Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Emeril's Cabbage Rolls and Chocolate Pecan Pie

Waiting for the hubby to cook my steak in the rain so thought I'd post up a couple of things from dinner last night. These cabbage rolls are yet another entry from the book "Emeril's Potluck" I got at the library a few weeks ago. I doubt I'd take them to a potluck, they're pretty messy! But worth it, I thought they were really yummy, I loved the sauce.
I found a link for the cabbage rolls here to save my lazy butt from having to type it out, heaven forbid! They are a bit labor intensive, but what else have you got to do?
When I was a kid my mom made a lot of pecan pies. I mean a LOT of pecan pies. Could have been because we had free pecans falling from the trees in our yard. They just never did it for me, but I've figured out why. There was no chocolate underneath it all. This recipe takes care of that!

Serves 8

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 2 teaspoons, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
  • 1 store-bought refrigerated pie crust (not in a pie plate) (I went ahead and used the kind in a pie plate, cause I'm a rebel)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pie dough to a 12-inch round, about an inch thick. Wrap dough around rolling pin, and unwrap over a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Press dough into bottom and up sides of pan; trim edge of dough.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, light corn syrup, 4 teaspoons melted butter, and the vanilla. Scatter chocolate evenly over tart shell. Pour filling over chocolate. Arrange pecans on top, as desired. Dot with 2 teaspoons chilled butter.
  3. Place tart pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until filling is set, 45 to 60 minutes. If pecans are browning too quickly, tent pan with foil. Remove from oven; while still hot, drizzle with bourbon, if desired. Let tart cool completely before serving.


Lara said...

Pecan pie is already one of my favorite desserts, but with chocolate it sounds out of this world.

♥peachkins♥ said...

Happy New Year!

Shari said...

Cabbage rolls are an old family favorite but Emeril's cabbage rolls!! Amazing! Thanks and Happy New Year!

Mya said...

Happy New Year Julie!

I've been noticing more pecans strategically placed. Very nice.

Kim said...

That pecan pie looks perfect! Look at all those perfectly arranged pecans. I love cabbage rolls too, specifically my mom's. I've never made them myself, but I believe you when you say they were labor intensive. I know they were worth it though.

The Blonde Duck said...

Pecan Pie is one of my most favorite things in the world.

Small House said...

Wow, I'm impressed. They both look wonderful! Anything Emril makes seems so hard to me. You are quite the cook.
Happy New Year.

Jenny said...

OOO i wanna try those rolls. it looks really goooooood.

have a great new year!!

Mara... said...

Looks fantastic! And what better way to improve on pecan pie than adding chocolate! YUM!!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

The pie sounds divine - one of my favorites yet I've never made one! Happy New Year!

Monica H said...

A while back our neighbors brought over a plate of stuffed cabbage rolls. Mr. H was out of town so they were all mine. They smelled SOOO good and I couldn't wait to eat them. Then I tasted them and they had absolutely NO flavor at all. I tried adding salt but it didn't help much. They were bland as could be...but smelled delicious :-)

Chocolate chip pecan pie is a pie I love to make and eat. so darn good.

Katy ~ said...

Point me in the direction of those cabbage rolls! Exceptional!

Anonymous said...

We always had Pecan Pie at our gatherings growing up. Ahhhh, nastalgia!