Friday, May 11, 2007

Beet, Goat Cheese & Nettle Tart

This was going to be a glowing explosion of colors, with yellow beets nestling with their pink-and-white striped siblings, and nettle-speckled goat cheese peeking out from underneath. Alas, the candy-striped beets turned out to be... not. I rather want my money back on those.

Beet, Goat Cheese & Nettle Tart

So instead this is just a sunny repeat of the last post, in pie form: leftover wilted nettles mixed with soft goat cheese under a layer or two of beets, sprinkled with the last of the mint dressing. All contained in a shell of store-bought pastry dough (low fat & partly whole grained - don't do it! or at least, if you have a good recipe for a dough of this kind, let me know!) and baked at 200°C for about half an hour.

Beet, Goat Cheese & Nettle Tart

Goat cheese works really well with beets, so with a decent crust, this would have been a keeper. If you try this at home, I'd also consider reserving some of the mint vinaigrette to sprinkle on after it comes out of the oven, mostly for aesthetic reasons.


Freya and Paul said...

Absolutely amazing looking tart! I have never tried nettles but must pick some just to spite those that sting my ankles when walking my dogs!!

JennDZ said...

Wow, that looks beautiful and sounds delicious. I love the combination of Goat cheese and beets, although I have never eaten nettles before.

Eva said...

What an unusual combination! I'd love to try it - even more than the former version, tart aficionado that I am. Hopefully I can track down all the ingredients...

deinin said...

Freya & Paul - I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to nettles. Supposedly you can use it as a replacement for spinach in pretty much anything. I should get myself to a forest or something to get enough for a soup.

JennDZ: goat cheese and beets is just one of those perfect combinations. I have to say you hardly noticed the nettles in this one.

Eva, the nettles disappeared pretty much completely - there was a bit of a leafy texture to the goat cheese, but that was it. If you can't get hold of any, just use some other greenery :P

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