Goat Cheese and Leek Tart

This recipe is a featured recipe from the book P. Allen Smith's Seasonal Recipes from the Garden.

My first taste of fresh homegrown leeks was during my first year in college. We were studying the classification of plants and my biology professor, Dr. Clark, brought in an armload of these gorgeous vegetables to illustrate a member of the Allium genus. It was around mid-October, and I was surprised at how many leeks he still had in his garden. Later, I began growing my own supply of the delectable beauties. Once I discovered their mild, delicate flavor, I haven't been able to let a season pass without planting a few rows. Tender sweet leeks and tangy goat cheese are delicious partners in this rich savory tart. It's easy to prepare, and delicious as a brunch dish. Add a cup of soup and a salad for a great supper, or cut the tart into thin slices for a delightful appetizer.

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • Dough for 1 pie crust
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 pounds leeks (about 2 medium leeks)
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup snipped fresh chives (½-inch pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Place a baking sheet on the center shelf of the oven, and preheat the oven to 375°F.Very lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch-diameter tart pan with a removable bottom. Roll out the dough and press it lightly but firmly over the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan, being careful not to stretch it. Trim the edges, and then press the dough up about ¼ inch above the rim of the pan all around. Prick the bottom all over with a fork. Brush some of the beaten egg over the dough.
  2. Place the pan on the baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden. Check halfway through the cooking time to make sure that the pastry isn't rising up in the center. If it is, just prick it a couple of times and gently press it back down with the back of a fork. When the crust is done, remove the tart pan but leave the oven on.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling: Cut off the tough green tops of the leeks, leaving 2 to 3 inches of the tender green portion. Then make a vertical split down the center of each leek, and wash the leeks thoroughly to remove any sand or grit. Cut the leeks into ¼-inch-thick slices.
  4. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat, and add the leeks, artichoke hearts, chives, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook gently, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the goat cheese, yogurt, and remaining beaten eggs. Add the leek mixture and blend well. Pour the mixture into the baked tart crust, and return it to the oven. Bake the tart for 30 to 35 minutes, or until it's firm in the center and the surface has turned a nice golden brown. Remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before serving (this makes it easier to cut into portions).
  6. The best way to remove the tart from the tart pan is to ease the edge from the side of the pan with a small knife, and then place the pan on an upturned jar or a large can, which will allow you to carefully ease the ring away from the tart. Next, slide a long, thin knife between the pan base and the tart, and ease the tart onto a flat plate or board (or you can cut the tart into serving portions straight from the pan's base). Serve warm.

Comments

  • olesholman@gmail.com says:

    This sounds like a wonderful recipe to try for our next garden club meeting. I always look for good, unusual treats so we have vegetable to talk about during our meeting when we highlight a particular plant. Thanks.

    January 17, 2011 02:15am

  • patriciaiverstine@yahoo.com says:

    I had to try this receipt when I read it. I have never ate goat cheese before. I could not believe how creamy and rich it tasted. I love leeks and articokes and my husband enjoyed it so much, I know I will be making it more offen.

    January 14, 2011 03:59pm

  • shirleybehme says:

    After reading these reviews, I am sold on this recipe and can't wait to store opens so I can purchase what is needed. I have always wanted to make an onion tart and now I feel I can master it. Thanks Allen.

    January 14, 2011 04:50am

  • amp1008@aol.com says:

    super recipe and so forgiving - can use onions if leeks not available and any melty cheese on hand - a real keeper of a recipe for use as main dish or appetizer - way to go

    January 13, 2011 03:32pm

  • LuckyLaSalle says:

    I made Allen's Leek Tart - All on a winter's day. Easy prep and tasty - It blew me clean away

    January 12, 2011 06:58pm

  • drfrn40 says:

    As a huge fan of goat cheese, I will have to branch out from just crumbling it on a salad and try this tart recipe! Can't wait!

    January 12, 2011 05:36pm

  • averybird says:

    I made my first savory tart this year with a kabocha squash and now I'm hooked. The leeks and artichoke hearts seem like a great pairing with the goat cheese- looking forward to trying this one!~

    January 12, 2011 05:25pm

  • HEIDIFOLKS says:

    Absolutely love goat cheese! And coupled with the other main ingredients, this makes a great dish served with a mixed green salad with fruits. Thanks Alan for continuing to provide great house and garden tips that are tried and proven!

