So as I mentioned we recently returned from Disney World. I was on a culinary quest to broaden my taste buds and rekindle my passion for food. I had not lost it, but being a stay at home mom on a budget can sometimes cause the fire to dwindle a bit. Then I walked into Epcot’s World Showcase section of the park and my heart soared feeling immersed in the cultures and smells coming from kitchens preparing for the dinner rush to come. I waltzed into a small shop in “France” and found an adorable cookbook for just $9 and it had some wonderful staples I wanted to try. I love trying new recipes, if for nothing else but to try a new cooking technique that broadens my creativity in the kitchen.
Last night, a dear friend was in town and we had an impromptu French-themed night. We watched Ratatouille and made cheese clafoutis. This was chosen for the short list of ingredients and relatively easy on the budget. We were able to cut the recipe in half since it was just the two of us eating it. My husband was really enjoying some time to himself, and the kids had already been put down for the night. Of course the smell from the kitchen woke my son up (or maybe the fact that I grabbed the movie from his room) and we shared a few moments with him. He ooed and awed at the sight of Paris first on the screen, as my friend and I did the same over this delicious dish! It really felt like a special moment of living in good taste for little cost.
Cheese Clafoutis from “The French Kitchen Cookbook: Everday cuisine from the French country kitchen”
Serves 4-6 Prep Time:15 minutes Cook time: 50-55 minutes (35-40 if halved)
-Olive oil for greasing -3 cups Cherry Tomatoes -3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled -2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves -1/2 cup all-purpose flour – 4 extra-large eggs -1 1/4 cup whole milk -pinch of salt -pinch of sugar
One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Arrange the Tomatoes in a single layer in the dish, then scatter the Cheese and Thyme over them and set aside.
Two: Sift the Flour, Sugar, and Salt into a large bowl and make a well in the center. Break Eggs into the well and use a whisk or fork to blend them together. Add half of the Milk and stir, gradually incorporating the Flour from the side of the bowl until blended. Stir in the remaining Milk until a smooth batter forms.
Three: Gently pour the batter over the Tomatoes, shaking the dish slightly to distribute the Cheese and Thyme. Place in preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the batter is puffed, golden, and set and the Tomatoes are tender.
Four: Remove Clafoutis from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
This was absolutely delicious!
A few tips to tweak it for healthier eating:
-Use 2% milk instead of whole
-Use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose
-Limit your serving size.
Food Snob rating: 9/10