Sunday, May 15, 2005

Savory Carrot and Tarragon Tart

Savory Carrot and Tarragon Tart (Adapted from Eating Well)

For the crust

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh tarragon leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup plain yogurt

For the filling

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
2 tablespoons dry sherry, divided
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) shredded white Cheddar cheese
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
salt and fresh ground black pepper

To prepare the crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, add flours, tarragon and 1/2 teaspoon salt - pulse to combine. Add butter, one piece at a time, pulsing once after each addition. Pour in oil and yogurt - pulse just until combined (it should be crumbly). Scoop the crumbles into a 9" tart pan lightly coated with nonstick spray - evenly press the dough over the bottom and up the sides to form a crust. Place into the oven and bake until the crust is just set, but has not taken on any color, about 15 minutes. Remove and place pan on a wire rack to cool

To prepare the filling

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Stir in onions - cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrots and 1 tablespoon sherry - cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Add mustard onto the bottom of the crust and spread to form a thin layer. Scatter the top with the Cheddar. Cover the cheese evenly with the carrot and onion mixture.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt, tarragon and remaining 1 tablespoon sherry - season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Set tart pan onto a baking sheet - pour the egg mixture over carrots and cheese. Place pan into the oven and bake until the center is set and the edges are golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove and place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Makes about 6 to 8 servings.

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  1. Joe, this sounds really incredible. I never would have thought of tarragon in a quiche-like pie but I can hardly wait to try this! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Gin - Let us know your thoughts if you try this!

  3. I try this and we loved . Thks again Joe.

  4. Sertac - Fantastic! Thanks for the feedback.