Who Are You Calling a Tart?

If you’re here because I was the first commentor on Bossy’s Ten Word Tuesday, welcome. If you’re here because you usually swing by – good to see you too.

When I hear “tart” I either think of that girl in high school, who was not me, or a sweet dessert. But a beet tart? Sounds a little … repulsive? What’s next, brussel sprout pie?

But! It’s fantastic. Amy and I have had it twice together. Once on a fluke and once on purpose. The second time we were actually seated at Cheesecake Factory when we remembered we wanted beet tart. So we left. It’s not like we had actually ordered yet.

From Rioja’s menu:

Asian pear and beet roasted tart, puff pastry shell, glazed red beets, carmelized onions, goat cheese mousse, shaved Asian pears, hazelnut vinaigrette, beet reduction

Next time, oh there will be a next time, I’ll discreetly whip out my cell phone and take a picture.

I love, love beets. And who doesn’t love goat cheese? Never in a million years would I have created this concoction on my own. One supposes that’s why I’m not a chef. But the combination of the tangy beet, the sweet pear and the creamy cheese is amazing. The flavors don’t blend into one giant flavor.; you can taste each individually. And it comes in a cute pastry shell.

1 smart person left their mark:

  1. Pamela, 1. July 2008, 12:06

    I came from i Am Bossy…because I totally need to know about beet tart. What do you know about this? Do you have/Will you share a recipe? Is there cream involved?

    I am probably not going to be able to concentrate for the rest of the day. I even forgot about 10 word Tuesday already. Save me!

    I don’t have a recipe, but, based on memory, oh delicious memory, maybe I can reconstruct such a thing. It was not a large tart, maybe the size of a saucer. Start with a ready made tart shell, if you make one yourself you’ve already surpassed the teacher, young grasshopper. Mix together beet reduction and hazelnut vinaigrette. Place thickly sliced beet in tart shell. Put some liquid on top. And then goat cheese mousse, then carmelized onions then pears. And bake. In oven for some time on some temperature. The beet must already be cooked before it goes in the tart, otherwise the pear would be ruined for how long beets take.

    This seems similar.