As the title suggests, tonight I made the Very Full Tart (pg. 84) and the name does not lie! This recipe took awhile, so I began my prep early in the afternoon, ran errands, and returned to finish the cooking.
First, I needed a pie crust. Despite my very best efforts, I could not find a pre-made, roll-out frozen pie crust in the grocery store (they had puff pastry and phyllo dough, but no pie crust!)…so, I made my own. Homemade is better anyway 😉 Then I washed and prepared the vegetables. When I got home, all I had to do was turn on the oven and begin.
The first thing to go in were the peppers to roast. Then, in increments, the veggies (eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini).
And thank goodness through this blogging project I have learned to multi-task very well in the kitchen. While the veggies were roasting, I also baked my pre-made pie crust and began to sautee the onions.
Then, when everything was done, all I had to do was layer the tart! And, like I said, it was VERY full. I put the sauteed onions on the bottom, then the roasted veggies, then the peppers, added a layer of thyme and it was already looking pretty full…I was weary about fitting in the rest…
But I added the cheese and cherry tomatoes, then slowly (very slowly) poured the cream and egg mixture over everything. It fit! But it is FULL! I put it on a baking sheet to bake just in case of an overflow…
45 minutes later (and a few hours of cook and clean time), it was done…and it didn’t overflow! I let it cool a bit and then cut a generous slice, as I was pretty hungry by the time it came out! 4 stars! Very yummy! And I am glad I made my own crust (even though it got a little well done). My only reason for 4 over 5 stars was that some bites were better than others; the flavor profile wasn’t very even, in my opinion, but I’m being pretty picky. Overall, a pretty straightforward recipe with everyday ingredients, and takes a lot of time, but well worth the effort! I think mine ended up more full than Chef’s…haha! 🙂 As you can see – Chef’s (L; pg. 85) and mine (R) – they barely even look the same!