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August 03, 2017

Basil Roasted Tomato Goat Cheese Tart

The tangy flavor of the goat cheese and the sweet flavor of the roasted tomatoes make this a taste sensation. Try using different color tomatoes such as red, yellow and green (ripe) heirlooms.

To save time a prepared pesto can replace the basil leaves, garlic cloves and extra virgin olive oil step.

Makes 24


1 package refrigerated pie crust
6 ounces goat cheese, softened
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup fresh basil leaves plus enough small leaves to garnish, washed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra Virgin olive oil for drizzling

9 inch pie plate, muffin pan or mini muffin pan


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

For the tart shells: Cut circles from the pie crust large enough to line the bottom and up the sides to the top of each muffin cup or use whole crust for pie plate. Gently press the dough into each of the cups forming the tart.

For the filling: In a medium bowl mix the cheeses together with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and continue to mix until completely blended.

In a food processor combine basil leaves, olive oil, salt and garlic. Process until the mixture resembles pesto. Add 1 tablespoon (or more) basil mixture to the goat cheese and stir to incorporate. Or you can use 1 heaping tablespoon prepared pesto (I recommend pesto without nuts).

Fill pie dish or each muffin cup ¾ of the way full with the goat cheese mixture.

Arrange tomatoes over goat cheese, do not overlap. Combine garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Season the tomatoes with the seasoning mixture (may not need all of the seasoning), salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake in the pre-heated oven on the middle shelf for 20-25 minutes for the pie or until the egg is set and the pastry is golden-brown and the tomatoes are roasted and slightly charred at the edges. You will cook less time for the tarts depending on the size.

Allow tart to cool about 10 minutes before slicing. Can also be served cold.

Posted by terri at August 3, 2017 03:07 AM