Flammekueche or Tarte Flambée

august_tarteflambeeFor the article about my trip to France, I was asked, “How will you implement what you saw/ate in your work in the U.S.?” My answer, “
I want to . . . reproduce a very tasty Alsatian dish we were served on the boat, flammekueche or tarte flambée, sort of like a quiche lorraine pizza.” (That is, in addition to playing with the chestnut liqueur I brought home.) You’ll find more about this classic Alsatian dish and the recipe from  Josh Eden, chef at NYC’s August Restaurant, on the Food Republic web site.

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5 Responses to Flammekueche or Tarte Flambée

  1. Carole Sangalli says:

    Hi. Any chance we can get the recipe for Taste Flambee that Sara made on Simply Ming? He posts recipes from his guests, but has not posted it yet. I would love to make it Sunday. Thanks a lot…

    • moulton says:

      I am going to copy and post it right here.

      Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes
      Servings: Makes three 10- x 12-inch pizzas

      6 ounces bacon, sliced thin crosswise
      4 cups thinly sliced onion
      salt and black pepper
      8 ounces crème fraiche
      1 large egg yolk
      pinch nutmeg
      3 ounces coarsely grated gruyere cheese
      Pizza dough (recipe below) or 1 ½ pounds store bought pizza

      Preheat the oven to 500 F. and arrange one of the oven racks on the bottom shelf of the oven.

      In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring, until it starts to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the skillet.

      Add the onion to the pan, and cook, covered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 10 minutes. Remove the cover and cook, stirring occasionally until golden, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

      In a small bowl stir together the crème fraiche, egg yolk, nutmeg and salt and pepper.

      Roll out one third of the dough on a lightly oiled surface into a 10- by 12-inch rectangle, 1/8-inch thick and transfer to a 15- by 17- inch piece of parchment. It will shrink and lose its shape so roll it again into a 10- by 12-inch rectangle on top of the parchment. Place the parchment sheet on top of a baking sheet spread one third of the crème fraiche mixture evenly on the dough, top with one third of the onion and bacon and sprinkle one third of the cheese over the whole surface. Repeat the procedure with the remaining dough and toppings to make 2 more pizzas. Working in batches, bake on the lower shelf of the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is crisp. Serve right away.

      Pizza Dough
      360 grams (about 3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
      1 (1/4-ounce) package instant yeast
      1 teaspoon sugar
      1 teaspoon table salt
      11/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or vegetable oil if making dough for calzones), plus more for oiling the bowl and rolling out the dough

      Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse once or twice. Add 1 cup very warm (120° to 130°F) water and the oil; process until a dough forms. It should be soft and slightly sticky. If it is too sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too stiff, add more warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

      Shape the dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowl, turning the dough so the surface is completely coated. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 1 hour. Divide as directed in your recipe or as needed.

  2. Big Fan says:

    Wow! Thank you so very much for posting this recipe. I am, at this very minute watching the re-run (for the second time) of Simply Ming with you making the tart while I’m trying to take down the recipe! Sara, you are so helpful and we love watching you cook. I’m a A Big Big Fan!

  3. Thank you for posting this. I just saw you make this with Ming and my mouth is watering. Can’t wait to make it!

  4. Beth Wolfe says:

    Hi There,
    I saw you prepare this on Simply Ming. I was intrigued and decided to make it up. And am I happy that I did!
    WoW! WoW! WoW! I have made it 10X in a month. I paired it with 2015 Atlas Peak Cabernet of Lobo Wines in Napa. It would pair well with any of their red wines. I am going to make it for my tours of the caves in the future.
    If you’re planning a trip to Napa please ring us up for an unforgettable adventure off the beaten path.
    We share the caves with four other families that are equally as passionate about wine making.

    Thank you so much!

    Beth Wolfe

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