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Puff Pastry Pear Tarts

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Puff Pastry Pear Tarts

This dessert is as easy as one, two, three! You know what my secret to a great dessert is? The answer is Puff Pastry.  Puff pastry is the best thing since sliced bread I mean it. I always keep a box in my freezer. Sweet or savory, you can make so many dishes using puff pastry.

For my Puff Pastry Pear Tarts, you can use apples with maybe some caramel sauce, really just anything that’s in season or that looks good to you.

Steve loves pears so that’s what I’m using here.

Start by taking a box of frozen puff pastry and thaw it overnight in the frig. You want to keep the dough cold.

Puff Pastry (2)

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time for 2 tarts: 20 to 25 minutes
Cook Time for 4 tarts: 40 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields: 4 tarts, 8 servings
Equipment: 4 rimmed baking sheet pans, parchment paper, chef’s knife, large mixing bowl, 1-quart saucepan

Ingredients:
1 box of Puff Pastry, 2 sheets, thawed and refrigerated
all-purpose flour
4 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick
1 lemon
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon of chili powder (optional)
1/4 cup of fig jam
2 tablespoons of water
4 tablespoons of Turbinado sugar

Directions:
The night before transfer the puff pastry to the refrigerator and allow to defrost or on the counter for about 1 1/2 hours.

Prepare The Puff Pastry:
Start by lining 4 rimmed baking sheets pans with parchment paper. Lay one sheet of the pastry out onto a lightly floured board. The tri-folded pastry sheet, when unfolded, has three equal parts. Cut directly down the center between the creases forming two equal 5″ x 7.5″ rectangles. Refer to the pictures above. Transfer the pastry sheet to the lined baking sheet. Create a border using a paring knife to trace a small rectangle on the puff pastry, (refer to the picture above) leaving a 1-inch border. Be careful not to cut all the way through the dough. The 1-inch border will puff up and be the edge of the tart. Use a fork to dock, or poke small holes in the center of the rectangle. Transfer the puff pastry to the refrigerator. Repeat this process making 4 puff pastry tart shells.

Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.

Prepare The Pears:
Peel, halve and core the pears. Set the pear, flat side down, on a cutting board and use a chef’s knife to cut the 1/8-inch thick slices. Fill a large mixing bowl halfway with water. Slice a lemon in half, squeezing all the juice into the water. Toss the remains of the lemon into the water too. Transfer the sliced pears into the bowl of *acidulated water.

Shingle the pears laying them as close together as possible, make sure they stay inside the border.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 1 stick of butter, chili powder (optional), along with 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar, stir to combine.

Take a pastry brush and brush the sugar-butter mixture over all the pears.

Place two of the baking sheet pans with the puff pastry pear tarts in the center rack of the oven, keeping the other two trays of prepared tarts, in the frig ready to follow when the first two come out of the oven. This will ensure they will bake evenly. Now, if you’re lucky enough to have duel ovens you can bake all 4 tarts at the same time. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is a deep golden brown and the pears are tender. Once the first two tarts come out of the oven, replace with the two from the frig.

While the tarts are baking, in a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt 1/2 a cup of fig jam with 2 tablespoons of water, stir to combine.

When the tarts come out of the oven brush the fig jam over all the pears and over the edges of the tarts. Finally, sprinkle with Turbinado sugar all over the top.

That’s all there is to it. I’d say that’s pretty easy. Serve my Puff Pastry Pear Tarts with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

*Acidulated water is water where some sort of acid is added, often lemon juice.

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Beef Wellington

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Looks elegant right? It’s a really posh meal and made for special occasions but my version is simple to make and super delicious.

One of the ingredients for this dish is traditionally a pate’, often a pate’ de foie gras. Well, I don’t know about anyone else but my grocery store doesn’t have this, and if they did I have a feeling it’s not very affordable. They do however have a pork pate’ and I’m just not sure how that would work with this dish. So as usual, I’m changing things up.

