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.

5 comments:

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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