Spring Vegetable Tarts let you create any flavor combination you like. Perfect for an individual serving. Have a tart!
Let your creative juices flow when making these vegetable tarts. All the lovely veggies popping up for spring can be inspiring. Also I added bacon and prosciutto to some of them, and that inspired me (Oh I love bacon!).
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The delicious savory fillings make these gorgeous tarts stars of you brunch, lunch or dinner table. The ricotta mixed into the egg custard makes the filling light and airy but rich in flavor. I make them all different for a buffet, but if you are serving them at a sit down dinner, consider using the same filling in all of them. It’s just the type-A personality in me coming out–but I think it would be pretty!
The filling is just oozing with delicious ingredients. Parmesan, cream and garlic make them tasty. Herbs are added at the end, just on top, so they say fresh and flavorful. Serve these slightly warm or room temperature.
You can use these 4-inch tart pans to make the individual size. The recipe makes 8, so order 2 sets!
Most of the vegetables you add need a little cooking prior to being used as yummy fillings. I’ve given instructions in the recipe, but I also encourage using leftovers from the fridge! Ok, so not too far back in the fridge, just the leftovers from the last day or so. If you’ve got steamed beans, roasted veggies, your wilted mustard greens or kale from the healthy dinner on Wednesday…you get the idea. Use them!
Some veggies you can just roast in the oven, others like mushrooms and scallions, simply saute in olive oil for a minute. Enjoy!
Serve these sophisticated little tarts with a green salad and sliced fruit.
- 1 recipe Basic Tart Crust dough
- Spring vegetables
- Sliced prosciutto
- ½ cup part-skim ricotta
- ¾ cup (2½ oz) grated Parmesan
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 3 large eggs
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- Herbs for garnish
- Cook your choice of vegetables (you will need ¾ lb of raw veggies to fill 8 mini tarts). For asparagus, sliced onions, cauliflower, broccoli rabe, zucchini or eggplant: Toss with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper, then roast at 375°F until just tender. For mushrooms, mustard greens, peas or scallions: Saute in olive oil until just wilted or tender.
- Heat oven to 375°F. Roll tart dough to about 3/16 inch thick and cut into pieces to fill 8 4-inch-diameter tart pans or rings. Place pans on a baking sheet and blind bake until crusts are golden brown. Set aside.
- Prepare Spring Vegetables and set aside. Sauté the prosciutto slices until just crisped; set aside.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the ricotta, Parmesan, cream, garlic, eggs, salt and pepper until smooth. Divide between baked tart shells, filling each with about ¼ cup of the mixture. Top tarts with vegetables and prosciutto, return to oven and bake until filling is set, 25 to 30 min. Cool slightly, then remove tart rings and use a spatula to slide tarts from pan bases. Serve with herbs and extra Parmesan.
Recipe by Tara Bench
Photographer: Jennifer Causey
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal May 2013