November 13, 2010

Comté and Pepper Pasties and a Competition

I’ve often been lucky when entering competitions. Over the past few years, I have won all sorts of things from items of clothing to sun cream or bags. Why am I so lucky? Maybe because I enter quite a lot of competitions. What I love is when I have completely forgotten that I had entered one and that I receive something in the post, totally unexpectedly. I recently entered a food blogging competition: the first one I ever gave a try at. And guess what? My recipe has been selected! How glad I was when I found out! :) I haven’t won the big prize (yet), but you might be able to help me with that. Let me tell you a bit more about it.

The competition was organised by the Facebook page ‘I Love Comté’. Do you know Comte? I’m sure that if you’re French, you do, but if not, this is a French cheese. Comté is part of the gruyere family and is mainly produced in the East of France in Franche-Comté. 10 bloggers took part in the selection of recipes for this competition. You could submit your recipe, that had to include some Comté cheese in it, to one of this 10 blogs. The 10 bloggers have then each selected 5 recipes (this is when mine has been selected). The result is 50 recipes that you can see on the Facebook page ‘I Love Comté’.

Now, you have until 24 November to vote for the recipe you like. The more votes a recipe gets, the bigger the prize. Every person whose recipe is part of this selection of 50 recipes will get a prize anyway :) (lots of cheese, yummy!).

If you would like to vote for my recipe, here is how to do it. It is not very straightforward, but if you follow these steps, it should be easy:
  • • Go to the Facebook page I Love Comté by clicking here;
  • • ‘Like’ the Facebook page by clicking on the ‘Like’ button next to the title;
  • • Scroll down on the page, and on the left inside, under the Photo section, click on the album ‘Les recettes du concours’ ;
  • • My recipe is on the 2nd row of the album, 4th picture, called ‘Chaussons Comte-Poivron’;
  • • Click on my recipe;
  • • Scroll down the page, and at the bottom, you can click on the ‘Like’ button;
  • • Your vote is complete! Thank you!!!

    I got my inspiration for the recipe from a traditional dish from Cornwall: the Cornish Pasty. Traditional pasties are stuffed with beef, potatoes and carrots, but why not try it with Comté and peppers after all?
  • I hope you’ll like it.

    Comté Cheese and Pepper Pasties – makes 4 pasties

  • • 250g puff pastry
  • • 175g Comté cheese, cut in thin slices
  • • 1 red pepper, cut in thin strips
  • • 1 yellow pepper, cut in thin strips
  • • A few drops of Tabasco
  • • Salt, pepper
  • • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1. Preheat the oven on 180°C.
  • 2. Make 4 balls with the pastry and roll them out in 20cm-wide circles.
  • 3. Spread the Comté slices and pepper strips on one side of the pastry circles. Season with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Fold the other pastry half on top of the filling and turn the edges over so that the pasties are well sealed.
  • 4. Brush the pasties with the beaten egg. Put them on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 35-40min until golden. Serve with a green salad.

    Chaussons Comté-Poivron – pour 4 chaussons

    • 250g de pâte feuilletée
  • • 175g de comté, coupé en fine lamelles
  • • 1 poivron rouge, coupé en fines lanières
  • • 1 poivron jaune, coupé en fines lanières
  • • Quelques gouttes de Tabasco
  • • Sel, poivre
  • • 1 œuf, battu

  • 1. Préchauffer le four à 180°C.
  • 2. Faire 4 boules avec la pâte feuilletée, et les étaler au rouleau à pâtisserie pour obtenir 4 ronds d’environ 20cm de diamètre.
  • 3. Répartir les lamelles de Comté et de poivrons, sur chaque moitié de cercle. Assaisonner avec un peu de sel, poivre et Tabasco. Replier l’autre moitié sur la garniture et faire un petit bourrelet en pinçant la pâte de façon à bien sceller les chaussons.
  • 4. Dorer les chaussons à l’œuf battu avec un pinceau. Enfourner pour 35-40min, jusqu’à ce que les chaussons soient bien dorés. Servir avec une salade verte.
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