8/23/09

tomato & spicy corn relish on puff pastry with horsey sauce

copyright 2009 dawn finicane

An easy post today as I had my butt kicked at the gym today, so I am exhausted, but it's a good kind of exhausted; a kind of exhausted that will make you sleep like a baby. I had a workout session that was easy in the beginning, harder in the middle because I wanted to give up and say that's enough for now, but no I pushed harder and made it to the end thus feeling like a million bucks. Don't you love that after workout feeling? Good stuff. But most times when I workout like crazy I get like 'prison hungry' afterwards. Ever get that? I try not to overeat and look like a pig eating four meals at once because I get the strangest looks from friends and family. Speaking of the gym, you know what's the worst? Those meatheads who make all those grunting noises. What's up with that? Why all the noises? I know it's hard lifting weights, but why all the excessive grunting and then "slam!" of the weights after each set? And a constant stare at me in between sets? Are you trying to get me to notice you? You're scaring me away...

copyright 2009 dawn finicane

Tomato, cheddar & spicy corn relish on puff pastry
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2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced, left to dry out a bit on paper towels
1/4 to 1/2 cup of spicy corn relish (see below)
1/2 cup shredded cheese (your choice)
Puff pastry
Horsey sauce (see below)

I don't know about you but I do love working with puff pastry. Some times when I'm not in the mood to make my own puff pastry I use my go-to pre-made puff pastry Dufour's. Which I find at Whole Foods in the frozen section. Always keep your puff pastry frozen till ready to use, then defrost according to directions on package. Puff pastry does not keep in the fridge long after it's been thawed. Here's is the recipe I use for spicy corn relish. Or I use this pre-made relish, which is just as good, it's from Stonewall Kitchen who make wonderful products.

So all I did was slice the tomatoes thin and let them drain a bit on paper towels. Rolled out the puff pastry onto a greased cookie sheet, layer the puff pastry with a thin layer of cheese of your choice (I used cheddar) then a thin layer of the spicy corn relish, then the tomatoes.

Sprinkle with a bit of salt & pepper and bake in preheated oven (375 degrees) for about 15-20 minutes, making sure to turn pan at midpoint. Let cool and slice. You can top with the horsey sauce. Puff pastry, once cooked, does not keep well after a day, really should be eaten straight away--which is no problem in my house.

Horsey Sauce

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup horseradish
1 ts of white wine or vinegar

In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, heavy cream, wine, and horseradish.
Makes about 1 ½ cups sauce; you can halve this or even quarter this recipe.

47 comments:

  1. Hang in there with the exhaustion - rest up, my friend!!


    Horsey sauce!! Used to get that at Arby's, hahahaha :-D

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  2. Glad you got in a kick butt workout. I get irritated at those dudes too- so unnecessary!! This looks like pizza mmm

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  3. Oh, yes I love the kick my butt workout feeling. This looks great and I love the fancy swirl of sauce.

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  4. I love a good workout, but hate the gym case in point those "meatheads" I do agree about being "prison hungry" right after. LOL. Nice way to full fill that hunger. Looks awesome. I love working with puff pastry, too.

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  5. this looks mighty, mighty...

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  6. Glad you got a good workout in today! Good for you! I always feel great after a good sweat session! Love the tomato and corn relish-on puff pastry-even better:)

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  7. I hear you about the gym rats. Sometimes its much more relaxing to workout at home to a nice yoga video. :)

    Your puff pastry is making me hungry despite the fact that I just ate! Wow.

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  8. When I talked w/ Bob Greene last week he said, any time after weight lifting, you get crazy hungry. So its not in your head or anything.
    And nothing rounds off a good workout than some puff pastry!!! mmmmm

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  9. Kick butt workouts are my new favorite thing. But, holy hell this tart is amazing

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  10. I love puff pastry- it's so versatile. This rustic tart looks good enough to eat!

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  11. I always have a few Stonewall Kitchen condiments in my pantry; they're delicious, and come in so handy for quick dishes like this.

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  12. I vaguely remember that awesome post workout feeling... heh.

    The pastry thing looks great! I really want to try that corn relish.

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  13. I'm lovin that puff pastry Dawn, it looks fantastic!

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  14. Wow, that pastry looks incredible! Light, and flavorful and a perfect summer meal.

    Did you read the story in Time magazine last week about how exercize doesn't help people lose weight because they are so hungry afterwards? It was interesting.

    The scary guys are why I will NEVER go to a gym! I prefer to walk on the beach.