    January 12, 2011 04:55pm

  • Biene52 says:

    I'm always on the lookout for goat cheese recipes as my friend and I make that ourselves ..this one sounds wonderful

    January 12, 2011 03:34pm

  • LadyBug99 says:

    Just the sound of this recipe is delicious - goat cheese in a tart - how can you miss?!

    January 12, 2011 01:47pm

  • lunarchi says:

    The goat chesse and leek tart looks absolutely delicious! The healthy, meatless ingredients make me smile. The tasty combination will satisfy my husband's appetite. It is sure to become one of our favorites.

    January 12, 2011 11:25am

  • Connieps says:

    As a "dairywoman" for over 30 years, I am not very familiar with goat cheese but this recipe has made me a believer!

    January 12, 2011 10:51am

  • Debeye says:

    I love leeks.......my favorite of the onion family. I bet if you couldn't get goat's cheese in your area that feta cheese would work as well.

    January 12, 2011 10:46am

  • bshaw1221@windstream.net says:

    Such an easy and elegant meatless dish for my retired husband and myself! It is a taste of spring while we are snowed in here in Northeast Ohio. I also love reading the comments and background of the recipes.

    January 12, 2011 08:36am

  • moff66 says:

    Made it, loved it! Aristotle and Nero would have loved the leeks!

    January 12, 2011 07:18am

  • sacsally1 says:

    This is sooo yummy. An easy recipe, my boyfriend thinks I am a gourmet chef!
    I bet Marge loves it too, Meow

    January 12, 2011 12:46am

  • terrylwise1@gmail.com says:

    Great, unique combination of flavors and textures!

    January 11, 2011 05:57pm

  • schwat says:

    What a nice versatile recipe. You can easily build a tasty meal around it using all the food groups! Can't wait to grow some leeks in this year's garden. Mmmm....Mmmm.

    January 11, 2011 04:10pm

  • jan_kehm@hotmail.com says:

    Any goat would gladly contribute milk to be a part of this delectable creation.

    January 11, 2011 01:26pm

  • louiseldowney says:

    This is a wonderful combination of savory ingredients. I'm thrilled to use the leeks my husband dug up out of our garden under a foot of snow!! Bon Appetite!!

    January 11, 2011 01:12pm

  • lmp3@psu.edu says:

    I love cheeses and the tang of leeks is such a harmony of tastes. The recipe is easy to follow and it is fabulous.

    January 11, 2011 12:51pm

  • andream says:

    I'm a huge recipe collector and this sounds wonderfully delicious. I have never done alot of cooking with leeks but will definitely give this a try. It also makes me think I need to own your book. Thanks for the great recipe(s).

    January 11, 2011 12:26pm

  • HopScotchMama says:

    This dish is wonderful with a roasted red pepper and tomato soup. They compliment each other beautifully!

    January 11, 2011 11:44am

  • cmangrum says:

    Elegant recipe for fireside supper or backyard garden party with friends. The creamy goat cheese is complimented by the fressh taste of leeks. A keeper !!!

    January 11, 2011 10:40am

  • karenmcalister says:

    All I can say is "YUMMY"!!!!!!

    January 11, 2011 09:26am

  • phurst886@hotmail.com says:

    I like it because this recipe has my favorite ingredients-leeks, artichoke hearts, and goat cheese--and is very versatile. It is perfect for a light dinner or a wonderful appetizer.

    January 11, 2011 09:06am

  • marquismarie@yahoo.com says:

    I love it because it's something wonderful to keep on hand in the freezer or it's make a great Sunday nightsupper

    January 11, 2011 04:45am

  • nellielamb says:

    What's not to love? Goat cheese, yogurt., chives, leeks and artichoke hearts in a pie crust. Yuuuuum!

    January 11, 2011 02:19am

  • redhawk says:

    This sounds so good. I have never tried leeks except in chinese food. can't wait to plant a few in my garden.

    January 11, 2011 12:58am

  • antjori says:

    OMG...I love everything in this recipe!!! I can't wait to plant leeks in my garden this year so I can experiment cooking with them. You really inspire me to "be bold" or "think big" or "go for it"...whatever...Thanks for your inspirations!

    January 10, 2011 11:02pm

  • utvolslady says:

    The three main ingredients are all in my favorite list yummo!

    January 10, 2011 10:42pm

  • Brooklyngardener says:

    This recipe sounds delicious especially as I have a friend who has a goat farm in upstate NY and always shares goat cheese with us. Now, if I could find somone growing leeks . . . .

    January 10, 2011 08:40pm

  • SheMeows says:

    Sounds delicious and simple! And it combines two of my favorite vegetables, leeks and artichokes.

