Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Food to Annoy Stan

On Sunday Claire, soon to be housemates with Stan, was extolling the virtues of some sort of Pork, Pear and Parsnip dish( I wasn't paying quite as much attention as I should have). Stan however wasn't keen on the mixing of sweet and savoury flavours. Obviously there's two ways Claire could go with this; either alliteratively or continuing to pick flavour combinations Stan doesn't like. Equally obvious is the path I'd choose; hence I'm volunteering to make Puff Pastry Onion Tart as a starter.

Slice up quite a few onions; enough to cover a baking tray after they've been cooked. Then cook them in olive oil as slowly as you can for quite a while. Eventually they'll be soft, sweet and translucent, or you'll get bored. Spread them out on a baking tray.

Roll out some puff pastry so it will cover the onion covered baking tray, then actually cover the tray with it. Follow whatever instructions your pastry packet or recipe suggests re: cooking temperature and times and egg wash or whatever. When it's done, take it out of the oven, let it cool a little, then put a wire rack on top of the tart and turn the whole lot over, which hopefully will leave you with a huge puff pastry onion tart on top of the wire rack. Then decorate liberally with anchovies and olives. When you finally get around to taking a mouthful of crunchy puff pastry, sweet, sweet onions, and salty anchovies and olives, you'll either be like Stan and go "Urgh", or you'll be like me and say "That's bitchingly good". Mmm... sweet and salt...

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