Tuesday, July 16, 2013

TWD-Summer Vegetable Tart

Summertime and the living is easy...

I wasn't going to make the recipe this week.  But then I relented.  It might have been because it calls for phyllo pastry (meaning I wouldn't have to make my own pastry) or the fact that I was feeling guilty for wanting to skip the recipe. 

Reading the recipe and instructions, it does sound lovely.....goat cheese, red peppers, onions, mushrooms and thyme (to name a few ingredients).  I'm thinking it would make a nice light dinner with a salad.
Oh and did I mention I won't have to make any pastry dough??  My happiness about this may be more than necessary.  But since I'm not aware of the correct amount of happiness when it comes to not having to making pastry dough, I'll continue to believe I have just the right amount of happiness pertaining to this task that I don't have to do.  Woo-hoo!!  Okay, it isn't like I'm dancing under a disco ball because I can't contain my happiness.  (And it isn't just because I don't have a disco ball.)  But if I did, I would promise to only use it under the most sincere moments of happiness.  I take my oath to the disco ball very seriously.  What?  There's no oath?  Seriously, no one else had to take this oath? 

I, Sandra, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the disco ball.  I absolutely and entirely renounce the Jitterbug and will support and defend the Hustle so help me Bee Gees.


I may or may not have learned to do the Hustle in grade school.  That is all.

This really is a simple summer recipe.  And I've decided to use the barbeque to prepare the veggies.  Nothing better than grilled veggies on the Q.  I sliced up the onions, red peppers and mushrooms and tossed them in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Then, sprinkled it all with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. 

It is stupid hot here, so turning the bbq on outside is a way better idea than the stovetop at this point.  And it is only going to get hotter.  Thank goodness for a/c.  Whew.
 To the grill! (Doing the hustle on the way there is optional.....and I will neither confirm nor deny such events happening.)

This is my absolute favourite way to prepare vegetables.  Unless it is too cold out, then I throw all the veggies on a baking sheets and roast in the oven (also my absolute favourite way to prepare veggies....depending on the day.) 

This will take a little while to get them grilled to perfection.  So I have time to peruse my backyard and see what's growing. 
My clematis at the back of the fence seems to be growing like crazy.  How awesome is this!!

The vegetables have been grilled to perfection. 

Next is the making of the phyllo pastry tart shell.  Four sheets of phyllo get cut in half.  Each piece is then brushed with clarified (melted) butter and sprinkled with a little fresh pepper.  And then one piece at a time, I have to cover and fill the tart pan with these overlapping sheets.  Thankfully there were only 8 pieces, that seemed time consuming (and messy) enough!  Did not want to pick up the camera during this process.....I don't think my butter fingers would have been able to snap a shot!

This tart shell needs to bake for about ten minutes.  That gives me plenty of time to reheat my veggies and add the goat cheese to it.  Oh, while I reheated the veggies, I also tossed in some fresh oregano and chives.

Here is the tart fresh out of the oven.  It got super puffy in the centre....hopefully that will deflate before I have to put on the filling!

Filling is ready to be mixed up with the goat cheese and then scooped into the tart shell.

The heat of the vegetables does melt the goat cheese a bit.  But I think that just makes for a creamier filling.  Mmm.

This was a very easy tart to put together.  I think it would be great with a lot of different fillings.  Asparagus would be a great addition for the next time I make this.  So yes, I would make this again!  I love the phyllo pastry with this tart, as it makes it so light and crispy.  The grilled vegetables with the goat cheese would be good on anything, but is exceptionally good with the light and flaky phyllo.


  1. YUM! This sounds great. We love to grill veggies. You're right, there are loads of possibilities with the recipe. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Just stopping by from NaBloPoMo.

    Life With Lorelai

  2. Your tart looks lovely! I totally agree with you about this tart. It was delicious and the phyllo pastry was delightful. I do feel your pain with the heat…here in NJ it was 98〫today. I love that you grilled your veggies…I will give that a try next time.

  3. Vegetable grilling was a great idea. It is too stinking hot to cook.

    It was almost 100F here today and I live in the Adirondacks. Upstate NY isn't supposed to get that hot...

  4. Cute story. Love the grilled veggies. And how did you cut the baked phyllo without making a big mess? You have skills!

  5. Grade school? You're young! In 1975, I was a junior in high school and I well remember Soul Train (and the hustle)! Watching that video made me smile. I was thinking that all those big-haired folks are closing in on retirement age now. Wonder how many hip and knee replacements they've had?

    You've convinced me to buy one of those grill pans. Your tart looks fabulous!

  6. Congratulations, Sandra... You have been nominated for the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness! I hope you will accept your award. You can check it out here... http://lifewithlorelai.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/its-an-epically-awesome-day/

    Hope you have a great day!
    Life With Lorelai

  7. The clematis is beautiful! One of my favorite plants. Grilled veggies - fabulous choice!

  8. Just beautiful! And, I love your clematis!

  9. Congrats! And great looking tart!

  10. Love the idea of grilling the veggies; I bet this added a lot to the end result!

  11. LOL - I can see you doing a happy dance about not having to make the dough. I liked the filling of this one, but me and my very old phyllo had a fight, so my tart looks ratty to say the least.

  12. I love that you grilled your veggies! And even though the phyllo was a pain, it was nice to have a break from a pastry crust :)