Happy Friday! I actually got a French Fridays with Dorie recipe done on time this week! Plus, I am including two make-up recipes; one that I made this week and one I made a couple of weeks ago. After this week I only have one “catch-up” left for the year and I plan on hitting that one in the next couple weeks. Let’s get started!
Fresh Tuna, Mozzarella, and Basil Pizza
This was an interesting one, but I liked it! It’s a little appetizer pizza with a puff pastry crust topped with fresh mozzarella, sauteed onions, barely-cooked fresh tuna, basil, tomatoes, olives, radishes, and ginger.
I inadvertently made one change: I accidentally left off the sauteed onions, even though they were cooked and ready to go! I also skipped the ginger because it just didn’t seem like it would go with the rest of the flavors.
My husband won’t eat raw fish, so I cooked his for an extra few minutes. He liked the result, while I was happy with the mostly-raw tuna.
I am not sure I will make this again, but we liked the flavors and the idea of making little pizzas on puff pastry. We liked the Tomato-Cheese Tartlets better, so we will probably stick with those in the future.
Duck Breasts with Fresh Peaches
I actually had all the ingredients to make this one on time, but then my oven died so I had to postpone making it until it was back in working order.
This simple preparation of quickly cooked duck breasts in a sweet-savory sauce turns duck into a weeknight dish. I love the meaty flavor of the duck paired with the sweet peach and sauce.
I only had one problem with this dish. My duck breasts were much smaller than the ones Dorie recommends, so I overcooked mine a bit.
I was really looking forward to making this one! Floating Islands are a quintessential French dessert. The “islands” are meringue floating in a sea of Crème Anglaise.
It was fun learning a new technique for baking meringue. I am used to individual meringues baked on a baking sheet. This was baked in springform pan in a water bath. The result is a soft, moist meringue rather than the drier ones I am used to.
The Crème Anglaise was heavenly! And I loved the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the meringue. I topped mine off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and it was delicious!