Saturday, September 18, 2010
Potato, asparagus and goats cheese tart
For those of you harvesting your spuds, this delicious tart is the perfect thing for a Saturday brunch.
I have also been pondering over my lovely goats cheese from the Oisin Farmhouse which has been in the fridge since last Saturday. I was going to eat it with roast beetroot but didn't feel quite in the mood for it. It is perfect for this tart and I even have some left over if I do decide on that beetroot.
This is simple to make once you have the slightly-labour-intensive-shortcrust-base part already completed.
It is a great way of getting rid of odds and ends which you keep just in case!
You will need, for six slices:
1 22" short crust base, cooked blind
250ml double cream
150g Parmesan finely grated
8 new potatoes, cooked for 10 minutes, peeled and sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
5 spring onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
150g goats cheese, broken into large-ish pieces
8 asparagus spears, trimmed and blanched
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Melt a little oil and a knob of butter in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the onion has caramelised and is sweet and golden. Toss in the spring onions and set aside. I don't like to cook the spring onions as they still have a nice bite to them when the finished tart has come out of the oven.
Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes. You will know it is ready if you give it a good wobble and the mixture is no longer liquid and appears set. Leave it to stand for 10 minutes before serving.
I have to mention this great place which I will be in great need of after eating this cream and egg laden pie - I was at the opening of a really gorgeous skincare clinic in Dun Laoghaire on Thursday night. Sanctum on Lower Georges Street is well worth a visit, Scandinavian in feel with a great sauna and rose petal filled bath, it boasts treatments such as a slimming seaweed body wrap, caviar eye treatment and various other delicious sounding facial treatments. I cannot wait to book myself to this spacious, luxurious place for some serious pampering - this seems to be the place for it!