Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tomato and goat cheese tarts

{Photo credit: House Beautiful}

I found this recipe on House Beautiful's website and am adding it to the list to make over the Easter weekend. I love tarts...and goat cheese and tomatoes, so basically this recipe couldn't be more perfect. You can make it as a lunch/dinner sized portion or mini-tarts as an appetizer. I can't wait to try it! If you have any tart recipes to share please comment on this post or send me an email to eatdrinkpretty@gmail.com.

Barefood Contessa's Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts (Recipe from House Beautiful)

Makes 4 tarts

Ingredients

3 tablespoons good olive oil,plus more for brushing
4 cups thinly sliced yellow onions (2 large onions)
3 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons white wine
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme plus sprigs for garnish
1 package (17.3 ounces) puff pastry sheets, thawed overnight in the refrigerator. Use cold.
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4 ounces garlic & herb Montrachet goat cheese
1 large tomato, cut into 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
3 tablespoons julienned basil leaves
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are limp and there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the wine and thyme and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly

3. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly to an 11-by-11-inch square. Using a six-inch-wide saucer or other circular object as a guide, cut 2 (six-inch) circles from each sheet of puff pastry, discarding the scraps. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry.

4. Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, score a circle 1/2 inch inside the edge of each pastry. Prick the pastries all over with the tines of a fork and place them on the sheet pan. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.

5. Place 1/4 of the onion mixture on each circle, again staying within the scored edges. Crumble 1 ounce of goat cheese on top of the onions. Place a slice of tomato in the center of each tart. Brush the tomato lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper. Finally, scatter 4 or 5 shards of Parmesan on each tart. If the pastry is warm, chill for 15 minutes.

6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Garnish each with a sprig of thyme and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve warm.

2 comments:

  1. This is the kind of recipe I like to point people to when they say being a vegetarian is hard or means that you can't eat good things. I'd take a meal like this over a burger any day :)
    Putting this on my weekend 'to-make' list! Thanks Jenna!

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  2. yum, these tarts look amazing

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