French Fridays with Dorie: Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flans

November 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Posted in french fridays w dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 9 Comments

pumpkin-gorgonzola flan

This French Fridays with Dorie recipe isn’t a dessert flan with caramel, but a savory custard with blue cheese and walnuts.  The pumpkin flan base comes together in snap thanks to canned pumpkin and the food processor.  I think I was a little aggressive with the whizzing up…my flans looked like I had some tiny air bubbles trapped below the surface.  No matter, they still tasted great, and baking them in a water bath ensured a creamy, soft texture.  I know I usually think of pie when I think of pumpkin, but really, it’s just squash and goes wonderfully with cheese and nuts.  Add a spinach salad, a piece of baguette and maybe a glass of wine, and you have dinner!

For the recipe, see Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out my fellow francophiles’ posts (not all of us are doing flan this week)!


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  1. I like how your flans look like there’s an awesome, awesome top layer of baked cheese on it. Great post!

  2. Your flan is lovely. I would have never put these ingredients together except for this recipe…and I must say I enjoyed this dish. Not only tasty but beautiful.

  3. Okay, okay, okay…I will make it despite my reservations of blue cheese and pumpkin being in the marrying sort of way…they just don’t sound like they belong together. I’m trusting you on this…you and that photo that does look very nice.

  4. i love how your blue ramekin brings out the blue in the gorgonzola…great photo!

  5. Im so happy to here another good review on these flans..It’s been about 50 50 today…Im excited to see if I like it! I made the PG and let me tell you it’s cheesy and so so good! I love this new cookbook, don’t you! Im using my new Dutch oven like craZy!!
    Your flans look perfect!

  6. Love, love, love your photo!

  7. This looks fantastic! 🙂 Glad you liked it!

  8. I am a huge fan of the sweet kind but have never had a savory flan. This looks like a must try.

  9. OK, you’ve convinced me. I NEED Dorie’s cookbook… These look out of this world!!

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