Jay Franks Red Cornmeal Tartlets with Crab, Spinach and Ham
|6 tbUnsalted butter; softened|
|1 1/2 cHeavy cream|
|1 cStone-ground red cornmeal*;|
|2 cJulienne-cut thoroughly|
|2 tbWater; (up to 3)|
|1/2 cSlivered Smithfield ham|
|1 pk(3-ounce) cream cheese;|
|1/2 lbJumbo lump crab meat|
|1 pnFreshly grated nutmeg|
Jay Franks Red Cornmeal Tartlets with Crab, Spinach and Ham Preparation
Makes 8 4-inch tarts *Stone-ground yellow, white or blue cornmeal can be substituted. Crust: Beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup cornmeal and mix thoroughly. Sift flour with salt, cumin and cayenne. Stir in remaining cornmeal. Stir dry ingredients and water into creamed mixture until incorporated. Shape into a ball, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut dough into quarters. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one quarter of dough and use to line two tartlet pans; repeat with remaining pastry. Line each with foil or wax paper, fill with dried beans and bake in preheated 350 degree oven 20 minutes. Let cool; remove beans and foil. Filling: In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, cream, cayenne and nutmeg into a smooth custard. Divide ham, spinach and crab meat among tartlet shells. Divide custard evenly among tartlets. Bake in preheated 375 oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot. Nutrients each: 463 calories, 35 grams fat (68 percent total calories), 262 milligrams cholesterol, 580 milligrams sodium. ? Chef Jay Frank, The Dining Room, The Berkeley Hotel Posted to KitMailbox Digest by John Pellegrino
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