Roma-Goat Cheese Tarts
Notes: Lisa Magadini, executive chef of Club XIX restaurant at Pebble Beach Resort in California, and Benjamin Brown, sous-chef, created this recipe.
Yield: Makes 2 tarts; 12 servings total
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 475
- Calories from fat: 72%
- Protein: 11g
- Fat: 38g
- Saturated fat: 16g
- Carbohydrate: 27g
- Fiber: 4.4g
- Sodium: 469mg
- Cholesterol: 108mg
- 3/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- About 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
- About 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2/3 cup (1/3 lb.) butter or margarine, cut into chunks
- 2/3 cup solid shortening
- 1 1/4 pounds Roma tomatoes, rinsed, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch slices
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons pesto
- About 1/2 cup (4 oz.) fresh chèvre (goat) cheese
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1. In an 8- to 9-inch-wide pan, bake nuts in a 350° oven, stirring often, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes; let cool.
- 2. In a bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt. With a pastry blender or your fingers, cut or rub in butter and shortening until particles are pea-size. Stir in pine nuts. With a fork, gently stir in 1/2 cup ice-cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- 3. Gather dough into a ball, divide in half, and flatten each portion into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap airtight and chill at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.
- 4. On a board dusted with all-purpose flour, roll dough pieces, one at a time, into 11-inch rounds. Fit each round into a 9-inch tart pan with a removable rim; trim excess dough from rim.
- 5. Fit a piece of foil into each crust, with foil edges extending at least 2 inches above rim. Pour dried beans or pie weights into foil to half-fill crusts. Bake on the lowest rack in a 375° oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and beans.
- 6. Overlap tomatoes in circles in hot crusts. Bake until tomatoes look dry at edges, about 15 minutes.
- 7. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk eggs, pesto, goat cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to blend, then whisk in cream. Gently pour mixture equally over tomatoes.
- 8. Bake until custard is set when gently shaken, about 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Serve hot or cold.
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