I was recently asked what is my guilty pleasure. Ummm, excuse me? My food guilty pleasure. Oh, ok. That’s easy. Pizza. I will eat pizza anytime, anywhere. If the question is pizza, the answer is always yes, please. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC is a pizza joint. Granted, it’s a nice pizza joint with a very extensive wine list, but a pizza joint nonetheless. It’s not just Neapolitan pizza that I love either. I’m open to other cultures versions of pizza too. One of my early posts here on LWA was the lahmucan, a Moroccan flatbread made with beef or lamb and spices. I’ve also tried a zucchini crust pizza (delicious!) and the cauliflower crust pizza (meh). So basically, it’s anything baked on a crust in a screaming hot oven.
You know how it is. You’re on the web and you start clicking here and there and suddenly you look around and wonder where you are and how you got there. That’s sort of what happened with the flammkuchen. I really have no idea how I stumbled upon it, but boy, am I glad I did. The more I read, the more I liked. A flammkuchen is lardons (bacon), thinly sliced onions that have been caramelized, gruyére cheese and créme fraîche on a rectangular dough. Legend has it that they were originally made to test the heat of the wood-fired ovens. That’s a test I can get behind. The taste is that of french onion soup, from the caramelized onions and gruyére and a bacon sandwich. Both are winners in my book.
- If you cannot find créme fraîche in your store, here are a few substitutions.
- My favorite pizza joint in NYC is Otto. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you ever find yourself in NYC, you must go there.
- In case you’re wondering, my non-food guilty pleasure is historical fiction, specifically 14th and 17th century Scotland. Some of my favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Monica McCarty, Sharon Kay Penman, Tracy Brogan, Laura Kinsale, Tessa Dare, Laura Vosika and Kate Quinn (not Scotland, but Renaissance Rome).