Monday, September 07, 2009

Fast Food the Gordon Ramsay Way

Fast food doesn't have to be greasy take-out. You can use fresh, quality ingredients and make a delicious dish in a short amount of time.

That's the idea behind Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food cookbook. Yes, we're all busy, and although these recipes do take a little bit of time, they are relatively simple and don't require a ton of ingredients or hours of slaving to make a special meal.

This salad was really good. Green Bean, Red Onion & Romano Salad took maybe 10-15 minutes to make.

Now, who doesn't have 10-15 minutes to make a delicious side dish?

For our main dish, I made this -

Tomato & Pesto Tart. OMG! This was so freakin' delicious, I made another one a few days later.

The crust is made with frozen puff pastry which is topped with pesto, cherry tomatoes, green onions, some herbs and grated Parmesan cheese. YUM!

Doesn't it look absolutely, mouth-wateringly delicious?

We pulled out this bottle of wine. I'd been saving it for a special dinner and Jim & I home together on a lazy evening seemed special enough. Brunello di Montalcino (or just called Brunello for short) is a wonderfully delicious wine from the Tuscany region in Italy. Made from a Sangiovese clone, this is considered one of the best wines that Italy produces.

Since peaches & nectarines are everywhere right now, this seemed like a logical choice.

Roasting them softens the fruit and produces a delicious flavour.

Once topped with the amaretti cream and sprinkled with crushed amaretto cookies, these went to a whole new level. Simple, yet quite gourmet.

With everything ready before I started, and a thorough read of the recipes, this kitchen adventure in fast food proved to be a resounding success!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I love Gordon Ramsay!! Awesome dishes.

Catherine Weber said...

WOW! Yum. Everything looks amazing! We definitely don't eat enough "fancy fruit" at my house!

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

That tart looks awesome!! I love Gordon Ramsay despite (read: because of) his filthy mouth... hehehe

Tracy said...

Oh my Carrie..that tart would be something that I would definitely eat. But I'll tell you something you likely won't believe: I've never eaten pesto. Never. I'm afraid to sacrifice all my precious basil for something which I'm told is something you either love passionately or hate with an equal passion. I'm afraid that I'll hate it. I'm a culinary coward....

Christo Gonzales said...

these look great - and healthy - I like Gordon Ramsay

aTxVegn said...

That tomato tart looks heavenly! I didn't know Chef Ramsay had done this cookbook. I'm sure there are plenty more great recipes for you to try.

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Veggie said...

is that wine still available at the lcbo? i'd like to try it.

the nectarines look incredibly tasty too.