Archive for June, 2012

Caramelized Onion Spinach Herb Tart

Of recently i have been experimenting with made from scratch pie dough and puff pastry sheets in making sweet and savory tarts and the results so far have been fantastic….
It passed with flying colors with my family……..
specially in summer heat, these dishes are a welcome break from the usual and also very chic to serve it to guests….
This recipe uses puff pastry as the base which i know may not be readily available in India so for the people in India I will post a pie dough recipe that is super easy to make and is almost fool proof which can be used as the base for the tart or the crust…
Ingredients:
1 Puff Pastry Sheet (pepperidge farm or store brand)
(thawed for about 15 minutes)
2 cups of frozen spinach or fresh spinach which is chopped fine and cooked until tender.
1/2 cup of corn kernels boiled
Handful of grated/shredded carrot/
1 large onion, thinly sliced.
3 pods of garlic, teaspoon each of fresh herbs- thyme,rosemary,mint and chives….
1/4 cup of fresh chopped cilantro.
if you are using dried herbs use just a pinch since its far more concentrated than fresh.
1/2 cup of either white or red sauce pasta sauce.
use ready pasta sauce, dont bother making it at home since it uses very little quantity.
I used Ragu Light Alfredo Sauce. The sauce binds the mix together.
Pepper and chili powder to taste.
Handful of  cheese – I used goat cheese but you can use mozzarella, white cheddar or any other:))
Method:
Pre heat the oven at 400 F.
Lightly dust the parchment paper with flour or if you are using a non stick cookie sheet then lightly grease it.
Lay the thawed puff pastry
Stretch it out with a rolling pin just a little so that its a good size rectangle and then pierce it all over with the fork.
Bake it in the oven until golden brown under and over.
Remove and Cool.
The filling:
In a pan, add some oil on a medium high.
Add the onion slices and cook until they are tender and light brown.
Remove and keep aside.
To the same pan add some more oil, garlic,spinach,carrots,cooked corn, sauce,herbs,salt,pepper and chili powder to taste.
Let is cook for about 10 minutes until the mix is well incorporated and all the moisture has evaporated. taste it and adjust the spiciness according to your pallet.  I like it quite spicy. U may add hot sauce if you wish.
spread the spinach mix on the puff pastry sheet, top it with onions and sprinkle it with cheese and bake it for 5 minutes until the cheese melts.
Cut it with the pizza cutter and serve.
By Aditi Sheth
NOTES: variety of filling can be used for this savory tart with or without the sauce.
             u can arrange slices of lemon  or oranges as toppers on the tart
             potato can be used for filling or for healthier options, use cooked broccoli florets, asparagus etc…
             non vegetarian options like shredded chickenImage are also possible…