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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tart is not a 4 letter word.


This post is also up for votes at The Blogger Mushroom Recipe Challenge. I could use your vote!

Tart is not a 4 letter word made the Foodbuzz Top 9 today 10/17/2010! The Foodbuzz Top 9 is a photo-driven collection of top-buzzed posts within the Foodbuzz community. Congratulations and thanks for being a part of Foodbuzz!

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No one around today can probably remember when "tart" was a dirty word. The "sweet" tart as in a dessert came to English from the French around the 1200's - the adjective "tart" meaning sharp or piquant originated from Old English "teart" meaning pain or suffering. The sweet and tart as in the pejorative as applied to prostitutes, promiscuous women and occasionally men was a sweet word as it was used in a positive and affectionate way around the 1800's - it took pejorative connotations not long after but I am not talking about any of these I am referring to a pastry shell with shallow sides and no top crust with any of a variety of fillings.

I am talking about a tomato tart. I made this as a first course for my luxury dinner party and it was so good I will have to make it again, not because I want to but because my guests have asked me to.

When I got the sample packs of mushrooms in the mail from MarxFoods there was little doubt in my mind that I was going to use them in a tart. In fact I knew I was going to use them in a tart before I got the mushrooms, thats how excited I was to make this recipe. Whoops did I say recipe, I meant to say "before I put this together" because if I say recipe then I need to post one.

Here is how you do it - get some dried mushrooms and soak them in hot water, follow the instructions on the package of filo sheets, form into the shape you want, add goat cheese and chopped up reconstituted mushrooms, put on some slices of grape tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and bake till golden - couldnt be easier. Serve with some Proseco or a Chenin Blanc and you are there. This is my submission for the dried mushroom recipe challenge sponsored by MarxFoods.

47 comments:

Adelina said...

I also love the shape of your tarts! Thanks for your post!

afoodobsession said...

elegant, rustic, flavorful, just a great dish...

ravienomnoms said...

Those look great! How creative and fun

Camala - CC Recipe said...

How simple and delish, you can't beat that, the look fantastic!

Anette said...

I could have this for a main course, would that be ok?

Emily Malloy said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS

Mo Diva said...

This looks wonderful... as all of your other kitchen wonders do!

i love the way wrinkly skins on the tomatoes when they are exposed to some oven lovin...nom!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

These tarts look fantastic! I received some samples of dried mushrooms from Marx Foods as well and used them to make spicy mushroom stuffing muffins!

vanillasugar said...

yeah i could easily eat a couple of these, as a meal. very nice.

doggybloggy said...

These are maybe five inches in diameter - you can obviously make them any size you want - I wanted to slice them into perfectly small little wedges - but they could certainly be a meal whole with a salad or some soup....

VegSpinz said...

Those tarts are stunning- good luck in the challenge!

Marjie said...

I did know of the historical connotations of "tart", because I'm a bookaholic. I also love sweet tarts, and I think this appetizer tart looks fabulous!

Jeannie said...

The tarts are beautiful, love the way you shape them and so flaky!

Doc said...

Voted for you! Good luck-loks fantastic!

The Duo Dishes said...

The day you post a 'recipe', we know something is not right. :) Great submission for Marx and PFB. You know how to work the tarts!

The Duo Dishes said...

The day you post a 'recipe', we know something is not right. :) Great submission for Marx and PFB. You know how to work the tarts!

Barbara said...

I'm loving your savory tart! Fun to make and easy! That's dinner for us!

celebreatySarah said...

oh Chef, I wonder if you have tried Karoun goat cheese...

Joanne said...

I know you SAY this tart has nothing to do with the pejorative definition. But I see this baby making the rounds in a many a kitchen in the near future. The girl gets around.

Vickie said...

This looks amazing, Christo. I love baked tomatoes and the ingredients in the tart sound perfect.

LaDivaCucina said...

I like your rustic tart. And yes, I DO remember the negative use of the word, it's commonly used that way in Australia. (and also in a kidding way too!) I have some small tomatoes, zucchini, a bit of goat cheese, filo dough AND pie crust. After seeing your tart and Chef Dennis' crostata, me thinks I will do one too! Thanks Doggy!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

What a perfect savory tart - looks very tasty!!!

Stacey Snacks said...

You know how I feel about tarts, I could make one every day.
I made a very similar tart on Wed.!
Love the rustic ones the best.
Love, the Tart Queen

♥peachkins♥ said...

wow! that looks amazing!

Jill said...

Damn...voting has ended. Looks beautiful and mouth wateringly good as usual.

I've been called a Tart and a Hussy as well as a Broad in my 42 years. I think I like Tart the best.

Jenn said...

Fantastic job on the tart!!! Tomato-y and mushroom goodness!!

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a beautiful looking tart!
Can vote twice? :-)) Let me know if one could vote twice for the same one?

Karen said...

What a gorgeous tart! I've seen a few blogs use those mushrooms now and I really want to get my hands on some! I can see why you'd remake this dish!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

These look great! I Love how beautiful the little tomatoes look.

From the Kitchen said...

This tart, by any name, looks and sounds delicious. I'm a little leery of making it for guests--they might keep coming back for more--but will surely put it on our table.

Best,
Bonnie

lisaiscooking said...

Mushrooms and goat cheese make me happy. I can see why you're being asked to make more of these!

Chow and Chatter said...

this is a fun post we have used to the tart in those terms he he growing up its not something you want to be called but great to eat

Jamie said...

Brilliant tart! Mouthwatering, luscious. Love the flaky crust and love all the filling. I was thinking of making a tomato tart and now I have to take tips from you on how to make it right!

Velva said...

Your tart rocks! This would make an simple elegant entree served with wine. Beautiful.

Beth said...

oh Dog...these look WONDERFUL!!!!!!! I bet they taste even better!

Rylan Art and Appetite said...

Hahahha, you kno what? This is the only tart I would want to eat from breakfast to dinner! You totally nailed me to that picture, I will dream of it tonight. Soooo loving the rustic feel to it--very good for a coffee show that serves savory dishes.

Sippity Sup said...

Now I swear I commented on this post once already. I know I read and loved it. But I don't see my comment. Either I am crazy, you are editing me (which might be wise), technology fails me. Whatever the case. I am ready for a new post please. GREG

Mama Cupcake said...

Where is Christo.....I came looking to find you haven't posted in a little bit...hope all is well :)

coolblogger said...

love the dish and the pic

Jenny said...

This looks amazing, well done!

Doc said...

Congrats on the top 10

Micky-T said...

So what's up dude? You make it further in the competition or not?
If you didn't, so f%$king what, we're still here.

Matt Kay said...

Looks like I have some really strong competition here. ;D

Great simple recipe. I love the flaky filo crust and the goat cheese and tomatoes play really nice together.

Thanks for sharing DoggyBloggy
Matt Kay

P.S. Belated congratulations on Top 9.

theUngourmet said...

Beautiful tart! I just put my vote in. Oh, and can you send one right over for my lunch. I'm starving!

Lori Lynn said...

The tart looks fabulous. Those tomatoes really pop!
Congrats on Top 9!
LL

momgateway said...

lovely take on mushrooms...

Chef Fresco said...

Congrats of foodbuzz! Looks like a very delicious tart!

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