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Savory Tart Recipe?

JonH Dec 20, 2007 04:09 AM

I have a couple of pie crusts in the freezer and I am looking to fill them. I am looking for something like a goat cheese tart with bacon, pancetta, or the like. Very flexible as to the filling, but not too eggy as my wife is not a fan of quiche like dishes. Looking for something tried and loved. Anyone have a nice recipe they would like to share? Thanks!

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    WINDELLA Dec 24, 2007 09:35 PM

    I made up this recipe and got great reviews.Saute mushrooms,oions,garlic in olive oil and butter,Season with salt,pepper,thyme.Cool.Spread crusts with vegetable-cream cheese (it's sold in small containers already combined in the cheese section at the grocery stores.Spread mushrooms over cheese.Gather up edges of crust gallete style.Bake 375 deg until crust is golden brown.

    1. leanneabe Dec 21, 2007 08:55 AM

      Make this one!

      The recipe uses a cornmeal crust (which is lovely), but you could easily just use your crusts. The carmelized onions get sweet, the goat cheese balances it, and the bacon adds some bite and also, you know, bacony-goodness. I've been known to eat it for dinner with a salad and then also for breakfast the next morning!

      1. Tom P Dec 21, 2007 07:41 AM

        This is a wonderful savory tart/pie that is not ‘quiche-y’ at all (also no eggs). It is from Edna Lewis. I have made it a few times and people love it. It is very easy.


        1 lb thin asparagus, trimmed
        3 bunches scallions
        3 T unsalted butter
        3 T flour
        1 cup milk
        1 cup heavy cream
        black pepper

        - Preheat oven to 425.
        - Blanch both asparagus and scallions separately in boiling water, then chill in ice water bath. (It is your choice whether to have them long and full sized in the pie or cut into 1 inch pieces. In pieces is easier to eat, but the pie looks beautiful and still tastes great with them long.)
        - Make a cream sauce: melt butter in saucepan, add flour, and cook over low heat, stirring. Remove from heat. Add the milk, a little at a time, followed by the cream, whisking as you go to make smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Add salt, black pepper and three gratings (or a few pinches) of nutmeg. Set aside to cool.
        - Line bottom of 9 inch pie pan with pie dough. Arrange scallions and asparagus in pan. Pour cream sauce over, then layer with a second pie dough. Tap dough all around and trim the edge, crimping and pressing with a fork. Cut 6 slits in the top layer for steam to escape.
        - Bake 15 minutes until pastry begins to puff and color, then turn oven down for 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

        I often serve this as an appetizer. You can pre-make it in the afternoon.

        1. toodie jane Dec 20, 2007 09:21 PM

          How about making a chipoltle smoked salmon in seasoned creamcheese base and finishing with a drizzle of sour cream and sprinkling of chopped chives?

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            julesrules Dec 20, 2007 09:27 AM

            This is wonderful, and no eggs at all!


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            1. re: julesrules
              JonH Dec 20, 2007 01:33 PM

              Looks yummy and easy. I'll give it a try. Thanks.

              1. re: julesrules
                JonH Dec 24, 2007 09:32 AM

                I made this recipe but made a few changes. I added a big bunch of fresh thyme in with the onions while they were cooking. I put a dollop of tomato paste in with the onions just before the balsamic vinegar and let the tomato paste carmelize. I also mixed some parm and cheddar cheese in with the gruyere because I didn't have enough gruyere. I'll let you all know how it turns out.

                1. re: JonH
                  JonH Dec 24, 2007 12:11 PM

                  The tart came out great. We ate it at room temperature, but I think it might have been slightly better warm. Either way, it was a tasty recipe and very easy.

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