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Farmer’s market paradise (Cherry Tomato, Spring Onion, & Goat Cheese Tart)

As I may have mentioned (a hundred times), I went to the Farmer’s Market last Friday after work. I was dumb and forgot my reusable grocery bag, so I just loaded myself up with as much as my little arms could carry. Not a bad haul, for my first try—spring onion, scallions, the best cherry tomatoes I’ve ever eaten, locally-made chevre cheese, and a chocolate croissant. Which I ate for breakfast the next day.

So when I started thinking about what lovely delicacies I could make with my new veggies and tasty Georgia cheese, I of course turned to Pinterest, which directed me to this awesome tart.

And if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m in love with anything involving pie crust (or resembling something with pie crust). Seriously, that was my biggest criteria for what I ate in Ireland last summer (steak & Guinness pie, chicken & mushroom pie…you get the picture).

The original recipe is here, but I made several tweaks.  http://www.laclassedecuisine.com/recipes/vegetables/tomato-goat-cheese-spring-onion-tart/

You can buy frozen puff pastry dough at the grocery store (near the frozen fruits and whipped cream). You’ll want to thaw it to work with it, but not QUITE thawed or it will be too doughy to work with properly. You can leave it on the counter for 15-20 minutes and that should do the trick (unfold it first). Lay it out and I crimped up the edges to make a little tart.

The original recipe called for red pepper pesto. My first thought—what the hell is that? Asked my mom too, and she didn’t know. Also, red pepper sounded a little odd as a base for this recipe, so I just used store-bought pesto. Would be really good with fresh homemade pesto, too.

I might mention that I had serious sticking issues, too. So use some spray beneath your pastry dough unless you have super awesome non-stick pans.

Spread a nice little layer over everything.

This is locally-made chevre cheese. It was delicious, but regular old goat cheese would be great too (and would have a slightly stronger flavor, which would have been nice).

Crumble pieces over the pesto.

Cut your cherry tomatoes in half. Maybe eat a few, to make sure they’re good.

Spread those out on the tart too. I’d put them all face up, so the cut edges of the tomato can roast nicely.

Chop up your spring onion into little pieces. It turns nice and sweet when it’s roasted on the pizza.

Sprinkle those pieces all over the tart, depending on how much you like onion.

Now we’re in business.

Put in the oven, which you’ve preheated to 375. Bake 20-30 minutes and until golden brown. I’d prick the edges of the crust with a fork. Why?

Because this. It was actually worse than this, the edges got SUPER puffy. It is puff pastry, after all.

Et voila! Remove from the oven when golden, crispy, and the tomatoes and onions have started to caramelize.

Could even have stood for 30 seconds or so of broiling just to caramelize the onions and tomatoes a little more. But all in all, delicious!

Tomato, Goat Cheese, & Spring Onion Tart

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 3 tablespoons or so of pesto
  • 4-5 ounces of goat cheese or chevre
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Chopped spring onions, to taste
  • Extra virgin oil for drizzling

Preheat the oven to 375°. Roll out the pastry and crimp up the edges into a tart if you so desire.

Smear the pesto over the surface. Crumble over the cheese before topping with the tomatoes. Then tear the spring onion pieces over the tart.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 -30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp on the base and the tomatoes are roasted. Serve immediately with a drizzle of olive oil.

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