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Tomato Tart for Two (or more)

28 Aug

I have been like a little kid in the candy store lately.

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I literally cannot wait until Saturday mornings. My recent Saturday morning routine has been as follows:

I wake up at the crack of dawn (sans alarm) like a kid on Christmas morning. I sip on a cup of coffee while I map out my strategy for the farmer’s market (when you stop at the vendor with the plump juicy peaches and then continue on to the vendor with  your favorite 5 pound bag of potatoes which are placed on top of your peaches, you no longer have edible peaches…lesson learned the hard way). Next, I jump into the car as the butterflies build in my stomach…I’m almost there! As I make my way through the farmer’s market, my game face is on. I tend to do a once (or twice) over to figure out what I want to get. I begin drooling as I head from vendor to vendor looking at the fresh picked blueberries, the crisp red apples, the bountiful flowers, and the tomatoes! Oh, the tomatoes! I can’t take my eyes off of them! I giddily go up to each vendor, chat about the new crop, make my purchases, pick up some flowers with any cash leftover, and head home to unload the goods. I usually spend the better part of my weekend creating dreamy dishes with my #farmersmarketfinds.

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I ended up with a surplus of tomatoes this past week. Surprisingly, I went through them all and I need to restock this Saturday. That’s in part because of this delicious tomato tart I made over the weekend. This tart is three things:

1. Easy on the eyes.

2. Simple.

3. D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.

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This tart is the perfect example of using good quality ingredients to get a tasty result.

Tomato Tart for Two (or more)

Adapted from Taste of Home

Note: the portions listed below are for a 4×4 casserole dish. You can easily fit this into an 8×8 dish or a 9×16 dish; just adjust the size of your sheets of phyllo and increase the amounts of other ingredients. The portion sizes in parenthesis are for a 9×16 pan. 

7 sheets of phyllo dough, cut to fit the size of your pan

2 tablespoons olive oil (1/3 cup)

3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese (1/2 cup)

1/4 sweet onion, sliced very thin (1 onion)

3 small tomatoes, sliced thin (about 10 small tomatoes, or 4 larger tomatoes)

1 teaspoon fresh chives, minced (1 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced (1 tablespoon)

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)

Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush casserole dish with olive oil to prevent tart from sticking.

2. Begin layering the phyllo dough and goat cheese. Place one sheet of phyllo dough in the bottom of the pan, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with goat cheese. Keep remaining sheets of phyllo dough covered with a clean damp kitchen towel to prevent it from drying out. Repeat with the remaining sheets of phyllo dough.

3. Top final layer of phyllo dough with parmesan cheese, sliced onions, tomatoes, chives, basil, salt and pepper. Fold over any phyllo dough that is hanging over the edge of your dish.

4. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, until tart is browned (baking time may be longer depending on the size of your tart).

 

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Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Spread

10 Dec

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Hands down, mine is enjoying good food with the people I love. And I got to do that this past weekend. I am fortunate enough to live only a couple hours from my best friends. We decided to have a roommate Christmas dinner. This was a take on a roommate Thanksgiving we had in college. We were missing a few old roommates but lets just say we have all matured and no longer feel the need to dress up like pilgrims, sing weird songs, and consume copious amounts of alcohol. This meal was a far cry from the rotisserie chicken we had as the main course for Thanksgiving in college.

It was my ideal night: good friends, good food, and good wine.

Since I was traveling, I was in charge of an easily transportable appetizer.

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We had a curried butternut squash apple soup, slow-cooked short ribs, arugula salad, roasted sweet potatoes with pork belly, and sautéed Swiss chard with pearl onions.

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And how could I forget the amazing flourless chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream?!

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Who are these amazing people my friends have grown up to be?

I share with you my contribution to the roommate Christmas dinner: Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Spread.

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Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Spread

6 oz low fat cream cheese, softened

8 oz goat cheese, softened

2/3 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted

2/3 cup dried cranberries

In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and goat cheese. Mix in cranberries and walnuts. Serve with cracker of choice.

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