Season 8 Recipes: Astonishing Baja/

Budin of Local Vegetables and Mexican Crema

Budin de Verduras y Crema
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From Season 8,  Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 6
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Ingredients

  • 1head cauliflower, preferably romanesco, florets removed from the stalk and broken into small pieces (you’ll need 2 1/2 cups)
  • 12ounces baby patty pan squash, halved and thinly sliced (you’ll need 3 cups)
  • 1medium fennel bulb, sliced very thin (you’ll need 1 cup)
  • 1 small white onion or 4 shallots, sliced paper thin
  • 6squash blossoms, cleaned (pistels and stamens removed) and thinly sliced
  • 1/2cup (loosely packed) chopped fresh cilantro (thick bottom stems removed)
  • 1cupMexican crema, crème fraiche or heavy cream
  • 1medium (8 ounces) baking potato, peeled, shredded and squeezed dry
  • Salt
  • 3tablespoons olive oil
  • 3cups fresh bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Prepare and bake the budins. Turn on the oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, scoop in the florets and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain and let cool. In a large bowl, mix together the patty pans, fennel, onion, squash blossoms, cilantro and crema. Add the cauliflower, grated potato, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and mix well. Fill six 8-ounce ramekins and arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet . Bake for 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  2. Make the crumb topping. While the budins are baking, heat the oil in a large (10-inch) skillet over medium. Once hot, add the bread crumbs and stir until crisp and brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Finish the budins. Remove the ramekins from the oven and sprinkle on the shredded cheese. Return to the oven and continue baking until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Top with the crispy bread crumbs. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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