Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tatooine Caramelized Onion & Chioggia beet Tart

Planning a romantic weekend for your princess leia? woo her with this delicious tart along side some Tauntaun Tomato Salad and prepare for some sweet sweet Star Wars lovin! 

One of the things that I love most about this dish is the Chioggia beet. To me Chioggia beet resembles Jogan fruit. Jogan fruit was featured during a banquet in the honor of Senator Aang hosted by senator Padmé Amidala on Coruscant. It is a small round purple fruit with a striping pattern much like the Chioggia beet!
... Enjoy! 

Ingredients for Filling: 
2 Large Walla Walla Onions ( Peeled and Sliced ) 
2 Chioggia Beet ( Sliced Thin ) 
6 oz. Goat Cheese ( separated into pieces, I like to use bleu cheese as well ) 
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
1 lemon ( Juiced )  
1 tbsp. Rosemary ( Fresh, Chopped Fine ) 
1 tsp. Garlic Paste 
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
2 tsp. Fresh Cracked Pepper 
1 tsp. Smoked Sea Salt 
1 tbsp. Butter
dash of sugar 
splash marsala

Ingredients for Tartlet: 
3 oz. Cream Cheese ( softened ) 
1/2 cup Butter ( Softened ) 
1 cup all-purpose flour


Blend cream cheese and butter or margarine. Stir in flour just until blended. Chill about 1 hour.

This can be made ahead and chilled for up to 24 hours.

While Tartlet dough is chilling prepare filling; 

In a small bowl whisk together Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt, 1 tsp. Fresh Cracked Pepper, Garlic and Rosemary. 

Pour Vinaigrette into a large ziplock bag. Place Beets in bag and allow to marinate for 1 hour or until carmalized onions are done. 

Start by taking 1 tbsp. butter and melting over medium low heat. Place onions in pan and sprinkle with a dash of sugar. ( About 1/2 tsp. )

Cook over low heat for about 45 minutes or until onions are soft and golden brown, stirring frequently to ensure that onions cook evenly. De-glaze pan with a splash of Marsala and remove from heat. 

Preheat oven to 400

Shape dough i press into ungreased Tart Shell

Take beet and place in the bottom of tartlette shell. in a single layer.  ( Don't be surprised if you don't use all of the beet ) Then spread carmalized onion over over beats. drizzle 1 tbsp. of the marinade over the onions and bake for 45 minutes or until crust appears to be finished. 

Remove from oven, top with pieces of goat cheese, garnish with toasted pine nuts and some finely chopped fresh rosemary. 

Best served with a nice glass of champagne and a side of Tauntaun Tomato Salad. 

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