    January 10, 2011 06:27pm

  • bjflo says:

    Yum!! All of the ingredients have been added to my grocery list. I'll be making this for dinner very SOON!

    January 10, 2011 05:39pm

  • Busy Gardner says:

    I made this last week. Yummy and a great way to make you think of spring! They are harvesting leeks here so I was lucky to get some in my weekly market box.

    January 10, 2011 05:00pm

  • zipwoman54 says:

    Love this because it is delicious AND versatile. Use it for a weeknight dinner with a salad or soup. Slice it thin and serve as an appetizer. Or freeze it and use it later.

    January 10, 2011 04:56pm

  • EllenS says:

    This divine dish uses the leeks and artichokes and chives in my garden and the thick yogurt I make, is delicious hot or cold, wonderful for breakfast, lunch, dinner or hors d'oeuvres, AND is so easy to make. How could it not be my favorite?

    January 10, 2011 04:34pm

  • jhjazz says:

    Finally! A recipe using my favorite leeks that isn't Potato & Leek soup! So yummy and my non-leeky husband even said "This is a keeper!"

    January 10, 2011 04:23pm

  • rosie21 says:

    This sounds like a recipe I will try very soon..So often it is hard to find interesting Leek recipes(which I am always looking for).I am fond of them and like to try new ways of making them..This sounds yummy!!!

    January 10, 2011 04:03pm

  • emystar says:

    They all look good to me.
    blessings,
    emy

    January 10, 2011 04:00pm

  • susannakeller says:

    This is a great recipe to try for brunch or supper when you want to go meat free. All of these ingredients were in my pantry/fridge or readily available here at our winter farmers market. Great way to get those nutritious leeks into the diet!

    January 10, 2011 03:41pm

  • chick63 says:

    I love leeks and this recipe is adult and kid friendly!!!! It is easy to make also. You can make it ahead of time which is great for weekday dinners. thanks!!!

    January 10, 2011 03:31pm

  • bnpbolton says:

    Ahhhh! Goat cheese, greek yogurt, and artichokes! How can anything be better. My mouth is watering as we "speak"! Thank you for sharing!

    January 10, 2011 03:30pm

  • gmkay2@comcast.net says:

    A glass of red wine is not only a great appetizer but great for a light lunch.
    Thanks so much for such a easy, delicious treat.

    January 10, 2011 02:38pm

  • bmajkszak says:

    Rather than serving the usual quiche at my next brunch, I'll be surprising my guests with this unexpected tart. Fresh snipped chives from the herb garden really give the extra special touch.

    January 10, 2011 02:22pm

  • carwea@aol.com says:

    This is a great tasting, indulgent way to eat healthy and cut out the meat. I did use a butter substitute the second time with no loss of taste. I used the leeks we grew and froze last summer. Thanks, P. Allen, for a new favorite recipe

    January 10, 2011 02:20pm

  • DeannaB says:

    One day I will have my own goats and will make some cheese. Till then, this has all my favorite tastes wrapped into one tart.. The Greek yogurt sets it off!!! YUM-ERS!!!!!

    January 10, 2011 01:16pm

  • katran2 says:

    Three of my favorite things: leeks, goat cheese and artichokes.

    January 10, 2011 01:07pm

  • daisy522 says:

    The combination of flavors is fantastic! Everyone loved it!

    January 10, 2011 01:05pm

  • Fiesta216 says:

    This is a delicious and easy way to incorporate lots of protein and green vegetables, and I LOVE goat cheese! YUM!

    January 10, 2011 12:52pm

  • Brenda B. Kay says:

    We are trying to be a Vegetarian family at least once a week so I am always looking for good recipes. We love leeks, articokes and goat cheese so this recipe is perfect for our main entree! The flavors together are magnificient! Thank you for sharing.

    January 10, 2011 12:44pm

  • jeancastle says:

    I make my own goat cheese and love all the ingredients so this really caught my attention. That said, I love the other two recipes too

    January 10, 2011 11:49am

  • huthcs says:

    I love leeks, artichokes, and goat cheese so this recipe caught my eye! It is wonderful - even the "picky" eaters in our family declared it "Delicioso!" An easy & versatile recipe which is now on my list of "regulars!"

    January 10, 2011 11:08am

  • Mrsvquest says:

    I like goat cheese aqnd we have a good local maker, and I love leeks but don't know what to do with them so this is perfect!

    January 10, 2011 10:52am

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