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Recipes that include water

Cheating Enchiladas

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Let’s not talk about the food yet.  Let’s talk about the reason for this dish or more specifically the recipe.  In previous posts for chili pepper-based recipes, we have received notes about how the chili peppers we use are often hard to find in certain areas: cascabels, chipotles, pequins, anchos, guajillos, etc.  Other people have asked for chili pepper flavor without so much spice/heat.  We’ve heard loud and clear, so this post is about making an authentic-tasting chili pepper sauce, using readily available ingredients with a rich taste that is not spicy.  Let’s hope it works out!

The first part is making a Latin-flavored shredded pork.  I’ve done BBQ-style pulled pork before; even though this uses the same cut (pork butt) and is shredded, it tastes totally different.  Plus we’re going to use it to make an enchilada casserole, which we’ve done before (last time the enchiladas were beef with a green sauce), so this is quite different.

Pork Enchiladas with rice and salad


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Peach and Cherry Galette

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Do you remember when Carla won all those Top Chef rounds with a simple galette? I thought that was a bit ridiculous considering how easy a galette is to make.

Peach and Cherry Galette - slice 2

There is so much great fruit around now that I was thinking about making a Peach and Cherry Galette. The next day,  I saw the Peach and Raspberry Galette on Dr. Food, who had adapted hers from Use Real Butter, making it this week’s double Weekend Shout Out!

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Jennifer, at Use Real Butter, has insanely good photos on her site, food porn heaven! Erin at Dr. Food took the sugar and butter down just a bit, which I thought wise, especially because I was going to use cherries which are not as tart as raspberries. The crust they used interested me because it was different from my go-to recipe. I was bit nervous when it looked pretty wet but the result was so incredibly delicious, flaky with a little pull. I will find it hard not to make this every day. So thank girls for giving me the basis for this Peach and Cherry Galette.

Note: Using good ripe fruit is essential!

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Peach and Cherry Galette
~makes two 8-inch galettes

  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  • 2 cups sliced ripe peaches (peeled and pitted)
  • 1 cup cherry halves (pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
  • water for brushing
  • 1/2 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Instructions –

1. To make the dough, mix sour cream with water and set aside. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter until it looks like coarse sand.

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2. Add sour cream water mixture 1 tablespoon at a time and toss with a fork. Only add what you need to get the dough to come together. (Doing this on a humid day, I found that I did not need all the liquid and it was still a bit wet compared to most doughs I am used to.)

3. Bring the dough together and separate into two balls. Flatten into discs and save each in plastic wrap. Chill for 3 hours or up to 2 days.

4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.

5. Roll out dough to 11″ circles, using a generous amount of flour to prevent sticking. Let dough hang on rolling pin to transfer to parchment covered baking sheets. Split fruit among the two pieces, arranging nicely in the center, leaving a 3″ rim.

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6. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of sugar on each (mainly over fruit part). Dot both with thin slices of butter (1/2 tablespoon each).

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7. Folding the dough is easy. Just pick up any side and fold over. Take the low corner it made and fold that towards the center. Now a new lower corner is created. Fold that towards the center and repeat until you’ve gone all the way around.

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8. Brush dough lightly with water and sprinkle turbinado sugar over crust (1/4 tablespoon over each). Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until pastry is golden and fruit is bubbling. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving. Best eaten as soon as possible.

Peach and Cherry Galette - before baking Peach and Cherry Galette 4

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