Andouille in a Blanket … w/ mustard chutney

I just had to make this because I and the MotH love andouille. I mean, honestly, who does not love it? I guess, well, no one. Andouille, originally a French sausage, is best know in the US as its Louisiana cousin. The best andouille, in my opinion, is from the area in and around Lafayette Louisiana. That is also where the best boudin comes from, but that is a whole other post.

This is like the grown up version of pigs in a blanket. And can we just gild the lily with a chutney mustard sauce. So … I shall say it again … stupidly good. This made a great dinner for us one Saturday night as we had had a late lunch and only needed a little snack, but it was a damn tasty snack. D&D_1979

7 ounces all-butter puff pastry, thawed and cut into four 5-inch squares
1 large egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
4 andouille sausages (3 ounces each)
1/4 cup Major Grey’s chutney*
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

Preheat the oven to 375° and position a rack in the center. Arrange the puff pastry squares on a work surface and brush the top edges with the egg wash. Place the sausages on the bottom edges and roll up the pastry, pressing the edges to seal. Freeze the logs for 10 minutes, or until firm.

Cut the logs into 1/2-inch slices and place them cut side up in 3 mini muffin pans. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden and sizzling. Turn out onto a paper towel-lined rack to cool.

Meanwhile, in a mini food processor, pulse the chutney and mustard just until the chutney is chopped. Spoon a dollop of the chutney mustard on each slice and serve.

MAKE AHEAD: The unbaked sliced rounds can be frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw before baking.

* really looked into making chutney for this, but honest to the lord there are just too many pieces parts to make for something that would just be easier to purchase. Yes, this is woosing out, but sometimes it just makes more sense to buy versus make. In this case, this was a win – all the way around.

My sad baking/cooking summer

It has been a bit of a challenging summer. Not feeling creative and hot and humid as what I imagine hell to be. That said, I have done little and this will just prove it and I hope will be a kick in the right direction for fall baking.

9 July 2016 – Pear and Bleu Cheese Pastry – 1 egg

6 August 2026 – Creamed Corn – 3 Tbs butter

7 August 2016 – Chicken Salad – 8 eggs and some of them were for the pup.

10 August 2016 – Asparagus, Red Onion, Fettuccini with orange juice, white wine, butter sauce  – 4 Tbs butter D&D_1533

17 August 2016 – Butter-Roasted Mushrooms – 2 Tbs butter

26 August 2016 – Sour Cream Chocolate Chip & Butterscotch Chip Cake – 5 Tbs butter – 1 egg

26 August 2016 – Brownie Cakes – 16 Tbs butter – 4 eggs

29 August 2016 – Thomas’ California Cheese Bread – 6 Tbs

Sigh.

So an underwhelming total of 14 large eggs and 36 Tbs of unsalted butter.

Pear and Bleu Cheese Turnovers

I was always a big fan of turnovers. My Dad’s Mom made amazing fried apple pies –  which is a turnover – mostly. She made them with dried apples – not sure why they were made with dried apples but then she fried them in a  – I am not sure what that thing was called – I think it might be an electric skillet. Maybe? Not sure.

D&D_1492That said, when my grandmama came down from Rockingham North Carolina, she made those fried apple pies and they were (are) sublime. My Mom loved them – which was kind of cool because she was a great cook/bakery herself. Sometimes old recipes are the best. Indeed, mostly they are.

I have found a variation of  (chausson aux pommes “apple slippers”*) the fried apple pies that grandmama made and it totally works for me, but I think this new recipe might be just a little bit more interesting. I mean – pears – and then bleu cheese is involved. Although, I think Granny Smith apples would work well too.

1 sheet of puff pastry
1 good sized not over ripe Anjou pear, peeled, cored, and diced
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
1 egg, for egg wash, beaten with 1 Tbs water
Raw sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment. Combine pears, lemon juice, cranberries, and bleu cheese in a bowl and set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll a sheet of puff pastry into a square, about 11 x 11 inches. Trim back to a 10 x 10 inch square. Using a pizza wheel, cut into 9 smaller squares – oh, lord, math is involved – ugh. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each square. Brush two edges with egg wash and fold pastry into a triangle. Press edges to seal. Transfer to baking sheet and chill 20 minutes.

Once chilled, brush triangles with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar and make a couple of slits for the steam to escape. Bake 25 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm.

* The French make everything sound so much better, damn them. It is also Bastille Day.

Source: Baking Obsession

Apple Turnovers (chausson aux pommes – apple slippers)

This recipe is a bit time consuming but not really difficult, but it is so worth it because it tastes just like the fried apple pies that my grandmother (Nettie McLean Fields) used to make.  I just imagine that since she used canned biscuit dough, dried apples, and an electric skillet, that her’s were, somehow, easier. But maybe that’s my imagination talking. I did add up the times to get a sense of how to have it ready for dessert for Christmas Eve – here’s what I have: 10-15 minutes to sauté apples, but get the puff pastry out about 30 minutes before to thaw. Then 10 more mins in the freezer and another rest of 30 minutes in the fridge. And then another 15  – 20  to bake, so … um, guess this involves math now – not my strong suit. But here goes: Get going about 90 minutes ahead of when you want to serve.

Might, next time, sprinkle some some kind of sugar on the top for a little bit of crunch. That could be good, since it’s not overly sweet to begin with (hate ending a sentence like that) (or like that – ugh.) Please see notes below.

Apple Turnovers

  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 x 1″ slices
  • 1 1/2  tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash freshly grated nutmeg (must be freshly grated – really!)
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs whole milk
  • 1 package (14 – 16 ozs) frozen puff pastry, thawed

Apple Turnover

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter in a large saucepan and stir to combine and coat apples. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Set a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl and pour in apple mixture   Let apples cool to room temperature and reserve juice in the bowl.

When apple ply mixture has cooled, whisk together the egg and milk in small bowl until the egg is broken up, set aside. Spread a sheet of puff pastry on lightly floured surface. Dust pastry lightly with flour and using a rolling pin, roll into 12 inch square. Using a sharp paring knife, trim the uneven edges and cut dough into four equal squares. Transfer the squares to the baking sheet and place in freezer until firm, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Using a pastry brush, lightly brush a 1 inch border on the edges of the dough with egg wash. Reserve egg wash. Spoon 1/4 of apple mixture in middle of each square and fold dough in half to form a triangle. Seal the edges with the tines of a fork. Cut a few slits in the top of each pastry with the tip of a paring knife. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm 15 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 425 degrees and arrange rack in the middle.

Remove the turnovers from the refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. Brush the top of each turnover with the egg wash. Bake until golden brown and flaky, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly. Serve warm, drizzled with reserve juice.

Thank you – Chow.com for bringing back a memory.

24 Dec 2014

Notes: Well, this recipe says it’s for a package of puff pastry, but for four turnovers, it’s only one sheet of pastry. Pretty easy to double for eight, but it’s not accurate on that point.