My Kitchen Heroes and a Signature Dish:
Cheese, Spring Onion and Tomato Flan Recipe
Meet my kitchen heroes and one of my “signature” dishes……I love cooking and baking and also prefer to make my own pastry, but, life can be hectic and frenetic sometimes and that’s where my kitchen heroes come into play – ready-made and ready-rolled pastry, as well as ready-grated Cheddar cheese. They are great to have in stand-by when life is throwing lots of curved balls at you, and I feel not ONE ounce of guilt in advertising the fact that I use them now and then. As for signature dishes, when Sainsbury’s asked me to bake my signature dish with some of my kitchen heroes ingredients, I had a struggle; the fact is that I don’t have any ONE signature dish, but several! But, I am known in my family for my pies, quiches, tarts and flans, so it seemed appropriate to share a favourite with you all, Cheese, Spring Onion and Tomato Flan, made with ready-made herb puff pastry, two cheeses, a little cream, spring onions, cherry tomatoes and Greek basil leaves.
As part of the Sainsbury’s Blogger Network, I am also hosting a competition on behalf of Sainsburys’ – they want YOU, that’s Lavender and Lovage readers to create your own signature dish. All you have to do it post your recipe online, and then leave comment on my blog post here with your recipe link, and if you are on twitter, you can tweet your recipe using #kitchenheroes hash tag. The winning recipe from this competition will be picked by the Sainsbury’s team and the most impressive recipe will win a £50 Sainsbury’s voucher. The competition will run for seven days and will end on Monday the 13th May. My signature dish is made from FOUR of “My Sainsbury’s” kitchen heroes, what I consider to be “staples”, that’s the ready-made pastry, grated Cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes and the garlic and herb soft cheese. So, what will YOUR signature dish be?
We all enjoyed this Cheese, Spring Onion and Tomato Flan today as part of my birthday tea, and it was perfect with all of the other treats that my mum cooked……sausage rolls, poached salmon sandwiches, salad, cheese straws, cooked ham, pickles and cake of course! You can also make this flan with chives as well as spring onions, and normal tomatoes too……but, we all like the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and the lovely flavour of spring onions. Greek basil is a delicate peppery herb and the leaves are tiny, so no need to chop or dice them. The rest of the Cheese, Spring Onion and Tomato Flan is being taken on a “National Trust Picnic” tomorrow, we are off to Fountains Abbey, and the remains of my birthday tea will make great picnic grub!
My recipe for the Cheese, Spring Onion and Tomato Flan is below, as well as the competition information. So, DO enter your signature dish, you could be in with a chance of winning £50 of Sainsbury’s Vouchers…….and that has GOT to be handy for the family’s weekly shopping. That’s all for today, have a wonderful bank holiday Monday for those reader sin the UK, and see you tomorrow with my Thrifty and Organic Meal Planner for May. Karen
Cheese, Spring Onion and Tomato Flan
|Prep time||20 minutes|
|Cook time||25 minutes|
|Total time||45 minutes|
|Allergy||Egg, Milk, Wheat|
|Meal type||Lunch, Main Dish, Snack, Starter|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot|
|Occasion||Casual Party, Easter|
|Karen S Burns-Booth|
A delectable and easy to make cheese flan with spring onions, cherry tomatoes, herb puff pastry and Greek basil; this is made with ready-made pastry and pre-grated cheese for ease. This makes a generous 8 portions, suitable for two family meals or for one meal and the lunch box meals. Serve warm or cold and can be frozen.
- 1 pack of herb puff pastry (ready rolled, I used Sainsbury’s)
- 3 large free-range eggs (beaten)
- 100mls single cream
- 4 tablespoons garlic and herb soft cheese (I used Sainsbury’s)
- 125g grated extra mature Cheddar cheese (I used Sainsbury’s)
- fresh Greek basil leaves
- salt and pepper
- 4 spring onions, trimmed and cut into small pieces
- 8 cherry tomatoes (halved)
A delectable and easy to make cheese flan with spring onions, cherry tomatoes, herb puff pastry and Greek basil; this is made with ready-made pastry and pre-grated cheese for ease and convenience. This recipe makes a generous 8 portions, suitable for two family meals or for one meal and the lunch box meals. Serve warm or cold and can be frozen.
|Step 1||Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Line a 8″ (20cms) square or round cake/flan tin with the pastry, and cook blind for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set to one side whilst you prepare the filling.|
|Step 2||Whisk the beaten eggs, cream, soft cheese and grated Cheddar cheese together, add the Greek basil leaves, season to taste with salt and pepper, then pour the filling into the prepared pastry case.|
|Step 3||Scatter the chopped spring onions over the mixture and then arrange the tomato halves over the top.|
|Step 4||Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the flan is puffed up, golden brown and firm to the touch.|
|Step 5||Allow to cool in the tin before turning out. Serve in slices, with fresh basil leaves as a garnish. Perfect with salad and baked potatoes, as well as for lunch boxes and picnics.|
Food Heroes “Signature Dish” Competition:
Win £50 Sainsbury’s Vouchers
1. Create a signature dish recipe and share it online.
2. Leave a comment here with your recipe link.
3. If you are on Twitter, tweet me your recipe link: @KarenBurnsBooth and@SainsburysPR Please use the hash-tag #kitchenheroes
4. The competition closes at Midnight on Monday 13th May 2013.
5. The winning recipe will be picked by the Sainsbury’s team and the most impressive recipe will win a £50 Sainsbury’s voucher.
(Disclaimer: I received a £50 voucher from Sainsbury’s in order to create my signature dish. Karen S Burns-Booth)
What is your Signature Dish?
Do you have JUST one, or several like me?