Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Phenomenal Tip: DIY Tarte Flambées

Tarte Flambee seems to be on every foodies' lips nowadays.  What's up with all the buzz?  Despite its fancy and sophisticated French name, it is just simply a thin crust pizza.   I enjoy the occasional date-night with the Phenomenal Papa, but I am not overly eager to order this on the menu.  BUT, I am fervently dying to re-create it at home - in my own kitchen, with the kids... not to mention that it is so much cheaper!:)
We regularly have pizza nights at home, with the toppings all lined up so everyone can just make their own pizza by liberally piling on whatever they wish on the dough. So, last weekend when it was the designated pizza night, I told everyone that I am putting all the glitz for our weekend dinner for the spectacular "Tarte Flambée Nuits."  Little do they know that is just a fancy renaming. Haha! 

Allow me to share with you my version of an easy to do tarte flambee using my favorite store bought "pizza dough."  It is not actually a pizza dough, but a tortilla.  I have never been inclined to make my own dough, so when it is pizza night in my house, I always use Village Gourmet's tortilla.  It always gives the same results:  pizza that is ultra thin and crispy. 
For this particular night, I prepared thin slivers of smoked salmon and maple-smoked bacon. 

Since the tortilla is very thin, there are a few things to keep in mind when you want to get a crisp texture:  
first, pre-bake the tortilla; 
second, put care when piling on the toppings... definitely do not overload with toppings; 
third, have a light hand when using tomato sauce and/or creme faiche, as too much liquid will make the crust soggy. 


Tarte Flambee with smoked salmon, capers, fontina and gruyere cheese, creme fraiche  
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Brush surface of tortilla with a very light coating of olive oil and place on baking tray.  Pre bake for about 3-5 minutes until warm and toasted, taking care not to leave it so long that it changes color.
3.  Remove from oven and put desired toppings.
4.  Return to oven and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until tortilla turns lightly golden.
5.  Drizzle creme fraiche after final baking.
6.  Slice with pizza slicer and serve with freshly cracked pepper and/or chili oil.


Tarte Flambee with maple-smoked bacon, balsamic caramelized onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, creme fraiche  

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush surface of tortilla with a very light coating of olive oil and place on baking tray.  Pre bake for about 3-5 minutes until warm and toasted, taking care not to leave it so long that it changes color.
2.  Heat a medium pan over high heat. Chop the bacon into bite-size pieces, then add them to the hot pan. Cook until crisp, stirring occasionally.  Remove them to a bowl or plate, keeping about a tablespoon of the bacon fat in the pan.
3. Make the caramelized onions, following this recipe here.
4.  Spread the creme fraiche, making sure to go lightly–too heavy a hand will make it soggy. Top it with the chopped tomatoes, caramelized onions, crispy bits of bacon, mozzarella and herbs.
5.  Return base to oven and bake for another 4-5 minutes or until tortilla turns lightly golden.
6.  Slice with pizza slicer and serve with freshly cracked pepper and/or chili oil.


I assure you, there will be plenty of compliments from some very pleased diners about how a good cook you are.:)

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6 comments:

Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings said...

When we do shortcut, impromptu pizza nights, we also use either tortillas or pitas! It's a great substitute, although we probably use pita a little bit more often because it is a little sturdier and thicker, so we can pile on the ingredients! Ha! Love your tarte flambee! These are one of my fave French foods!

Pia said...

Hi Tina. Thanks for the visit. I'm feeling much better now than last week. I'm claiming my healing everyday. I will be back to my old self soon enough. :-)

Pia said...

I had to go back and say how yummy this looks. I wish I could try this now... Yum!

Mom-Friday said...

I buy the same tortilla brand! They have ready-made pizza crust that I buy too and kids make their own hawaiian pizzas :) Now I miss smoked salmon... ako lang kasi kumakain nyan dito!

xoxoMrsMartinez | Mrs-Martinez.com said...

What a brilliant idea! It certainly fooled me hahaha Wait till I try this at home so I can use the fancy name too haha ; p

xoxo
MrsMartinez

jo-ann said...

I love your recipe and your pizza looks amazing. One of these days I'll follow your procedure.

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