In the mood for pizza but don’t feel like making dough? Use puff pastry and it will be called a tart but will pretty much be pizza. That’s how this caprese tart was born, along with inspiration from Simply Delicious. All you need are pre-made puff pastry, some tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a glug or two of olive oil. It comes together quickly — great for a weeknight dinner — and results in a gooey, delicious, healthful tart. It’s great on a warm spring or summer evening with a green salad.
Oh man. This tart is SO GOOD. It’s like an explosion in your mouth. Slightly sweet, caramelized garlic meets earthy rosemary and thyme meets smooth, tangy goat cheese. If any of that sounds good to you, make this tart now. It’s so delicious that we made it last three days because we didn’t want it to disappear too quickly (it tastes great cold).
This caramelized garlic and goat cheese tart comes from our German version of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook (it’s called Genussvoll vegetarisch in German). We enjoyed it alongside these poached spring vegetables, also from Plenty. It’d also be great cut into small wedges and served as an appetizer or as part of a brunch or dinner buffet.
Caramelized Garlic & Goat Cheese Tart(adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty/Genussvoll vegetarisch; makes 6-8 generous servings)
375g puff pastry (store-bought is the easiest)
3 heads of garlic, cloves peeled & kept whole
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3/4 tbsp sugar
1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme, minced
to taste: salt & pepper
230-250g goat cheese
100g single cream
100g crème fraîche
Cut a large circle out of the puff pastry and press it into your tart pan (or springform cake pan, like we used), making sure to build up the sides at least 1-2 inches. Cover the crust with baking paper and weight it with dried beans, then refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Blind-bake the weighted crust for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven, remove the baking paper and beans, then put the crust back in the oven for 5-10 more minutes or until it is golden. Set the crust aside and leave the oven on.
While the crust is chilling and baking, caramelize the garlic: in a small pot, blanch the garlic cloves in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain the garlic cloves well and dry out the pot. Put the garlic back in the pot and add the olive oil; place on the stove on high heat, cooking until the garlic is lightly browned. Add the balsamic vinegar and 220mL of water, bring to a boil, and let cook for 10 minutes. Add the sugar, rosemary, thyme, and 2 pinches of salt, then let the mixture simmer over medium heat until most of the liquid has evaporated and the garlic cloves are in a thick syrup (20-30 minutes). Set aside.
Prepare the tart: drop blobs of goat cheese onto the crust, then add the garlic and its syrup. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, crème fraîche, 1/2 tsp salt, and some pepper. Pour the creamy mixture over the cheese and garlic.
Lower the oven temperature to 160C and bake the tart for 35-40 minutes, until the filling is set and the top is golden-brown. Let cool, then serve warm or cold.