Rating: 4.53 stars
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Try this roasted-vegetable free-form tart as an appetizer or side dish for a special dinner or as a vegetarian main dish. The pastry dough is very forgiving and quite easy to roll out on parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. The walnut-studded crust is crisper served warm, but you can enjoy the tart at room temperature or cold too.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2009

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
12

Nutrition Profile:

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Ingredients

Crust
Filling

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

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  • To prepare crust: Pulse walnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Combine in a large bowl with whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons thyme and/or rosemary, 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Make a well in the center and add 1/2 cup oil and water. Gradually stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to form a soft dough (it will seem wetter than other types of pastry dough). Knead in the bowl just until the dough comes together. Pat it into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 days.

  • To prepare filling: Combine sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Spread on three-fourths of a large rimmed baking sheet. Toss onion in the bowl with 1 teaspoon oil. Spread evenly on the remaining one-fourth of the baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees .

  • Line a work surface with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, lightly dust with flour and dust the top of the dough with flour. Roll the dough into a rustic 15-inch circle, adding more flour, if necessary, to prevent sticking. Transfer the crust to a baking sheet with the parchment or baking mat in place.

  • Leaving a 2-inch border, sprinkle cheese evenly over the crust. Make an overlapping ring of the larger sweet potato slices over the cheese, leaving the 2-inch border. Spread the onion slices in another ring closer to the center. Using the rest of the sweet potato slices, make an overlapping circle in the center of the crust (the pattern will look like a bull's-eye). Pick up the edges of the crust using a spatula and fold over the filling, making pleats in the dough as necessary (it's okay if the dough cracks a little as you fold it); the filling will not be completely covered. Brush the crust with the egg-white wash. Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon thyme and/or rosemary.

  • Bake the tart until lightly browned on the edges, about 50 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the crust (Step 2), wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Cool, cover and refrigerate the baked tart for up to 1 day. Reheat at 350°F for about 20 minutes.

Ingredient Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour has less gluten-forming potential than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure tender baked goods. Find it in the baking section of the supermarket or online at bobsredmill.com and kingarthurflour.com.

Nutrition Facts

309 calories; protein 7g; carbohydrates 29.5g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 3.5g; fat 18.2g; saturated fat 3.7g; cholesterol 10.4mg; vitamin a iu 7068.2IU; vitamin c 7.6mg; folate 50.3mcg; calcium 76.2mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 24.9mg; potassium 180mg; sodium 332.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.
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Reviews (5)

17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely fabulous recipe. Delicious lovely and easy to make. I didn't find it labor intensive (I did make the dough the day before). It will be my contribution to our Thanksgiving potluck feast and I know it will be a hit! (not sure about the comment in the magazine about bringing it to a friend's house on a 70 pizza pan and leaving it as a gift. Wish I could but geez!). Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2012
I made this for New Years Eve and it got rave reviews by everyone. I did not have any of the troubles with the crust mentioned in previous reviews. I always scoop my flour--don't know if that helped make sure the crust wasn't too dry. My only problem was that the red onions cooked much faster than the recipe said so some of them burned. I think that might be because my baking sheet was dark. Otherwise everything was delicious. Pros: Healthy Fats Beautiful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this tart for a faculty/staff appreciation luncheon and it was a complete hit! I also found the dough to be a little too dry to work so I added a generous tablespoon of shortening to it. That did the trick. It is beautiful and very flavorful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Besides monitoring the moistness of the dough I think the dough is too sturdy for a galette shape with large foldovers. The second time I made it more of a conventional tart crust with thin edges and it was much better - not so heavy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The flavors in this tart were wonderful and it is so pretty on the table. Both my friend and I have made this and we each had trouble with the dough being too dry and crumbly. It rolled out okay between parchment sheets but then cracked and crumbled when I tried to fold the edges over. Any suggestions? I'd love to make this again and have it come out perfect next time. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Make this when you want to be the guest who brings something that will not be duplicated by other guests. Looks beautiful and tastes great! Lisa Grey http://pink-kitchen-with-lisa.blogspot.com/ Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2012
Tasty. Easy and forgiving but could be streamlined I took a lot of liberties with this recipe but it still came out really great. I would make some slight changes next time but nothing big. The crust: I only had regular whole wheat flour but it came out fine. As per other suggestions I added approx 1 T oil and 2 T water than was called for in the recipe. Next time I would add just a bit more salt (1/4 tsp?) and some garlic. The texture was great but a bit bland for me. The filling: Used my mandolin to slice the potatoes (1/4 inch skin on!) and onion (1/8 in) so that part was really easy. I tossed the potatoes in oil pepper and salt but skipped that step with the onions - they were still delicious. It was 86 F and HUMID. The AC was off (May just started!) making it about 95 in the kitchen. I the extra roasting step and just rolled out the dough and arranged the veggies/cheese. It took about 60 mins to fully cook at 375F. The veggies were plenty cooked at 50 mins but the crust looked like it needed a bit longer. I liked the skins on the sweet potato slices - adds fiber and flavor. Pre-roasting the veggies would have turned them into mush and ruined the dish so I was glad I skipped it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really yummy! I doubled it and made two tarts. I also had trouble with the crust even after adding the additional shortening as suggested by another reviewer. I had so much difficulty rolling it out that I just left it kinda thick and crumbly. Next time I'll either take the time to make it thinner or I'll have to find some other crust recipe. It's a shame because the final product and flavors were delicious!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2012
crust problems! Won't be eating this until later but just wanted to say I agree that this crust is very unforgiving and problematic. I even took the advice of other reviewers and STILL had issues. As much as I love the health benes of the whole wheat flour I think I may experiment with only white flour next time (King Arthur of course) Pros: haven't eaten it yet! Cons: unforgiving Read More