One Dish Dinners

Easy Creamy Flan Recipe

Sharing about one of my favorite new cookbooks today. You may remember me mentioning Pam Anderson and one of her cookbooks, Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great. Pam’s newest cookbook, Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need For Easy Get-Togethers is now on the shelves ready to make taste buds all across the land dance with joy.

What I like about Pam’s recipes in all of her books, is that they are approachable, tested, tried, and true. And Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need For Easy Get-Togethers is no exception. The recipes that Pam offers in this cookbook enable you to get a scrumptious meal for a group going, and still have time to primp, wash the dog or hide all the unfolded clothes in your closet before company arrives. And even better, Pam pairs appetizers, salads, desserts, and even wine suggestions with each main dish recipe. How cool is that?

Yesterday, for our Sunday dinner, I tried the Rioja Beef, with Chickpeas, Peppers, and Saffron. And I’m glad I did.

It was tempting me, and no wonder. Who could pass up a rich beef stew, accented with a combination of savory seasonings, and colorful peppers? Seriously yum. And seriously simple. Seriously.

As an appetizer we had the Sautéed Chorizo Bites with Sweet and Sour Fig Sauce.  A tad bit of improvisation was called for since I didn’t purchase the dried chorizo (which Pam clearly noted), but instead the refrigerated kind. That didn’t work so well. It kinda fell apart and is now waiting to be used in another dish. But all was not lost! I was able to sauté regular smoked sausage in the chorizo renderings.

It was a tasty bite that didn’t last long around here.

On to the dessert … I have to ooh and ahh and little here, so please forgive me. The recommended sweet ending to this meal was a Creamy Flan Recipe. Before yesterday, I’d never made flan before. And I have to admit, I was more than a little apprehensive that the flan would flop. And floppy flan is no good.

Creamy Flan Recipe

But it worked. I can’t believe it. I can make flan that actually looks like flan, and tastes like flan. And you can too! Seriously, Pam’s recipes are solid. So if you plan a bunch of get-togethers or are looking for a great cookbook to give as a gift be sure to check out Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need For Easy Get-Togethers. I think you’ll be happy you did.

You’ll find the full flan recipe right here: Easy Creamy Flan Recipe

Creamy Flan Recipe

To take a peek at some other recipes from Pam’s book check out these links…

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  1. 1

    Wenderly says

    Yummy! I’ve never made flan either, but I think the time has come! Yep,flan happy time it is!

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    That flan looks amazing! So simple yet beautifully complex and delicious. This cookbook sounds perfect for me 😀

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    Hi Amy, beautiful pictures. I haven’t even had a minute to go through Pam’s book yet, but I cannot wait! Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe. I have a delicious orange flan recipe in my book that I love to make with Mexican food. xo

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    Okay, I can’t wait to get Pam’s book. I really can’t! But the thing that blew me away this morning were your photos! Wow, girlie! I don’t even like flan and you made it look pretty darn good.

    I wish I could just hang out in your kitchen with you for a day! Just one day.

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    SMITH BITES says

    I’ve made flan a couple of times and absolutely LOVE it – yours looks PERFECT!!

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    How interesting to use cream cheese in the flan. I bet that makes it even smoother and creamier. Nothing worse than too many air bubbles in a flan to mar its texture.

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    Amber says

    I can happily tell you that IS what flan is supposed to look like! Hurray, you can make flan!

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    Everything looks wonderful! I’ve always been a little bit afraid of flan – I’ll have to give it a try now!

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    Paula - bell'alimento says

    That foto Amy, WOW it’s fantastic! The color just jumps off the page. Beautiful! xoxo

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    Oh, EVERYTHING looks wonderful!!! Flan always reminds me of high school. I was in Spanish Honors Society (yeah, I was a total NERD) and there was some city-wide Spanish contest….for nerds, I guess. I entered the cooking contest…with flan…and won a prize. It’s the only time I’ve ever made or eaten flan. I think over 20 years later, I’ll give it another try!

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    That picture looks absolutely perfect, Amy. Perfect, just like the cookbook. Not a recipe I’ve tried that I haven’t loved.

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    I would love some of that flan right this moment! :) I made the Rioja Beef this weekend and it was awesome. I loved the addition of the orange. :)

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    Jennifer says

    This flan looks perfect! I made flan many times and doesn’t look beautiful as this. One problem I have is the little small holes.

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    Mary says

    The flan looks delicious. I am going to make it soon. But have a question…it looks like there is a sauce on it but there is no mention of it or how to make it. Would you please tell me what it is and how to make it. Thank you.

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      Hello Mary!

      That “sauce” is created when in the bottom of the flan. No extra steps necessary. The beauty of the flan!

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    Ellen says

    Just wanted to know what size ramekin you used and how many did the recipe make. Can’t wait to try the recipe.

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    Norma says

    This is a very good and easy recipe, I make flan all the time and my recipe is a little bit different. The key is getting the caramel right, if it’s too light it will come out too sweet and if it’s too dark that means you’ve burned it and it will be too bitter. So you have to make sure you get that perfect golden caramel color. I do use this recipe when I make Chocoflan and it’s delicious. .

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