As an appetizer, we’re eating tarts made with smoked wahoo, cream cheese, saint andres cheese, sage and blackberries in a puff pastry shell.
T: These things were awesome. Really good.
A: how come i feel like we’re always saying that?? but hey, if they’re good…they’re good! (and btw, these were purdy good)
T: If we weren’t saying that so much then we would need to reconsider our(your) hobby!
A: heheh are you telling me that you wouldn’t eat my food if it wasn’t good??? you wouldn’t even humor me?
T: I would definately eat it… but I don’t know if I would take pictures of it and post it for the world to see!
A: heard! well at least i know you’re sincere, right? You really can’t go wrong by combining smoked fish, cream cheese, and puff pastry.
T: I can sure as hell go wrong with fish, cream cheese, and puff pastry. You can’t go wrong with them. I’m actually quite afraid of what would happen if I was given those ingredients and told to make something with them. I would probably try to build a little castle or something.
A: lol, dude! That is totally inovative! why didn’t i think of building a little puff pastry castle with smoked fish and cream cheese holding it together!
T: because it’s a very, very bad idea. We’re not playing with legos. There aren’t any pirates that are going to come on shore and raid the little castle. We’re talking about food here.
A: uhhhh…dude… did the pirates raid castles?
T: Well they did when I was growing up. You see, I had the pirate legos, and I had the castle legos. I didn’t have an extensive background in european history at the time. I think some spaceships may have come into play at some point in time as well. They were raided by pirates too.
A: it’s good to see that the pirates in tylerland didn’t discrimi-hate between all the other creatures of the universe.
T: peace and unity, baby. Uhmm.. ok, moving on. Those were some killer tarts! If I were a pirate in real life I would pillage and plunder for them.
A: awe… you can be my little pirate, T…aye aye matey
T: save that for our other blog sweety.
A: woah duder… this post has gotten a little wierd.
T: yeah, once you started the roleplaying.
A: heheh i wasn’t the one who brought pirates and spaceships into it!
T: no, I did. And that’s why you don’t want to give me ingredients and tell me to make something with them.
A: actually i really would like to see what you’d do with them… the possiblities are not endless. there’s only so much to do with those three things.
T: yeah, overcook them, undercook them, underseason them, overseason them, poorly season them, …
A: you’ve just got to have a little faith in your palate, man. you eat stuff all the time. you know what tastes good!
T: someday I will cook. Once we retire next year.
A: you will also cook when we do the WWE special switcharoo.
T: ahh yes, the switcharooni. Where I cook and you post. That should be interesting. Back to the tarts, I rate them a 4.65/5. I thought they were stupendous. I was delighted by the smoked fish and cheese and blackberry. MMmmm.
A: Thanks T! i don’t know that you’ve ever used the word stupendous about my food before! very nice. this was kind of a clean the fridge appetizer. we had a leftover sheet of puff pastry, leftover blackberries, leftover smoked fish…you get the picture. i didn’t buy anything to make these. (i just used what was left from my family coming to visit.) I give these little tarts a 4.3/5. If i had remembered how our freaking tiny oven cooks (seriously guys…it’s the size of a microwave) i wouldn’t have slightly charred the bottoms. Give that, they couldn’t have quite as high of a score as i would otherwise have given them!
T: The bottoms didn’t particularly bother me. Except when you cut off the black part and I microwaved them and scalded my hands badly.
A: baby! i know you didn’t scald your hands. it didn’t leave any kind of a mark…
T: Emotional marks are hard to see sometimes.
A: heheh whatEVER if you can’t take the heat, get the *%$# out the kitchen!
T: I’m going to play with my secret stash of legos now.
Kwaherini mabibi na mabwana.
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
16 oz cream cheese, at room tempurature
8-10oz smoked white fish, chunked (i used wahoo)
2 oz heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
few dashes of hot sauce
1 pint blackberries
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to the tempurature suggested on the puff pastry box. Thoroughly mix together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl (i suggest using a wooden spoon). Stir in the sage and smoked fish. Taste the mixture, then season with salt and pepper as necessary. Roll out the puff pastry with a rolling pin and using a 3 inch ring mold (or a wide rimmed glass, if you don't have a ring mold) cut out as many puff pastry circles as you can. One sheet yeilds about 7-9 circles. Place a few tbsps of the mixture into the middle of a puff pastry ring and make a free form tart with the pastry coming up at least as high, if not higher, then the filling. It maybe easier to use a muffin tin (or even a mini muffin tin) for these, but i don't own one, so it's not necessary. Repeat making the tarts until all the filling has been used. Before baking place a blackberry in the middle of each tart. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Serve warm, chilled, or at room tempurature. Enjoy!