Purple Kitchen Treats

Over the past few years, I have been working on a cookbook. During this time, I took time off to finish my Master's Degree. Now that I have accomplished that, I am working again on my cookbook, slowly but surely.

However, over the past few months, something interesting has happened...I have received multiple requests for baked goods, particularly my cookies. I am also receiving multiple requests for granola. So, with all these requests in mind, I have started to make my cookies for sale, along with my granola.

My official web site is available, but will be undergoing a significant redesign. Be sure to visit my "official" web site at: http://www.susanshonk.com and watch for some exciting changes.

From the heart of my purple kitchen to you,

Saturday, June 11, 2011

365 in 365 - #76 - Fried Green Tomato Tart

I finally found some green tomatoes and thanks to a few people from a Facebook group that I belong to (What's for Dinner), I was sent several recipes for fried green tomatoes.  I have taken steps / ingredients from several of the recipes, mixed and matched them and am adding my own touch for the fried tomatoes.  I think one of the best ideas was to fry the tomatoes in bacon grease.  

Let's talk about bacon grease....there is nothing better for frying than this lovely and extravagant culinary wonder.  I love bacon...but my absolute favorite is maple bacon.  I don't mean the flavored kind that you purchase packaged in the store.  I am talking about thick cut applewood smoked bacon that is cooked on a rack in a jelly roll pan in the oven and then just as it gets crispy, it is brushed on both sides with REAL maple syrup from New England (New Hampshire / Vermont).  There is nothing like real maple syrup.  So, I am going to crumble the bacon and use it in the tart and then use the bacon grease to fry the green tomatoes in......this will be heavenly!!! 

I am also adding caramelized Vidalia onions to the tart......this should be a wonderful addition.  

I also bought a loaf of ciabatta bread, from which I will make fresh bread crumbs to coat the tomatoes with.  I am still considering what herbs I might add to the breadcrumbs......maybe none because of all the flavor that the bacon grease will have. 

Additionally, I am working on a mix of cheeses, cream and eggs for the filling.  I am very excited about this test recipe.  

For the tart shell, I am making a savory shortbread dough and considering what herbs I may add.  

Keep your fingers crossed......as soon as I have a workable recipe, I will post it for y'all.

Have a great evening,

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