Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What’s Cooking Wednesday – Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts

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This is hands down one of my favorite Ina Garten recipes. I found it in an issue of HOUSE BEAUTIFUL. I assumed I could find goat cheese in the supermarket but had to go to a cheese store.

There is a fantastic shop by Campo de Fiori where farmers bring their cheese. The goat cheese in this place is outstanding. I couldn't find any with the herbs Ina talks about, but plain, fresh goat cheese is fine.

1 package (17.3 ounces/2 sheets) puff pastry, defrosted
Good olive oil
4 cups thinly sliced yellow onions (2 large onions)
3 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons dry white wine
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus 2 ounces shaved with a vegetable peeler
4 ounces garlic-and-herb goat cheese (recommended: Montrachet)
1 large tomato, cut into 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
3 tablespoons julienned basil leaves

Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly to an 11 by 11-inch square. Using a 6-inch wide saucer or other round object as a guide, cut 2 circles from the sheet of puff pastry, discarding the scraps. Repeat with the second pastry sheet to make 4 circles in all. Place the pastry circles on 2 sheet pans lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic. Saute 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 browned. Remove from the heat.

Using a sharp paring knife, score a 1/4-inch-wide border around each pastry circle. Prick the pastry inside the score lines with the tines of a fork and sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.

Place 1/4 of the onion mixture on each circle, again staying within the scored edge. 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.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. The bottom sheet pan may need an extra few minutes in the oven. Serve hot or warm.

This tart with simple green salad and a nice crispy wine is a perfect light lunch. My tart looks busted but is was sooooooo good.


Ciao Chow Linda said...

This sounds easy to make and yummy too. Any excuse to go to the campo de fiori is fine with me.

Kim B. said...

that looks soooooo good. DARNIT for me not having an oven!!!!!

Moscerina said...

Lovely! Wish you were in my kitchen

J.Doe said...

That looks so good! (and it doesn't look busted in that picture)

Lola said...

I happen to have all the ingredients (my goat cheese is not Montrachet, though), so I think I'll go in the kitchen and bake me some right away. What a great recipe. Thank you for sharing it. Ciao

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

ccl - it is so yummy

kimb - you don't have an oven? Zut allors!

moscerina - I wish I was in your kitchen too. You last one had great counter space.

j. doe - thanks, you are too sweet.

lola - I always keep puff pastry in my freezer now. It forces me to come up ways to use it. Not a bad challenge.

glamah16 said...

I bet it was good.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

glamah16 - yes it was.