No, I didn't say that! It's from one of the best guest stars ever on "Friends", Jon Lovitz! In Season 1's "The One With the Stoned Guy", he played a guy named Steve who came to the apartment to interview Monica for a restaurant job. However, as Phoebe reported, he got stoned in the cab on the way over and was just a rude mess. A corn-envelope eating, Sugar-Os throwing, Gummi-Bear stealing mess. Poor Monica's big opportunity was lost because of drugs. See? Johnny Dakota was right: "There's no hope with dope!"*
Luckily for us, his erratic behavior made for some great TV. Jon Lovitz is one of those actors with the ability to turn a stupid line into an absolute instant classic. My favorite line reading of his (in this episode, at least; his reappearance in Season 9's "The One With the Blind Dates" provides stiff competition*) inspired this post's subject: regarding Monica's Onion Tartlets. For the past what, 15 years, every time I hear the word tartlet, or even tart, I react in this same way. I can't help it! Watch and be awed:
To make the little tartlet shells, I stole a recipe from this really cool blogger over at HelloGiggles and I don't even feel bad about it. I'm taking her method too -- you use the bottom part of your muffin tin (the smaller your muffin cups, the better for this!) to form your dough into cups! It's genius! So, we're going to make and semi-bake the little tartlet pie cups first, then fill them with the eggy mixture and bake again. Be careful that your crusts don't burn (like some of mine did) as it takes a long time for the filling to cook. It might help to cover your pie edges with tin foil to prevent burning (I never do this because I love burnt edges). Weirdly, the uncooked filling tastes just like egg salad. I was always disgusted by egg salad, but the stuff without any actual eggs is pretty rad. Let's make some tartlets! Hehe tartlets!
For the tartlet pie cups
For the filling
*Do you know who Johnny Dakota is?!?!