The eighth recipe I made for French Fridays with Dorie, from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table cookbook, was Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flan, found on pages 146-147. I wasn't going to make this...in fact, I told pretty much everyone that I wasn't going to make this one as I am not the biggest pumpkin fan in the world, and it did not seem to me that pumpkin and Gorgonzola (an Italian blue cheese, which I do love) went together in the marrying kind of way in a recipe.
I firmly resolved to sit this one out...until I made pumpkin muffins this weekend and ended up with a half a can of pumpkin left over and no place to really go with it. Gorgonzola was sitting in the fridge, along with eggs, cream, and walnuts. And, then, well who doesn't have salt and pepper hanging around?
So I made the recipe. Combine the pumpkin, eggs, cream, salt & pepper and whirl it about in the blender. Pour into ramekins, and dot with cheese, sprinkle the walnuts on top. What could possibly be easier?
It baked, it cooled to room temperature, I took my blog photo, and we ate it. Well? It was good, I'm happy I made it. Skeptic no longer. Now you can all say, "I told you so!" Because you did. And you were right. Lesson: Probably best not to doubt Dorie.
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