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Leek Quiche

I had a beautiful bunch of leeks from the farmers’ market and a Mediterranean crust left over in my freezer from my week of savory pies, so I decided to make this lightened version of a French classic called flamiche. The French version calls for lots of butter and cream or crème fraiche. Ingredients 3…

French Onion Panade

Panade is the French country cook’s answer to stuffing — a satisfying and efficient way to use up stale bread. Because there are so few components, taking care to ensure that each one is just right will make all the difference in how the final dish tastes. Start with a stale, crusty loaf of sourdough bread. Cook…

Cheesy Hasselback Potato Gratin

This golden and glorious mash-up of potato gratin and Hasselback potatoes, from the acclaimed food science writer J. Kenji López-Alt, has been engineered to give you both creamy potato and singed edge in each bite. The principal innovation here is placing the sliced potatoes in the casserole dish vertically, on their edges, rather than laying…

Turnip Gratin

A turnip gratin can be a rich, creamy affair, but this lighter version made with low-fat milk is equally delicious and comforting. When you use low-fat milk for a gratin, you will find quite a bit of liquid in the pan when you pull the dish from the oven. Let it sit for 20 to…

Cabbage and Potato Gratin

Like slow-cooked onions, slow-cooked cabbage takes on color, becoming meltingly tender and sweet. Because of the bulk of the potatoes, this gratin makes a satisfying vegetarian main dish, though it certainly works just as well as a side. Ingredients Salt 1 large savoy or green cabbage (about 2 pounds), quartered 1 pound baking potatoes, such…

Winter Tomato Quiche

You can make a tomato quiche off-season using canned tomatoes for a rich tomato sauce that you blend with the custard filling. When tomatoes are in season I use the same filling but line the tart shell with sliced tomatoes. Ingredients 1 9- or 10-inch whole wheat Mediterranean pie crust, (or gluten-free version) 1 tablespoon…

Croque-Madame

This is a variation of Amanda Hesser’s croque-monsieur, a ham and Gruyere sandwich topped with béchamel. Here, we invite you to pop a fried egg on top. Voila! A croque-madame (reportedly named such because the egg resembles a lady’s wide-brimmed hat). Ingredients 5 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon flour ⅔ cup milk Sea salt Freshly grated…

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