I've gotten big into baking and I LOVE anything mini. So, when I heard about these savory tartelettes (mini tarts), I was sooo amped! I am def going to do more of these savory tartelettes in the future. I am just going to do the tartelette recipe here, but I paired them with a whole bbq'd snapper stuffed w herbs a plenty and also a simple salad with watercress and arugula from the garden. It was a phenomenal summer dinner. Also, I was able to freeze a few of the tartelettes and I will most certainly enjoy those another day!
6 small beets or 4 large (as many colors as you can find out there... at least golden and red)
4 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP sherry
2 TBSP thyme
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 sticks butter, cold and chopped finely
Ice water if needed (up to 1/2 C)
8 oz goat cheese (one large log)
1 C + 1 TBSP ricotta
2 TBSP chopped mixed herbs
I did this in steps. The night before I roasted the beets and prepared the crust. To do so, preheat oven to 425 degrees, wrap each beet in tin foil individually and bake until soft (40- 55 minutes). Let cool overnight at room temp.
To prepare the pastry, combine all ingredients other than the water in your food processor and process until a crumbly dough forms. Add enough water to make a cohesive dough. Add the water VERY slowly... 1 TBSP at a time. You do not want a sticky dough. Divide the dough into 10 pieces and wrap them in saran (you can wrap them all together... they will pull apart neatly when you want to use them) and put in fridge until ready to go.
The next morning (the day you're going to eat these delicacies), peel, slice and marinate the beets (I kept the colors separate and just divided the marinade amongst them) in the thyme, olive oil and vinegar. You can also make the filling by mixing ingredients from part C together. Cover this and refrigerate.
When you're ready to eat, roll out each dough and put it in your mini tart tins (mine were 4" each... 10 total). Polk the bottoms with a fork and put back in fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. After the dough in the tart pans has set in the fridge for 10 minutes, bake them (no filling) for 10 minutes. Remove from oven (I put mine all on a cookie tray) and let them rest for 2 minutes. After the short rest, fill with the filling and top with beets (I did four slices of beets per tartelette). Bake for another 30 mins.
Congrats - these are perf!