Sunday, November 15, 2009

Goat Cheese & Leek Tart

Hang with me, people...I went savory.

TidyMom is having a Love the Pie! party today and I decided to make something a little different because woman cannot live by cookies alone. (I've tried.)

The only requirement was that the pie had to be made with a Pillsbury pie crust. No problem here, I think I used them exclusively the first 50 times I made pie. ;)

Goat Cheese and Leek Tart
(modified from Nov. '03 Everyday Food magazine)

1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust
1 bunch leeks, white & pale green parts only, thinly sliced into half moons and washed well (see tips below)
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt & pepper
4 oz. herb & garlic goat cheese, room temp
2 oz. plain goat cheese, room temp
2 oz. cream cheese, room temp
2 TBSP milk
3 egg yolks, divided
1/4 tsp dried thyme

Preheat the oven to 350 with rack on the lowest shelf. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Toss washed and dried leeks with oil, salt & pepper.

Beat together the goat cheese, cream cheese, milk, TWO of the egg yolks and thyme until smooth. Lightly season with salt & pepper.

Place the pie crust on the baking sheet.

Spread goat cheese mixture on top, leaving a 2-inch border.

Top with leeks.

Fold edge of crust over the filling, pinching folds together to seal.

With a fork, beat together th remaining egg yolk with 1 TBSP water. Use a pastry brush to apply to dough.

Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 45-55 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into wedges and serve at room temperature.

TIP: To clean leeks....
(I know this not because I cook with leeks a lot, but because I have watched more than my fair share of FoodTV.)

Cut off the dark green tops and roots of the leeks. Cut in half lengthwise, then into half moon shapes.

Place in a bowl of cold water and swish around with your hands to loosen the dirt.

Let sit a few minutes and the grit & dirt will fall to the bottom of the bowl.
I like to do this in a glass bowl, so I can SEE the dirt.

Scoop out the leeks and dry on paper towels.

I promise, back to sugar tomorrow. :) Be sure to check out all of the pie fun (and add your own) at TidyMom's Love the Pie! Party. more thing....this is a really good tart that will give you really horrible breath. If you're going to be smooching somebody, make sure your smoochee has eaten the tart, too. :)


  1. YUMMY! It's late lunch time here..and I'm hungry :-)

  2. I've been trying to figure out what to make for a lunch party later this week, and this tart looks perfect -- simple and elegant.

  3. It's the goat cheese that sucked me in....yum!

  4. Oh that looks amazing! I can't wait to make it. Haven't posted my pie yet, I'm still typing (not my best area) you are so creative, I love it!

  5. WOW Bridget that sounds and LOOKS amazing!! I have never cooked with leeks OR goat cheese! so this would be a real treat for us!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the party too!!


  6. Oh me..oh my Bridget!
    What a fab recipe to share!
    Your pics are just too awesome...what camera/lens do you use for these close up shots?
    I'll be adding this recipe to my 'looks scrumptious' file!

  7. This would definitely be a pleasant treat in my house. As soon as I saw goat cheese mentioned in the recipe title I had to check this out.

  8. wow, you threw me off...didn't know if I was in the right sugar, WHA?
    But I have to say this does look delicious ~ great job with those leeks!

  9. Teresa...I just have a little point & shoot camera. It's a Fuji FinePix. I use the macro setting quite a bit and take LOTS of pictures for every one you see here. ;) I probably spend as much time editing pictures as a do baking, LOL!

  10. Looks yummy! I love goat cheese and garlic!

  11. Goodness, Bridget went savory on us! And a beautiful, yummy savory to boot! That looks perfectly delicious!

  12. Scrumptious Bridget!! You made it look beautiful too!!


  13. Haha I was so confused when I clicked on your post in my reader and the subject wasn't something sweet! ;-) Looks delicious though, what a great savory tart!

  14. Bridget I LOVED my Fuji FinePix point and shoot!! I LOVED IT!! that's what I had before my DSLR - that camera lasted me almost 5 yr, then it died one day! :-( both of my daughters have Fuji FinePix cameras too! they're just great cameras!!


  15. Hey, you can go savory ANY DAY, if the recipes are like this one! And of course I loved the little tip you gave in the end! :D

  16. This looks sooo delicious! I know the kids probably wouldn't like it, but they certainly would like helping mom make it for herself :D

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Love the savory recipe... your tart looks beautiful!

  18. Looks great! And thanks for the tip for cleaning leeks :)

  19. this tart looks absolutely delicious! cant wait to try it, cheers from london

  20. I’ve awarded Bake at 350 an Award on Sugarcrafter! Thanks for being such an inspiration! :-)

    One Lovely Blog Award

  21. yum - I'm definitely going to make this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  22. anything with goat cheese is just awesome in my eyes! this is something i cannot wait to make!

  23. Leeks! I have such a problem with leeks! I don't particularly care for them, but I always think that 'this recipe' or 'that recipe' is going to make me change my mind. Somehow they are going to be transformed into something magical and not taste like leeks at all!

    And, see, here I go again. Because you said goat cheese. And your pictures look scrumptious. Leeks! *sigh*

    I think I need help.

  24. I'll follow your recipe to the last detail and hopefully i can have it done perfectly. 'll try it and share with my family.


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