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Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tart

Posted By Chris On January 4, 2009 @ 5:28 pm In Main Dishes | 6 Comments

What a delicious, rich treat while on vacation! Lisa noticed this recipe on 101 Cookbooks before we left, and we made sure to buy the ingredients so we could make this dish while on our little outing over the New Year’s holiday. The four of us ate really well — Black Bean Chili, Grilled Tuna with roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts, pancakes, loaded sandwiches… hooray for planning! We made two tarts from this recipe; one was without the caramelized onions, because you-know-who doesn’t like them.

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tart
1 package of puff pastry dough (2 sheets)
zest of one lemon
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg plus one egg yolk
1/2 cup caramelized onions
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
10 very thin (1/8-inch) slices of butternut squash, pre-cooked in a bit of olive oil in a covered pan for 2-3 minutes
6 – 10 very thin slices of goat cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Thaw the puff pastry dough. Put it out on a lightly floured counter top and roll it out thin to fit your tart pan or baking dish. Leave about an inch worth of edges draped over the pan to fold back in over the filling later. Prick the dough in the middle of the tart a few times with the tines of a fork, and sprinkle most of the lemon zest right onto the rolled-out dough.
In a small bowl mix the ricotta, one egg, onions and salt together. Spread the ricotta mixture onto the base of the tart. Don’t go quite all the way to the edge, it makes it hard to fold the edges over later. Arrange the slices of squash on top, and the slices of goat cheese on top of the squash.
Fold the edges of the pastry back in toward the filling (an inch or so). Brush the pastry with the egg yolk and bake for 30-35 minutes or until tart shell is golden and the filling has set.

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