Friday, May 15, 2015

Katherine Heigl As Domestic Goddess?

Katherine Heigl was on Today this week cooking with Hoda and Katheeee Leeee. I didn’t get too involved in all the tales of her fractured relationships when she left Grey’s Anatomy. In fact, I think it was around the time she left that I stopped watching. In one episode, there was an incredibly graphic scene of a guy with a telephone pole or metal rod or something EMBEDDED IN HIS CHEST! Yup! It went in one side and out the other. I turned off the television at that moment, hesitant to ever watch Grey's again. I loved the soap opera-y aspects of the show, but not the ghoulish, gratuitous, gross “realistic” (as if) scenes in the operating rooms.

Anyhoo, Katherine Heigl appeared on The Today Show shortly after her new show was not picked up, so that must have been a bit of a downer. But State of Affairs was never mentioned and she gamely went on with the segment. Why am I telling you about this? Well, firstly, I thought it was interesting to watch someone, who must have been just recently supremely disappointed, act as if she weren’t. (THAT’S excellent acting.) AND, secondly, Katheeeeeeeeee Leeeeeeeeee RAVED about this recipe when she first tasted it and then gave it kudos AGAIN later in the show. I’m not sure what the cheese-challenged Hoda thought of it, but I liked its simplicity and freshness.  The possibly inebriated hosts also suggested that Heigl write a cookbook. She said she'd love to.

So here’s my version of Katherine Heigl’s recipe. Her quantities were a bit inconvenient. (Who uses a pound AND A HALF of pasta?) And I rarely use the full amount of olive oil in any recipe (or butter if it’s Ina’s). I don’t know exactly WHY this was so good, but it was better than good. I will never NOT make this when I have fresh summertime tomatoes and basil. In other words, I plan to make it a standard dish in my kitchen.

Some notes:
Make sure you cook the pasta to al dente and not more. When you have the leftovers the next day, you don’t want the pasta to be soggy.

If I had had parsley in the house, I would have added it with the basil, just to add to the freshness. And, whichever herbs I was using, I should have reserved some to sprinkle over the top.

I really do recommend taking the time to remove the center stalk of the garlic because you’re serving it raw AND it’s sitting in the dish for quite a while. It definitely removes some of the bitter, strong, indigestible aspects of the garlic.

Next time, I’ll use better brie.

And I’ll buy it in wedges to make up to three quarters to a pound of cheese.

I didn’t measure the pepper. I just ground enough to basically cover the top layer of tomatoes. Can you see it here?

Katherine Heigl's Brie Tomato Pasta with my quantities and a few changes (serves 3 nicely)

Printable recipe here.

12 to 16 oz. Brie
3 garlic cloves
5 ripe tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch cubes
1 bunch of basil, cut into thin strips (I had a big bunch, so it was 1½ cups of loosely packed basil, but don’t stress – one bunch of any size is good.)
1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped (Reserve a tablespoon or so to sprinkle over the final dish.)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 lb. spaghetti

Freeze the brie for about 20 minutes. This makes it a brieeze (get it?) to remove the skin and get a nice, clean dice without the cheese melting all over the knife. Peel garlic cloves and remove center stalks. Put remaining garlic through a garlic press and add to a large glass bowl.

To the garlic, add brie, tomatoes, basil, parsley, olive oil and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Let sit at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours at room temperature.


Cook pasta to just al dente. Strain and toss into bowl with brie and tomatoes. Make sure to get all the ingredients at the bottom of the bowl fully mixed in. Serve immediately.


So could Katherine Heigl be the next domestic goddess? There's no disputing that she's a goddess. She IS truly stunning, but does one fine recipe make her a DOMESTIC goddess? I’m going to say possibly, because I imagine there are more recipes where this one came from.


The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Well didn't Nigella write a book called How To Be A Domestic Goddess? Perhaps she read it.

I'm not sure I ever saw brie and pasta before unless someone was maing some sort of fancy mac and cheese. I am intrigued.

Sue said...

Hi Rach!

Yup, I was definitely thinking of Nigella's Domestic Goddessness as I was watching KH's blonde version.

It does sound weird to have Brie with pasta, and, yet, it worked. Maybe we should think of it as French Mediterranean instead of Italian Mediterranean and then it works.

Vanda Calmeyer said...

Sounds like a great summer meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will give it a try.

Anonymous said...

This is very much like a recipe a friend who was in the Peace Corps in Africa told me about. Instead of brie he used Laughing Cow cheese because it's shelf-stable.

I haven't seen Ms. Heigl on TV or in movies. There was a very interesting profile of her in the New Yorker a few years ago, though, and she appears to be smart and realistic about the management of her career.

Sue said...

Hi Vanda!
I promise you you'll like it.

Hey Tom!!
That's hilarious to use Laughing Cow. I guess we do what we have to with what we've got.

I think Heigl's difficult reputation has probably really hurt her acting career. I can't help thinking, though, that if she had been a man, she would have been given a much bigger pass.