This delicious savoury roasted beet and feta tart is sweet and tangy, with caramelized onions, creme fraîche, mustard, and a pastry flavoured with thyme. It is perfect for a picnic, bbq or light lunch.
July is beetroot season and these days the markets have them in plentiful supply, so what better way to enjoy the humble beet than with this tasty feta and beetroot tart.
Sweet beetroot and caramelized onions pair wonderfully with salty creamy feta cheese and a tiny bit of dried thyme adds a lovely flavour to the crust.
The filling is a mixture of feta, creme fraîche and mustard so it is both creamy and tangy.
This tart has a thin crust so it is lighter and uses less filling than a quiche making it perfect for a light summer lunch, picnic or BBQ.
It can be served straight away while still warm or after resting for a while at room temperature.
We usually prepare it a few hours in advance or better still the day before to allow the flavour to develop over time.
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Select beetroot that is firm and smooth.
Useful Tip: If you find a bunch of beets with their crisp leaves attached do not discard them, keep them aside to add to a soup or steam briefly and serve with garlic, salt and butter.
Beets can be prepared in advance as once roasted they will keep in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
When choosing a good quality feta, look for one which is white, firm and crumbly, with a tangy, creamy flavour and clean fresh aroma.
Trim the stems a couple of inches from the beets, and rinse carefully taking care not to tear the skin or the red juices will leak out. Place on a baking tray (no need to oil), and bake at 190℃/170℃ fan/375℉ for 1 hour, or till soft and tender (press gently using a wooden spoon). Allow to cool before peeling.
Yes you can. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours, or place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to a month, then defrost in the fridge overnight. Freezing may slightly dehydrate the dough so you may need to add a few drops of water before using.
We usually serve this tart with a green leafy salad for a light lunch or alongside grilled meats such as these yummy lamb ribs.
Cover the tart with plastic wrap or wax paper and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
It can also be frozen for up to a month, any longer might alter the texture of the pastry.
Cut into slices and place in a sealed container using parchment paper to separate the slices. Defrost in the fridge overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.
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Feta And Beetroot Tart
- 180 grams all purpose flour 1½ cups
- 110 grams cold butter ½ cup, cut into cubes
- a pinch dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium red onion finely sliced
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 180 grams creme fraîche ¾ cup
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 medium eggs lightly beaten
- 220 grams roasted beetroot 2 cups, diced (2-3 large beets)
- 200 grams feta cheese 1¼ cup, cubed
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped (flat leaf)
Prepare the pastry
- Preheat the oven to 190℃/170℃ Fan/375℉, and grease a loose bottom 8-inch tart pan.
- 180 grams all purpose flour, a pinch dried thyme, 1 teaspoon saltSift the flour into a bowl and add the thyme and salt.
- 1 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons cold waterUsing your fingers rub the butter into the flour till it is like breadcrumbs and add the water 1 tablespoon at a time to make a smooth dough (if it seems a little dry, add a few more drops of water). Roll into a ball, wrap and leave it to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Unwrap and break off small pieces to line the bottom and side of the pan, pressing into the sides of the pan. Use a fork to make holes in the pastry, then line with parchment paper and cover with baking beans or raw rice. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes then remove paper and beans, reduce the temperature to 180℃/160℃ fan/350℉ and bake for a further 5 minutes.
Prepare the filling
- 110 grams cold butter, 1 medium red onion, 1 clove garlicIn a skillet on low heat, melt butter and saute the sliced onion. Stir and cook till the onion turns golden, then add garlic and cook for a further minute (till the garlic turns a light golden). Remove from heat and set aside.
- ½ teaspoon salt, 180 grams creme fraîche, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 2 medium eggs, 200 grams feta cheeseIn a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the creme fraîche, eggs, salt, mustard and crumble in the feta (keep some aside to crumble over the tart).
- Heat the oven to 190℃/170℃ Fan/375℉.
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, 220 grams roasted beetrootAdd the beets and onions to the pastry shell and pour the creme fraîche mixture over the top. Add the remaining feta and bake for 15 minutes, till the filling is set. Garnish with parsley and serve warm or at room temperature.
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