Let’s start with what’s known as Duxelles. They always have fancy words for what really just a mixture of minced mushrooms, shallots, garlic, herbs, butter, white wine, and a touch of cream. This is what I’m using to take the place of the pate’. This is my Beef Wellington. To go alongside, my Mocha Chili Spiced Roasted Asparagus.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: food processor, rimmed baking sheet pan, 12-inch sautépan, 12-inch cast-iron skillet, small mixing bowl

Ingredients For Duxelle:
3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 large shallot, roughly chopped
1 pint of Cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of Pinot Grigio
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup of Italian-style breadcrumbs

Ingredients:
1 box of Puff Pastry sheets, Pepperidge Farm
2 8-ounce Filet Mignons
2 teaspoons of Canola oil
1 tablespoon Kosher salt, divided between steaks
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided between steaks
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
4 sliced of Proscuitto, thinly sliced

Egg Wash:
2 large eggs and 2 tablespoons of water whisked together.

Directions:
Start out by adding the garlic to a food processor, pulse until garlic is minced in size. Next, add the shallot pulsing until shallots are minced in size. To the garlic and shallot add the cremini mushrooms until all the ingredients are finely minced. To that add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to bind all the ingredients together. Refer to the pictures.

In a large sautépan on medium heat add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the Duxelles (mushroom mixture) to the hot sautépan. Next, add the Pinot Grigio, stirring occasionally. Allow the Duxelles to cook giving the wine time to completely reduce, around 5 minutes. At this point, add the freshly chopped thyme leaves.

At this point, add the heavy cream, stir until combined. Continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes. You may notice there is still too much liquid in the pan to have the consistency of a pate’. That’s where the breadcrumbs come in the play. Add 1/2 a cup of Italian-style breadcrumbs to the pan, stir until completely combined, This will take care of any extra liquid and give you the right consistency. Refer to the pictures.

Now for the steaks. Traditionally Beef Wellington is made with a whole tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry. This is a little different in that I’m making individual Beef Wellingtons.

Start with a hot cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Add the Canola oil heat until the oil shimmers. First, pat the meat dry on both sides. Season both sides of the steaks with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place the steaks into the skillet, do not touch for the first 1 to 2 minutes. The steaks will actually stick to the bottom of the pan at first and then release naturally when seared. After a few minutes (using a hand mitt) shake the skillet if the meat releases from the pan then it’s ready to be flipped to the other side, repeat the process. Transfer the steaks to a plate, turn off the heat.

Preheat oven to 425-degrees F.

In a small mixing bowl add Dijon and whole grain mustard, whisk to combine. together Spread this mustard mixture over the top of each filet.

Note: You want to remember when using puff pastry, to keep it in the frig until you’re ready to use it. You want it to be cold. Allow the pastry to thaw overnight in the frig.

Lay one sheet out on your board and place the steak in the center. Spoon half of the Duxelles over top of the mustard. Wrap 2 slices of Proscuitto around the steak and mushroom mixture. Repeat this process for the second filet. Refer to the pictures.

Take one side and pull the other side over to it pinching the two sides together. Then fold over the two sides in and place this side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Do the same with the second filet. Using a paring knife make 3 slits in the top, to release steam, then in a criss-cross pattern, score the top. Finally, brush the tops with egg wash. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and steaks register 125-degrees F. on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Serve the most delicious Beef Wellington you’ve ever tasted with a side of my Mocha Chili Spiced Roasted Asparagus.

Mocha Chili Spiced Roasted Asparagus- P.S. Flavor- Artisanal Spice Blends

 

 

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Not The Traditional Surf And Turf

Not The Traditional Surf And Turf

It happens when you just can’t come to a compromise. I wanted Beef Wellington, and he wanted the Red Ear Sunfish, he just caught. Our “date night” brings the two together. To get my Beef Wellington recipe, click on the link below.

 

Beef Wellington

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