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FFwD: Hachis Parmentier (aka French Shepard’s Pie)

Well you couldn’t go wrong with this week’s recipe! Mashed potatoes, cheese, and meat – really the most easy to please combination if there was one. I was very excited to try Dorie’s recipe since I have made English Shepard’s Pie many times and was interested to see how the flavor differed from my old standby recipe. 

Dorie has broken this recipe into three parts: Beef and Bouillon, Sausage Filling, and Potato Topping.

Let’s get started with the Beef and Bouillon first.

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French Friday’s with Dorie: Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

 This is spectacular!

The chickeny-coconutty-limey goodness is something to write home about, let me tell you. I love soup, I mean I really love it. I could eat soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a very long time if needed. However, my soup making usually revolves around roasted vegetables, tomato broths and such, so I was very excited to broaden my horizons and make this new Vietnamese soup from “around my french table”. I had a few misgivings when I prepared my shopping list for a trip to the grocery store. See I love coconut but my dear husband is not a fan, so I was hoping against hope that he would like this soup despite coconut being included on the ingredient list. Frankly, I was hoping that I could have everything prepared before he got home so he wouldn’t see the can of coconut milk and then he would taste the magical soup – his taste buds would explode and he would ask me to make this soup everyday for the rest of our lives….er, well a girl can dream right? In reality, I made this soup and thought of a few things I could make quickly for him if I needed to -just in case!

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French Friday’s with Dorie: Gerard’s Mustard Tart

The next recipe the FFwD bakers made this week is Gerard’s Mustard Tart. This was a very interesting tart for me to try since I could not think of anything that I had ever tasted that had this flavor profile. This very interesting tart included these ingredients: carrots, leeks, fresh rosemary, eggs, heavy cream, Dijon mustard and grainy mustard, salt and white pepper. 

We start with Dorie’s Tart Dough on page 498 which calls for flour, a little sugar, salt, unsalted butter, eggs and cold water. I filled the bowl of my food processor with the flour, sugar, salt, and butter, and pulsed it just until the butter was mixed into the flour. Next I added the egg and water and pulsed until it was just incorporated. I dumped the contents onto the countertop and pressed the dough into a ball. While I was preparing the ingredients for the tart I let the dough chill in the refrigerator before I rolled it out.

Once the dough was rolled to the approximate size I needed, I placed it in a tart pan with a removable bottom and put it back in the freezer for about an hour.

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