Crème Brûlée is not merely a sweet custard with a caramelized sugar topping. It can be an extraordinary savory dish that is served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here are some ways to make savory Crème Brûlée you and your family or friends will enjoy.
ROASTED GARLIC CREME BRULEE
Cut off the flat end of 2 or 3 heads of garlic and separate the whole cloves, leaving the “skin” intact. Trim so head will sit flat. Place the garlic heads, cut side down, on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Drizzle lightly with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Fold the foil into a packet and bake at 350 for 1 hour and then allow to cool. When garlic is cool enough to handle, gently squeeze the pulp from each clove. Reduce the sugar to 1 tablespoon, omit the vanilla, add 1 teaspoon salt and the garlic pulp to the custard mixture. Place custard mixture in the blender and process until smooth. Continue as directed in the basic recipe, baking 40 minutes.
ONION CREME BRULEE
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over low heat and add 1 cup coarsely chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes or until completely caramelized. Reduce sugar to 1 tablespoon, omit the vanilla and add 1 scant teaspoon salt and then the onions to the custard mixture. Process in an electric blender until smooth. Proceed with the basic recipe, baking for 50 minutes.
ROQUEFORT and BLACK PEPPER CREME BRULEE
Reduce sugar to 1 tablespoon, omit the vanilla and add 1/4 cup Roquefort cheese and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to the custard mixture. Blend in an electric blender until smooth. Proceed with the basic recipe, baking for 45 minutes.