I must own up to a total fondness for these sorts of little fried bites.  Mozzarella sticks, zucchini sticks and almost anything that even comes close to resembling a meat ball and I am all over it.  Light and airy, crispy and crunchy and loaded with flavor.  These croquettes are simple to make, they go together in a snap and can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator, ready to fry up when you want them.  They are great with a salad for a light lunch or early supper and are just the thing for afternoon snacking.  And for those of you so inclined, they make spectacular cocktail fair.  They are great straight out of the fryer but are just as good cold.  I have to admit that late last night I was having a hunger attack in the middle of the night.  A few of these wrapped in a lettuce leaf with a bit of aoili and some sliced avocado.  What a simple and super indulgent midnight snack.  While they are delicious on their own, a any nice dipping sauce, a hearty marinara or zesty mayonnaise is great, even plain sour cream is a good alternative.   A thick bechamel with a hint of tomato flavor and lots of freshly ground pepper bind the tender ground chicken and the bread crumbs give the outside a crisp crust that gently gives away to the creamy, moist interior.  Definitely a winner.

Tarte Tatin is one of those eternal dishes.  Everyone knows about it and I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like it.  All the stories of how the demoiselles Tatin created it for the hungry patrons of their restaurant in France have become the stuff of legend and endless debate as to whether or not they actually did invent it.  All of that doesn’t matter when you get your first whiff of the tender baked apples and rich caramel sauce and the butter crust as it emerges from the oven, ready to be tipped onto a serving plate and dug into.

This is definitely a dish that relies on the highest quality ingredients being that there are so few ingredients in it.  The apples need to be crisp and tart, the butter of the highest quality and extreme care must be given to each simple step in order for the dish to be at it’s best. It is simple to make and always a pleasure to eat so definitely take the extra time to make it properly.

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