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  15. Good for you and working out!! I need some motivation now. :) You had me laughing about the meatheads. LOL. I gotta agree though!

    Oliver is doing great! The owner has him at home where she can care for him until he is old enough to be brought home. We have soooooo many kittens at the shelter. We're over-run by 'em!

    Mocha was happy, I was home a lot this weekend. No pooping...guess it's an emotional thing. lol

    xoxo

    Michelle

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  16. I love your horsey sauce. Il looks wonderful and full of flavors.

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  17. I love this savory tart - delicious and perfect for summer! The horsey sauce sounds awesome!

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  18. I know that ravenous feeling after a kick-butt workout when you want to eat the entire kitchen. Love this savory pastry - with the super creamy horsey sauce!

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  19. puff pastry. corn. tomaters. i wouldn't mind a swift kick in the rear if it meant i'd get to devour this. :)

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  20. I am loving this recipe - adding the horsey sauce on top makes it perfect.

    Good for you for getting out and getting a good workout in. I need to get off my butt and do the same.

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  21. Prison hungry- that totally describes how I feel today!

    I've got to make this the next time I have dinner with the parents. Delish looking!

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  22. Horsey sauce...It tasted good..what little I had...

    I know there's a "competitive" lifter on your boards, but to be honest, in my 15 years of powerlifting and lifting to survive in a combat environment...anyone who grunts, makes noises, or uses mirrors or needs them, is not there to work out, but to have others notice them. In fact, NO noise needs to be made at all when you're properly lifting weights. There should be silence at all times..maybe the sound of inhaling and exhaling. Most of the guys I saw who grunted and groaned and clanged the weights (and women too) equate that noise with a good workout--no. Same thing with the burn...if you're burning all the time you've used up all the glycogen in the muscles. Exercise to fatigue is foolish and will result in injury--as in the case with me. Its a slow process, and its about repitition, doing the exercise movement correctly and over time..not about the weight you lift. Besides from what you're doing now, your "guns" look really good! Wait till 6 months from now...

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  23. The puff pastry puts these over the top!

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  24. vat a delish lokking dish!! yumm!!

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  25. I could really sink my teeth into this Dawn it is FABULOUS!

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  26. Prison hungry? HA I love that. Seriously, that's the hardest part, the not overeating when you are trying to lose weight. It's will power to the extreme.

    I won't lie. I make noises when I lift. Not every rep, or every exercise, but def on deadlifts and squats. I try not to, but 300 pounds is 300 pounds, and it's not going to move itself quietly :)

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  27. hehe, horsey sauce :) i'm intrigued by the corn relish, might just have to give it a shot. i love people watching at the gym, espeically when you catch people trying to check themselves out like no one is looking! or maybe they just want to prentedn...

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  28. This looks like the perfect summer treat! I love using puff pastry as well, there is so much to be made with it.

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  29. I love you. Seriously I was just thinking some very similar for dinner tonight. I was going to add caramelized onions and I just got done last night roasting 12 ears of corn on the grill.

    Now I know what to do :-)

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  30. I agree, I love those kinds of workouts! I totally applaud you for going to the gym at all - those muscley-macho men keep me away all together! UGH.

    Love this tart!

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  31. perfect puff pastry!! my kids vud love t have this! yumm!!

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  32. I hate working out. I love eating. I wouldn't mind eating your creation here. mmmmmm

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  33. I should start going to the gym also. This is an interesting recipe. Looks really good.

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  34. thank goodness you're back! you were my only inspiration for baking! guess that means i better get to it now...

    Emily

    http://peanutbutterprerogative.wordpress.com

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  35. Yum!! That looks soooo good!

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  36. What a lovely & tasty looking pastry!!!

    Yummie too!!!

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  37. looks delicious! and horsey sauce?? haha..I've never heard of that.

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  38. Great combo of toppings! I like how you made your 'horsey' sauce :)

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  39. This looks delicious! I love puff pastry.

    And yes, they need to keep those grunts to themselves!

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  40. hahaha.. that's hilarious! I know what you mean about the noises. Whenever people do that, I actually feel embarassed for them!

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  41. Funny commentary on the gym and oh so true.
    Puff pastry recipes: I love them!

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  42. it's nice to have you back!

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  43. I would not have thought of the corn and tomato combo for the topping but it sounds great!

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  44. Yay, you are back!! Love this tart. A great way to use up season ingredients...and I'm sure the horsey sauce gives such a nice little kick.

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  45. Horsey sauce-never heard of it but drooling at recipe. Gym noises: I think the testosterone get the best of them--and they think women are loud. ugh.

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