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Today I had a cooking buddy!!  Chrissy, my lovely accounting bff + fellow slave to the CPA came over for a Thursday afternoon cooking session.

The recipe for today is not mine but my favorite food network chef: Ina Garten!  You can find the full recipe here.

::GOAT CHEESE TART::

I love goat cheese!  I know what you’re thinking…eww goat cheese.  Seriously!  Try it!  It’s creamy, sharp, and completely delicious.  If that’s not incentive enough to dry this dish…the crust is made out of puff pastry!  Crisp and flaky, the puff pastry really makes this tart elegant.  After you try this recipe, you could totally make variations of this tart with roasted asparagus or even a small slice of steak placed on top with cheese melting down over it…yum!

This tart starts out with puff pastry, rolled out and cut into circles, six inches across.  Half and inch from the edge, score a border around the pastry circle so the crust will puff up with you bake it.  Be careful not to cut through all the way.  I sautéed onions with garlic, white wine, and dried herbs.  Next: the assembly.  Sprinkle in the center of the puff pastry some grated Parmesan cheese.  Top with a mound of the onion mixture and then crumble some of the goat cheese on top.  Lay a thick slice of tomato in the center and season with basil cut into thin strips, salt and pepper.   Shave some Parmesan on top and drizzle a tsp of olive oil to finish it off.  Bake in the oven 475º F for 10-12 min or until the puff pastry rises and browns.

mmm…check out all that melted cheese!

::CINNAMON TWISTS::

Don’t throw away all the extra scraps of puff pastry you didn’t use for the tart!  Here’s a recipe to turn that flaky goodness into a dessert to follow up your tart with.

Contents:
Puff Pastry
1 tbs melted butter
3 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Cut the leftover puff pastry into small strips.  Brush butter onto the strips, just enough to cover so the cinnamon sugar will stick.  Sprinkle some of the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the strips.  Twist the strips lengthwise or into small knots.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 min at 375º F.

An amazing Thursday afternoon lunch!  Now time for some more CPA studying…

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