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Savory Carrot & Tarragon Tart

November/December 2008

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The bright orange carrots in this savory tart are a feast for the eyes and the palate. Tarragon lends bold flavor to the tart. Other herbs, such as thyme or rosemary, would be delicious too.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I made it for Thanksgiving. It was beautiful to look at, but not enough flavor. Comments were "its a Quiche with carrots", "there is no flavor". I don't think I'll make it again. "
Savory Carrot & Tarragon Tart Recipe

Makes: 8 servings

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh tarragon leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive or canola oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry, (see Ingredient Note) or rice vinegar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon, or 3/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. To prepare crust: Coat a 9- to 10-inch tart pan with cooking spray. Place all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, tarragon and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter one piece at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition, until incorporated. Add 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup yogurt and pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan (it will be crumbly), spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom and all the way up the sides to form a crust.
  3. Bake the crust until set but not browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
  4. To prepare filling: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrots and 1 tablespoon sherry (or rice vinegar) and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. Spread mustard over the crust. Sprinkle with Cheddar, then evenly spread the carrot mixture in the tart shell.
  6. Whisk 1/2 cup yogurt, milk, eggs, tarragon, the remaining 1 tablespoon sherry (or rice vinegar), 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and pour in the filling.
  7. Bake the tart until the filling is firm and the edges are golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm or chilled.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the crust (Step 2), wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Loosely cover and refrigerate the baked tart for up to 1 day. | Equipment: 9- to 10-inch tart pan (with or without removable bottom)
  • Ingredient note: Sherry is a type of fortified wine originally from southern Spain. Don't use the “cooking sherry” sold in many supermarkets—it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase dry sherry that's sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

Nutrition

Per serving: 304 calories; 20 g fat (7 g sat, 9 g mono); 75 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 2 g fiber; 403 mg sodium; 211 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (80% daily value), Calcium (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 fat


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Recipe Categories

Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
8 or more
Type of Dish
Main dish, vegetarian
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Saute
Ethnic/Regional
American
Meal/Course
Dinner


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