Friday, September 27, 2019

ChezCindy: Apple Pie Galette with Sugar Glaze

A galette is a French pastry similar to a pie.  It is pastry dough wrapped over a filling made from fruit, sugar, spices, and butter.  This free-form, pie-like pastry doesn't require a special pan - just a nice flat surface for baking.  If pie making is new to you, try making a galette.  You will have great success.

This recipe for apple pie galette comes together much quicker than a standard pie, and it bakes in about half the time.  But there is no shortcut on flavor!  This is a real treat, with or without the ice cream.  I used apples from the farmers market, since it is apple season.  But any fruit works with this recipe.  Even with the apples, you could add a handful of dried fruit, such as cranberries or golden raisins.  Pears would be delicious in this exact same recipe.  Use what you have and what you like for this free-form pie.

Apple Pie Galette with Sugar Glaze
1 1/4 pounds tart apples, granny smith or other, roughly 3 large apples
1/3 cup white granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 single 9-inch pie crust, homemade or store bought
1 tablespoon cold butter, diced into small pieces

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper.  Set aside.

Peel the apples, dicing into small 1/4-inch cubes.  Place the diced apples into a medium mixing bowl.  Add in the sugars, spices, pinch of salt, and lemon juice, mixing to combine.  Add in the flour, mix to coat the apples.

Roll out the pie crust into a 11-inch round.  Place the crust onto the parchment lined baking tray.  Scoop out the diced apple mixture 1 cup at a time, mounding into the center of the pie crust.  You will need roughly 2 1/2 - 3 cups of dices apples.  Any leftover apples can be used for snacking.  Spread the apples, leaving a 2-inch border.  Scatter the diced cold butter over the apples.  Fold the edges of the dough up and over the apples in a free-form style, pleating as necessary.

Place the galette into the preheated oven on the lower rack, baking for 30-35 minutes until the crust is golden brown, the apples are soft, and juices are bubbling.  Remove from the oven, allow to cool.

Make a sugar glaze while the galette is cooling:  Add 1 cup of powdered sugar into a small bowl.  Add a teaspoon of cream or milk to the sugar, stirring to combine.  Add a 1/2 teaspoon cream/milk as necessary, stirring until the sugar is a thick pourable liquid.  Using a spoon, drizzle the sugar glaze over the cooled apple galette.  Cut into small wedges and serve.

Monday, September 2, 2019

ChezCindy: Turkey Taco Sliders on Sweet Potato "Buns"

These turkey taco sliders are great for many occasions; lunch, dinner, snacks when watching football, or movie night at home.  I used ground turkey, but ground beef is an easy substitute.  Instead of using slider buns, I served the sliders on roasted sweet potato rounds in place of the buns.  If you are not interested in doing this as a paleo dish, use slider buns instead and serve the roasted sweet potatoes as a side dish. 

I have included a recipe for homemade taco seasoning.  Easy to make and most likely you already have the spices in your cupboard.  I then used the taco seasoning in the slider recipe and for a taco ranch dressing.  Top the sliders with your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!     

Turkey Taco "Sliders"
1 pound ground turkey
2 teaspoons taco seasoning, recipe below
1 teaspoon kosher salt
olive oil for the pan

2 large sweet potatoes
olive oil for roasting
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Scrub the sweet potatoes.  Leaving the skins on, cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch rounds.  Lightly oil each potato round, placing each onto a sheet tray.  Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, flip each round to side two, continue roasting for 10 minutes.  Remove tray from the oven, setting aside for use with the turkey sliders. 

While the potatoes are roasting, combine the ground turkey with the taco seasoning and salt.  Form the turkey mix into 2-ounce patties.  

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into the pan, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan.  Place the turkey patties into the hot skillet, cooking on side one for 4-5 minutes.  Flip the patties over to continue cooking on side two until each side is golden brown and the patty is cooked through to internal temperature of 165 degrees.  Remove from the pan, set aside to build the sliders.

Place the sweet potato rounds onto a serving plate.  Top each round with a turkey slider patty.  Top each slider with your favorite taco toppings such as diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, avocado and taco ranch dressing.  

Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl; stir to combine.  

Taco Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise, homemade  or store bought 
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
pinch of smoked paprika
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; stir to combine.