roasted beet and goat cheese tart

Beets and I have come a long way from the shaky start of our relationship. It started off pretty much hate hate. Well, I can’t be sure how beets felt about me, but I can’t imagine they were thrilled in the face of my detest. Because I did. Detest them, that is.They smelled and tasted like cooked dirt. You know I’m right.

The thing is, ‘not liking a food’, doesn’t sit well with me.  I’m not a picky eater. I’ve never been. I’m adventurous, darnit. Does it mean I love everything that I taste? No, of course not. But, there are very few foods that have crossed my path that I plain old just don’t like. Beets was one of them. Kale was another one, but ever since I discovered putting kale in Veggie Enchiladas, we’re on speaking terms.

Anyway, I was determined to not let beets get the best of me. I just needed to figure out how to prepare them so they were as delicious as others claimed them to be. It was either that, or I was going to start calling people liars – which was bound to alienate me even more on the beet front.

I had to choke down my first batch of roasted beets. It wasn’t  pretty, but my husband loved them, which just made me even more determined to kick this beet disliking attitude.

Then, when I thought I had lost all hope, I discovered these delectably sweet and tart pickled baby beets one day when I was wandering Costco, so I figured I didn’t have anything to lose. After getting them home, I cracked open the jar and it was like a light bulb went off. Ohhhh, now these were good. After a few jars of those pickled baby beets (over a couple months period, not in one sitting – that would be crazy pants) I began to acclimate my taste buds to the flavor of beets. The sweet pickling helped take the edge off of the dirt flavor, but even that began to grow on me. Weird, I know.

 
I tried my hand one more time at roasted beets, not masked with all of the sweet pickling juices found in my beloved jarred beets, and I was so pleased with myself because I actually liked them. Not just tolerated, but enjoyed.

Don’t let me leave out the most important part of this new-found love: goat cheese. Goat cheese and beets are a marriage made in strongly-flavored food heaven. Seriously, try to eat beets without goat cheese. It’s not nearly as fun. Or as tasty.

During my exploration of beets, I discovered this beautifully simplistic salad of mixed greens, roasted (or pickled) beets, crumbled goat cheese, candied pecans and just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar – Oh, my…..It’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted. The clean tang of the goat cheese sets off the earthiness (note that I no longer am referring to beets as dirt-flavored. They’re earthy. Classy, huh?) of the roasted beets. A bit of sweetness from the pecans and syrupy balsamic drizzle put this salad at the top of my favorite go-to recipes.

So, I figured why not make my favorite salad into a lovely elegant Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Tart? One that would be perfect for a luncheon with the ladies or a light dinner. While there are several steps to this recipe, none of them are difficult. Even the olive oil cracker crust. And I even tend to shy away from homemade crusts. They make me nervous. This crust is a breeze to whip together. You can save a bit of time by using your favorite pickled beets in place of the roasted ones, too.

Plus, I love using my cute little rectangular tart pan. It’s so fun and for some reason, it makes me feel like wearing a dress and throwing a little tea party. Iced tea, probably. I’m actually wearing a dress today in honor of sharing my Beet and Goat Cheese Tart with you. Don’t be fooled though, it only seems fancy. This tart is actually quite simple. But also quite delicious and full of flavorful surprises.  You’re mouth will be happy. Mine definitely is. Especially now that it loves beets.

Happy Friday!

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Tart

Yield: serves 6

points+ per serving: 9

Ingredients

for crust: 3/4 cup of white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup of water
for filling: 1 large or 2 small beets, scrubbed
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
4 oz goat cheese
3 Tablespoons part skim ricotta cheese
black pepper to taste
for salad: 1 cup of arugula, washed and dried
1 Tablespoon of honey
2 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of candied pecans, roughly chopped

Directions

Roast Beet(s): Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub 1 teaspoon of olive oil into the skin of the beets. Wrap beets in foil, place on a baking sheet and roast for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, remove skin and slice. Increase oven temp to 425 degrees.
For Crust: While beets are roasting, whisk together flours and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in olive oil and water and then knead until a ball forms. Roll dough into about an 8x18 inch rectangle and fit into a 14 inch long rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim any excess dough around the edges. Prick dough all over with a fork and bake at 425 until the crust is golden brown; about 35 minutes. Cool crust on a wire rack. Reduce oven temp to 350 degrees.
For Filling:Place goat cheese and ricotta cheese in a medium bowl and mix together with a fork. Spread cheese mixture into the bottom of the baked crust, top with sliced beets and sprinkle with black pepper to taste. Bake tart at 350 for about 15 minutes or until goat cheese filling is warmed through.
For Salad: In the bottom of a medium bowl, whisk together honey and balsamic vinegar. Add arugula and toss to coat the greens. Top baked tart with dressed greens and sprinkle with pecans. Cut tart and and serve.
Enjoy!
Crust recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
May 24th, 2013

12 Responses to “roasted beet and goat cheese tart”

  1. Pink Patisserie — May 24, 2013 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    I love that you did this! Both made the recipe and taught yourself to like beets! I know exactly what you mean about the dirt thing, I had to teach myself to like them too and now, I LOVE them! Crazy pants… Love. Just gorgeous photos Emily. Gorgeous.

    • Emily Caruso — June 7, 2013 @ 4:41 am (#)

      Thanks, Maria! It is funny how many people seem to have had this relationship with beets. I’m so glad you like the photos, that means a lot to me 🙂

  2. Kate | Food Babbles — May 24, 2013 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness! I’m SO in love with this tart (and this post), for multiple reasons. A) I share your “once loathed, now love” attitude toward beets. It’s also so funny that you mentioned the roasted beet salad because immediately when I saw this tart, it reminded me of a salad that I had in Vermont at Blog & Bake. Same ingredients! So I can assuredly say that I will love this tart and I have every intention of making it ASAP. Lovely!

    • Emily Caruso — June 7, 2013 @ 4:42 am (#)

      Thanks, Kate! This combination is ah-mazing, isn’t it? I bet the salad at blog and bake was awesome!

  3. Mary @ Sifting Focus — May 27, 2013 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Could it get any better than that! My favorite salad – love, love, love beets! – right inside a tart crust. In my opinion, everything is better if it sits inside some crust. What a perfect combination.

    • Emily Caruso — June 7, 2013 @ 4:43 am (#)

      Tarts are just so elegant, but simple and rustic. Love, love them! I’m so glad you feel the same, mary! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. laurasmess.me — June 5, 2013 @ 6:21 am (#)

    SO beautiful! I want to comment on all of your posts but I’ll stop myself for now. With this one (well, until tomorrow). I love beets – and this tart has the perfect combination of creamy cheese, tart but sweet beets and that crunchy, rustic crust. Love it.

    • Emily Caruso — June 7, 2013 @ 4:45 am (#)

      Lol, thanks so much Laura! You are more than welcome to comment as much as you like! I’m so glad you stopped by and even more pleased that you liked what you saw 🙂 I hope to see you around again soon!
      Kindly,
      Emily 🙂

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  7. Pamela — September 4, 2013 @ 11:31 pm (#)

    I absolutely adore your blog, the photographs are beautiful and the recipes seem so delicious. I especially cannot wait to make this tart, I was wondering if you could let me know an alternative/equivalent to white whole wheat flour? I live in Australia and have never come across this. Is this the same as whole wheat flour (which is a brown colour?) Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

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