A few Christmases ago my daughter gave me a Nordic Bakery Cookbook by Miisa Mink. It has some excellent recipes for pastries and for savory dishes. We all get tired of making the same meals over and over so tonight I got the book out and decided to make the Vegetable tart. Just yesterday I bought some excellent buttermilk Bleu cheese at a local market that sells cheeses, meats, great olives, wine and craft beers. The cheese was perfect for this dish. Simple ingredients. Nothing exotic.
Ingredients for the crust:
13 T butter at room temperature
3 1/2 T sour cream or crime fraiche
1 cup AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Cream the butter and the sour cream or creme fraiche together in a mixing bowl.
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir into the creamed mixture until a dough forms. Form dough into a ball, flatten into a disc, and wrap in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.
Transfer the pastry to a tart pan pressing it into the fluted edges of the pan and neatly cut off the excess pastry. (I love my tart pan and I rarely use it. You don’t see how pretty it is until it’s empty.)
1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
1 T vegetable oil
1 onion rough diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
2 1/2 oz. Danish Bleu cheese (I used buttermilk Bleu)
3/4 cup grated Cheddar
fresh ground black pepper
The Bleu cheese is the star!
Preheat oven to 400.
Cut the florets into chunks. Boil until they are tender crisp. Drain well and allow to cool.
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry the onion until it is soft and golden. Set aside to cool slightly.
Once the onion has cooled tip the pan over the pastry and spread the onion evenly. Top with the broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes.
Sprinkle the cheeses evenly over the top and sprinkle with cracked black pepper.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
It’s beautiful! And it tastes great! Serve with a green salad and you have a perfect dinner.
NOTE: You can substitute other vegetables taking care that they don’t become too watery when cooked. Served as an appetizer the recipe serves 6; as an entree it serves 4.