I just watched the film Julie & Julia, and was completely taken with Julie Powell, a passionate home cook and blogger. Sound like anyone we know?
Previously, I was not familiar with Julia Child’s story. She too, took a passion and her need to find fulfillment and turned it a career. Both women had the tenacity to stick with their dream until they were able to make it come true.
This week’s Unrecipe pays homage to the Julie/Julia’s of the world, and was inspired by a recipe in Baking With Julia, by Julia Child and Dorie Greenspan. It is the perfect hors d’oeuvre for New Year’s Eve. Simple, and satisfying; a classic snack made elegant through the use of puffed pastry and goat cheese. I made these Sunday night and they were scarfed right up!
Puffed Pastry Pizzettes, with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese
Slightly thaw a sheet of frozen puffed pastry and roll it out on a lightly floured surface, so that it is a little thinner.
Cut into 2” rounds.( I used a shot glass for this!)
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place a thick slice of cherry tomato on each round.
Top with crumbled goat cheese, and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.
Press the topping down slightly, so it does not come off in baking.
Place in a 350-degree oven for about 12-15 minutes until puffed, and lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and gently brush them with a little olive oil, and a bit of chopped, fresh basil.
Raise your glass to Julia, and enjoy!
photo: glasshouse images