should come out looking something like the picture above. Now that our crust in pre-baked we can move on to the filling.

I was a little worried that the asparagus might boil inside the quiche when baking so I pre-sautéed them in 1/4 tsp of oil along with all the seasonings for about 3-4 minutes on med-high heat. They should take on a little color but still be crisp on the inside. Take them out of the pan and set them to the side while we mix our filling.

I recommend whisking the eggs together first making sure that you can no longer see the difference between the whites and the yolks and then whisking in the heavy cream. Once the liquid is whisked together you can then add the asparagus along with the other ingredients. Give them a good mix together and then pour it into your crust. Lower the oven temperature to 375°F.

Into the oven at 375°F. I baked the quiche for 26 minutes. I did peak at it a few times and jiggle it to make sure the middle of the quiche was set. If you give your quiche a jiggle while it’s baking and the middle wiggles, it’s not ready and you should definitely leave it in the oven to continue baking.

Once your quiche is out of the oven it’s best to let it rest until it reaches room temperature. I let mine rest for about 20 minutes. I topped it with crème fraîche and chives and it was the perfect addition. If you’re wondering how the crust looks…

It’s perfect!

I hope you guys try this recipe and if you do feel free to tell me what you liked about it! You can always tag me on Instagram @CookingWithRoxy. I love you all and as always sending lots of moxie your way!

-Roxy

Champagne & Berries French Toast Bake

We’ve recently reached 1k followers on Instagram and I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! Thank you all for showing me how much I inspire you all to cook, I’m grateful. Alright, enough of the mushy stuff let’s move on to the food. This champagne & berries French toast bake really did a number on Instagram! I had no choice but to update the blog with exact measurements. Make this delicious and sweet dish for a cozy Valentine’s Day morning in or make it for any brunch day that you deem fit LOL!

1. Berry Sauce

1 cup blueberries

1 cup blackberries

2 cups strawberries

1 cup champagne

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

To make the sauce I added all the ingredients to a small sauce pot. I made sure to cut the strawberries in quarters so that they would be roughly the same size as the berries. Set the sauce on medium heat to start bubbling. While I wait on this to happen I preheat the oven to 350°F. I check on the mixture periodically to stir it and make sure it’s not sticking to the bottom of the pot. If you’re more comfortable cooking the mixture on medium low this also works for my readers who get a bit distracted while cooking LOL!

2. Custard

2 cups half n half

2 eggs and 1 yolk

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Whisk the mixture all together until everything is combined. Do your best to make sure you can’t see any egg whites appearing in the mixture.

Beautiful challah bread.

You’ll want your bread slices about 1 inch thick. They’re going to be dunked in custard and I would rather you guys not have soggy French toast. I used one whole loaf of challah for my baking dish. After dunking each slice I place them into the dish on a slant so that you can see each slice. I also poured about a 1/2 cup of the custard into the bottom of the dish.

In case I didn’t describe it good enough here’s a picture of what I meant.

At this point our berry sauce should be done and it should look something like this. I added about 1/4 of a cup between each slice. You can add as much sauce as you’d like. Just remember to make sure that you save some for the top of the dish and a little extra for your portion.

After adding the sauce between each slice.

Now cover your dish in foil and place it into your 350°F oven for 30 minutes. Then uncover it and bake for 20 minutes. To make the presentation a little nicer I broiled it for just a minute for a little more color. That step is completely optional.

Lastly you’ll want to dust your French toast bake with powdered sugar and some of that delicious berry sauce. Then you’re done! Let’s eat!

As you can see I’ve started eating without you LOL! Let me know if you guys try this recipe! You can tag me on Instagram @CookingWithRoxy. I love you all and as always sending lots of moxie your way.

-Roxy

Bourbon Peach Cobbler Croissant Sticky Buns | Peach Season

It’s Peach Season guys! The farmers market and grocery stores are overflowing with peaches right now so I figured there’s no time like now to try my hand at baking.

I’m exciting to show y’all this flaky, butter, sweet and sticky dessert. There’s a shortcut in this recipe because I have yet to learn how to make a proper dough. However, this shortcut turned out to be JUST what this recipe needed.

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