Elle Danielle is a Nashville native, mother, wife, photographer, and former attorney. With social-distancing standards still in place, Elle is taking advantage of this time to slow down and connect with her two loves: family and food!
Ideal Stay-At-Home Morning:
Figuring out what to eat each day has become one of the most challenging burdens of staying at home during this pandemic. With virtual school and work responsibilities, weekday meals are usually a rotation of those that are simple and easy to prepare.
I love using the weekend to break up the monotony and cook food that feels special and that allows me, my husband, and our 12-year-old son to slow down and really enjoy. It really gets no better than sleeping in late and enjoying brunch on Saturday or Sunday morning. To me, brunch is a perfect meal because it incorporates sweet and savory items and creates an opportunity to elevate dishes that are usually anything but special.
For my brunch spread, I like to include something sweet, such as french toast, pancakes, cinnamon rolls; something savory, like the tart recipe I share below, or a frittata, quiche, or even breakfast tacos; a side of hash browns or skillet fried potatoes (because who doesn’t love potatoes); fresh fruit, and mimosas for the adults and juice for my son.
With this tart recipe, it is really easy for my husband and son to join me in the kitchen to customize their toppings. And while I prefer a savory preparation on the tarts, they can actually be sweet too.
2 Sheets Frozen Puff Pastry, Thawed (makes 12 individual tarts)
Savory Topping Suggestions:
1 cup of your favorite cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
Asparagus, thinly sliced
Spinach and avocado dip
Finish with fresh chopped herbs (dill, parsley, rosemary, etc.), if desired
Sweet Topping Suggestions:
Fresh peaches, thinly sliced
Finish with chopped nuts, a drizzle of honey, or powdered sugar, if desired
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold pastry sheet and lightly prick all over with a fork. Cut into six even rectangles. Repeat with the second sheet. Savory: top with cheese | Sweet: top with a thin layer of ricotta Add desired toppings (tip — if adding an egg, be sure to build up the edges of your tart with toppings to create a hold in the middle for the egg, so that it does not run off when you crack it into the middle.)
Savory: season with salt and pepper | Sweet: top with cinnamon sugar
Bake on a parchment-lined sheet for 15 minutes Savory: finish with fresh herbs | Sweet: sprinkle with powdered sugar
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