Cheesy Crème Brûlée
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was a tasty appetizer called Cheesy Crème Brûlée. It really is just like the dessert Crème Brûlée, except instead of being flavored with sugar and vanilla, it is flavored with cheese!
These are very simple to make. First, grated cheddar cheese is placed in the bottom of buttered ramekins. Then a simple custard made from cream, whole milk, and egg yolks is poured over the top. A slow bake makes them nice and custardy. When ready to eat, I sprinkled finely grated Parmesan cheese over the top of each custard and ran them under the broiler.
I really liked these! They kind of tasted like home made macaroni and cheese without the noodles. Rich and creamy, it went well with a salad. I’m sure it would be good with crusty bread, too.
Chicken Breasts Diable
Last’s week’s FFWD recipe was an elegant weeknight dish called Chicken Breasts Diable. “Diable” is French for “devil”, and most dishes containing mustard are given this title.
This dish is essentially a sauteed chicken breast enhanced with a lovely pan sauce made from shallots, Dijon mustard, a bit of white wine, and cream.
This one was a big hit with us! I loved the flavor of the sauce with the chicken, and it went very well with the broccoli I served as a side dish.