Saturday, 12 June 2010

Flammekueche and mushroom soup

Flammekueche is a typical dish from the Alsace region in Northeast France.
It's a type of flat bread usually topped with fresh cheese, fresh cream, onions
and bacon and baked in a stone oven. Traditionally, flammekueche are
served hot and the waiters set them on fire with a type of spirit.
My grandmother used to have a house in the Alsace so I enjoyed flammekueche
a couple of times as a child. I remember watching the chefs prepare them
and being very fascinated by the fire...

For this paper chef challenge I used wodka to light up my flammekueche
which worked really well, it kept burning for ages even though I only poured
a little on top of it... Instead of bacon I used pink salmon, because I figured
it would go well with the cream and onion and give a similar salty flavour
to the dish. The left-over fresh cream and some of the wodka formed the
basis for a mushroom soup which made a nice starter to the meal.

Flammekueche (2 p)

50 g of fresh cream
150 g of fresh cheese (quark)
2 onions, chopped into onion rings
5 sprigs of thyme
half a can of pink salmon (or 1/2 cup of bacon cubes)
1 ts of salt
olive oil
a little wodka to set it on fire
for the dough: 500 gr of self raising flour, 2 tbs of sunflower oil, 1 glass of water, a little salt

Mix the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and mix well. Use your hands to divide
it into 2 balls. Put a little flour on a kitchen top and roll the balls into large squares.
Make sure the dough is spread very thinly (thinner than when making a pizza).
Mix the fresh cream and quark with a ts of salt and spread the mixture on top
op the dough. Top the flammekueche with onion rings and salmon or bacon
and add the thyme leaves on top. Pour a little olive oil on top and let it bake in
a oven for 20 minutes at 200C. Before serving pour a little wodka on top and
light it for the flame effect. Enjoy!

Simple mushroom soup (2 p)
1 cup of dried mushrooms (I used canned mushrooms because I couldn't find dried ones)
1/2 an onion chopped into cubes
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup of fresh cream
2 cups of chicken stock
1/4 cup of wodka
black pepper

Let the mushrooms well up in a little bowl with water. Heat up a frying pan and
fry the onion in a little butter. In the mean time heat up a large pan with the
chicken stock. Now add the garlic and the mayority of the mushrooms (keep
a few to use for garnish) to the onions and stir regularly. Add the onions and
mushrooms to the stock and then fresh cream, wodka, a pinch of nutmeg
and a little pepper. Stir well and let it cook for 15 minutes. Blend it in a
food processor. Heat again before serving and garnish with a few
sauted mushrooms.

1 comment:

Tricia said...

The Flammekueche sounds really intriguing! My husband built a mud oven in our backyard last summer - next time he fires it up, I'm going to suggest he try a round of these.