Tourte milanese

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Puff pastry
1 tablespoon Oil
1 tablespoon Butter
1 pounds Fresh spinach*
5 \N Eggs
2 teaspoons Chopped chives
2 teaspoons Chopped parsley
1 teaspoon Chopped fresh tarragon*
\N \N Salt
2 \N Garlic cloves; minced
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg (or more)
\N \N Salt & freshly ground pepper
2 \N Lg red peppers*
2 tablespoons Butter
8 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
8 ounces Ham, thinly sliced
1 \N Egg; beaten


*Note: Spinach should be blanched first, then well drained. Red peppers

should be cut into 1" pieces and blanched.

Lightly grease 8-inch springform pan. Roll out ¾ pastry ¼" thick and line bottom and sides of pan. Keep remaining pastry refrigerated. Heat oil and butter in large skillet. Add spinach and garlic and saute' 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Remove from skillet. Add red peppers to skillet and saute' briefly. Remove from heat and set aside.

For omelets: Lightly beat eggs, herbs and salt to taste. In 7- to 8-inch skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and shake so butter coats bottom evenly. Pour in ½ egg mixture and stir briefly. As eggs start to set, lift edges so liquid can run under.

When eggs are completely set, and top of omelet is no longer moist, shake pan and slide omelet onto warm plate. Repeat with remaining butter and egg mixture.

To assemble: Position rack in lower ⅓ of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Layer ingredients in prepared pan in following order: 1 omelet, ½ spinach, ½ cheese, ½ ham, and all red peppers.

Repeat layering in reverse order, using remaining ingredients. Roll remaining pastry ¼" thick. Cut out 8-inch circle. Place over omelet and seal well to pastry lining by pinching with fingers. With tip of knife, draw number of slices desired directly on pastry, or decorate with scraps of pastry. Brush with beaten egg. Place pan on baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 70 to 75 minutes.

Cool slightly. Release from pan and serve tourte warm, slicing with sharp, thin knife.

From: Bon Appetit, RSVP column. Michel Richard restaurant, Los Angeles, Calif.

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