Asher Blue Cheese Flan

Asher Blue Cheese Flan with Blackberries and Caramelized Honey
Asher Blue Cheese Flan with Blackberries and Caramelized Honey

Chef Mark Lietzke

Asher Blue Cheese Flan with Blackberries and Caramelized Honey

This distinctive variation on a traditional flan is the brainchild of Chef Mark Lietzke, the Executive Chef of the Country Club of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It makes great use of Sweet Grass Dairy’s incredible Asher Blue cheese.

The Asher Blue Cheese Flan was originally served on top a wood-grilled rib eye steak and paired with a Donna Laura Ali Sangiovese di Toscana wine, but it is flavorful enough to enjoy on its own.

8
Servings
369
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Any blue cheese can be used, but we recommend Asher Blue for ideal flavor.

Ingredients

Blackberry Preparation

  • 2  Cups  Blackberries
  • Orange Zest
  • 1  Tablespoon  Sugar

Honey Caramelization

  • 1  Pound  Local Honey
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  Lemon Juice
  • 1  Tablespoon  Water

Flan Completion

  • 1  Cup  Blue Cheese (preferably Asher Blue, if available)
  • 1  Tablespoon  Sugar
  • 1  Pinch of  Salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  Vanilla
  • Eggs

Ingredients

2 C BLACKBERRIES

1 EA ORANGE ZEST

1 T SUGAR

1 LB LOCAL HONEY

1 T WATER

½ t LEMON JUICE

3 C HEAVY CREAM

1 C BLUE CHEESE

8 EGG

1 T SUGAR

PINCH SALT

1 t VANILLA
 

Directions

Blackberry Preparation

RINSE BERRIES AND PAT DRY. MIX WITH ORANGE ZEST AND SUGAR. RESERVE.

Honey Caramelization

MIX THE HONEY, WATER AND LEMON JUICE IN A SAUCE PAN.

HEAT TO A SIMMER, STIRRING CONSTANTLY. THE HONEY WILL BEGIN TO CARAMELIZE AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

ONCE CARAMELIZED, SPOON CARAMELIZED HONEY INTO 8 INDIVIDUAL 8-OZ SERVING DISHES.

Flan Completion

IN A DOUBLE BOILER, HEAT CREAM TO 180. STIR IN BLUE CHEESE AND CONTINUE COOKING UNTIL DISSOLVED.

IN A SEPARATE BOWL WHISK TOGETHER THE EGGS, SUGAR, SALT AND VANILLA. TEMPER EGG BY ADDING A LITTLE OF THE HEATED CREAM MIXTURE TO THE EGGS.

ADD EGG AND CREAM MIXTURE BACK TO THE CREAM AND BLUE CHEESE.

REMOVE FROM HEAT AND PORTION INTO THE INDIVIDUAL SERVING DISHES ON TOP OF THE CARAMELIZED HONEY.

PLACE DISHES INTO A HIGH-SIDED BAKING PAN. FILL WITH WATER A QUARTER OF THE WAY UP THE SIDE OF DISHES.

BAKE AT 300 FOR 45 MINUTES OR UNTIL A KNIFE COMES OUT CLEAN.

CHILL THE FLANS. WHEN SET AND READY TO SERVE, SLIGHTLY WARM THE BOTTOM OF THE FLAN AND RUN A KNIFE AROUND THE EDGES.

INVERT ONTO SERVING PLATES. GARNISH WITH THE BLACKBERRIES.

MAKES 8 7-OUNCE SERVINGS.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
31g
34%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
53g
41%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
17mg
2%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
6mg
2%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
39mg
6%
Sodium, Na
322mg
21%
Water
63g
2%

Blue Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Blue Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.