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Savory Goat Cheese and Radicchio Tarts

Recipe for the perfect Goat Cheese Tarts. Ingredient list and step-by-step preparation, time and explanation for a successful Italian dish!

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tania:

Love the tang of goat cheese and Balsamic. A combo I was very unsure of at first, but figured I'd give it a shot. Glad I did, because it's absolute...

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Smooth, delicate goat cheese sits at the heart of this lovely, refreshing vegetarian tartlet recipe.  Perfect for a summer lunch, or a quick dinner on to go, your minimal effort here is paid off so nicely with a filling yet surprisingly light recipe brimming with dramatic, contrasting flavors.

If you love the tang of aged fine traditional Balsamic vinegar, and could literally drink it from the bottle (like we do - hey, in Modena, Balsamic vinegar is used fall kinds of ways!), this is a great showcase for one of our favorite classic Italian ingredients.  You're going to want to use high-quality Balsamic vinegar that could be available in your specialty grocery shops. Avoid any overly-liquid or watery Balsamics, and look for a thick, cream-like consistency at least 12 years old.

The rest of the ingredients in this light recipe are easily-sourced - if you have a hard time finding radicchio at your market, you can substitute with any chicory or bitter lettuce.  Trying out new flavor combinations is a win-win combination - it will be our secret when you become the belle of the dinner table ball after creating this gorgeous recipe.

Ingredients

for 4 servings

Buttery Tart crust

  • All-purpose flour 200 grams
  • Butter 100 grams
  • Egg 1
  • Salt pinch
  • Walnuts cup

Goat Cheese and Radicchio Tart filling

  • Goat cheese 400 grams
  • Plain yogurt 250 grams (Greek)
  • Lemon 1
  • Salt as needed
  • Black Pepper as needed
  • Radicchio (Heads) 1
  • Balsamic vinegar as needed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed

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Preparation

for 4 servings

Step

1

Of 4

Prepare and chill the buttery tart dough

Cut cold butter in small pieces; if using walnuts (optional - use a handful to include in crust for extra flavor and texture), blend into a finely-ground meal with a couple of tablespoons of flour (to avoid an overly greasy texture).

Mix flours with salt and pepper and rub butter in using your fingertips, until you have no more lumps.   Add egg and quickly make dough (you can put flour, salt and concluding with herbs - if using - in a mixer, buzz the butter in and blend with the egg until you have a dough).

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Step

2

Of 4

Prepare the goat cheese and radicchio filling

Mix goat cheese and yogurt into a cream; season with a pinch of salt and lemon zest. 

Thinly slice radicchio, removing the inner white stems. 

In medium sauté pan, heat 1-2 tbsp olive oil and add sliced radicchio.  Adjust to taste with salt and pepper, and add splash of Balsamic vinegar to pan.  Allow to cook until radicchio is wilted.

Step

3

Of 4

Bake and prep the buttery crust dough shells

Preheat oven to 180C.  Roll dough in between two sheets of wax paper and place in small individual tart tins (dust the tins with flour prior to lining with dough).

Prick some holes with a fork on dough and bake at 180C for 30 minutes, or until golden (if using smaller tart tins, cooking time is less). Let shells cool a bit before taking them out of the tins.

Once cold, you can store in sealed plastic bag in fridge.  To use at later date, simply reheat and fill.

Step

4

Of 4

Fill the tart crusts and finish dish

Fill tart shells with yogurt and cheese mixture and top with thinly sliced radicchio. 

You can top radicchio with shaved, aged Pecorino cheese and chopped walnuts.  Drizzle with another bit of Balsamic vinegar for additional tang and flavor to dish.

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Reviews

tania Monday 7th of September 2020

Sweet and tangy with a terrific aftertaste of pure smoothness

Love the tang of goat cheese and Balsamic. A combo I was very unsure of at first, but figured I'd give it a shot. Glad I did, because it's absolutely worth it. A strange combo on paper, but I promise a sophisticated, elegant balance to the pairing - unexpectedly amazing.

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