Local products10 March 2019

Recipe of the week: Carrot flan, with red lentils and toma fondue

Flan is a delicious dish to serve as a side dish or appetizer. Carrot can be substituted with seasonal vegetables such as pumpkin, artichokes or cauliflower.

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The topping with the Toma di Mendatica (Slow Food Presidium), makes the recipe more delicious and tasty. The production of this cheese is small-scale and risks disappearing due to the abandonment of the mountain areas. The few Toma producers who are also breeders, are in the Alta Valle Arroscia and some also in Val Roja and they make direct sales of this product.

Vegetarian Recipe

[Credit Le Cinque Erbe]

Ingredients for six to eight persons

For the pies:

  • 1 kg of carrots (in autumn and winter can be substituted with pumpkin)
  • 100 g of peeled red lentils
  • 1 medium-sized pink or violet onion
  • 4 very fresh eggs cat. 0
  • 100 g of grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt, white pepper

For the béchamel:

  • ½ liter milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 0,50 g of Ligurian extra virgin olive oil

To complete the flan and decoration:

  • 200 g of Toma of Mendatica or goat
  • Grated and lightly toasted bread
  • Peeled and toasted pumpkin seeds

[Credit Ricette Bimby]

Preparation procedure:

  1. Wash, clean and slice the carrots (or pumpkin) and onion, rinse the lentils.
  2. In a non-stick pan gently brown the onion in extra virgin olive oil, then add vegetables and legumes, salt and cook with the lid (possibly adding a little water), until they are cooked.
  3. Reduce to puree with the minipimer or the blender. In the saucepan, prepare a rather firm béchamel to which add (when it is cold) egg yolks, carrots and lentils puree, Parmesan.
  4. Finally add the egg whites to firm snow, pepper and salt. Stir gently and divide the mixture into small buttered and floured molds filling them for 3/4 of the capacity.
  5. Bake at 180 ° C in static oven, in a bain-marie, until the surface is golden. Allow to cool.
  6. Prepare the Toma fondue, removing the crust and slowly melting it in a saucepan with a few tablespoons of milk.
  7. Serve the flans, pour over two or three tablespoons of warm fondue, decorate with bread crumbs and toasted pumpkin seeds, forming a spiral.



Judit Neuberger

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