Fortunately... (French Fridays with Dorie: Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flan)
It was one of THOSE days in the kitchen. I was working on this and this, along with a few other projects that day.
Fortunately, things went smoothly (when does THAT ever happen?). Unfortunately, it led to many sinks full of dishes. Fortunately, a couple of those sink-fulls found a home in the dishwasher. Unfortunately, as soon as one batch of dishes disappeared, a new batch popped up. Funny how that works.
Continued after the break...
Fortunately, one of the recipes I was working on was easy. VERY, VERY easy. Unfortuately - wait, there is no unfortunately here. Just a whole lot of easy - as in blend, sprinkle and bake.
I was both excited and nervous to try the Pumpkin & Gorgonzola Flan. Pumpkin = sweet, right? Like pie. Or cookies. Or bread. Yeah, yeah. I know it's a squash. If someone said to make a butternut squash and gorgonzola flan - my first reaction would be "wow, what a great combination". Scooch (yes, I know that is not a real word) that same idea over to the pumpkin family and I just couldn't wrap my mind around the concept.
Fortunately, many other brave French Fridays with Dorie participants went there first. And reported success. And tips. And bolstered my confidence.
By Sunday, I was ready to go... Once again, essential kitchen items appear to be lacking in my pantry (i.e. ramekins or individual custard cups). So...I dabbled and used "one great big ramekin" - alright, it really was a casserole dish, but in my mind it was one big ramekin.
About the time the "ramekin" made it into the oven, I realized that I forgot to roast my nuts. So, with fingers crossed, I hoped that the oven would roast them for me... Well, close enough for horseshoes?
Served it up with honey drizzled over it, as suggested. I would say that this shifted my sweet vs. savory paradigm regarding pumpkin. Some of the readers included brown-butter sage in their version - definitely insprired and something I would try on a re-make.
The true test was the feedback from the family. Both the dude and the girl went back for seconds. Everyone was in agreement that the honey sent it over the edge from good to really good. So, don't skip the honey! Toasted pecans or hazelnuts would have went well. This one might even end up on the Thanksgiving table.
If my mind wasn't so fuzzy from just getting off the airplane, I might even have some more thoughts on this. All I can say is fortunately, this one was another winner.