Easy Rustic Tarts

While the ground is frozen, my oven stays warm.

I’ve been perfecting my pie dough crust.  Okay, I haven’t been actually making pies I guess you can say I’ve been taking the easy route with these super easy rustic (and so delish) tarts.

Since I couldn’t decide whether to go sweet or savory, and while I have made many sweet tarts or crostatas or galettes, I was uncertain about the ingredients to use in a savory tart.  (Why so many names?  Crostata is Italian and galette is French.)

I looked for some recipes starring my all-time favorite vegetable, leafy green spinach and got some ideas from those.  I prepared the spinach using very similar ingredients that I would use when not including in a pastry dough – with sautéed onions and garlic for great flavor and I added grated gruyere cheese then added to the dough.  Pretty simple, right?  You got it!

You give it a try and let me know whether you agree or not.

Spinach Gruyere Tart




Easy Rustic Tarts Recipe

Pastry Dough for Tart

2 C flour
1 ½ t salt
1 t baking powder
6 T butter, cold
4 T vegetable shortening
½ C (or less) ice water

Process:  mix flour, salt, baking powder together; add the butter and shortening using a cheese grater (or your preferred method); combine until mixture is the texture of small peas; add ice water a little at a time; roll out onto a floured surface and make 2 small discs; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until filling is ready.

Spinach Gruyere Tart

6-7 C organic spinach
½ C Gruyere cheese, grated
2 T olive oil
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic, minced
½ t salt
½ t thyme
dash pepper

Process:  Sautee onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until golden; add garlic and cook until fragrant, careful not to burn; remove from pan and add remaining olive oil; add spinach, salt, thyme and pepper; cover with lid and cook for 3 minutes; let cool.  Squeeze all liquid from the cooled spinach then combine with the cheese; add this mixture to the tart dough and wrap the edges over the filling to enclose; bake at 400 F degrees for about 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown.


Red Grape Tart




Red Grape Tart

1 C red grapes, thoroughly washed
1 t potato starch
½ C water
1 T sugar (adjust here according to natural sweetness of fruit used)
1 t lemon juice
½ t lemon zest
pinch of salt

Process:  cook grapes in the 1/2 cup of water; bring to a boil.  In a separate bowl mix the potato starch, lemon juice, sugar, zest and salt; add this mixture to the boiling grapes and stir constantly; let simmer for about 2 minutes and remove from heat; let cool.  Add this mixture to the chilled and rolled out dough.  Fold up the edges to “hug” the red grape mixture; bake in a preheated oven at 400 F degrees for about 25 minutes until crust is golden.  Let cool before serving.


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