Sunday, November 15, 2009

Variations on a theme

Apples - cheese - herb - and a splash of something. All together in a tart (mini or otherwise).

Today I ran across a recipe using apple and goat cheese on Seven Spoons -- which leads me to posit that any kind of savory dessert tart can be made from:
1 fruit
1 cheese
1 herb
1 nut
1 liquid to provide added moisture.

I'm thinking of where this could lead me in the future: starting with fruit, I'm imagining wildly different things with cranberries, or tangerines, or even kiwi or star fruit. What would happen with a custard apple? Or a passionfruit? Or if I start with cheeses, I can go wild, strong, mellow, or mild: the range from a hard nutty flavour through a blue cheesiness or over to goat or sheep or go mild with ricotta or buffalo mozarella. Nuts can be strong or pungent or contribute their own special oil. Wow, what a kaleidoscope of flavours to be had!

Let me know if you decide to make a tart, and what combination you choose to use.


  1. Ok, I'm thinking along the lines of figs, patashios, mascarpone, balsamic vinegar for the extra moisture, but I'm stuck on an herb that would tie it altogether.


  2. tarragon? what about lemongrass?

  3. Hmmm; lemongrass might be too strong and tarragon; I'm just not sure. There has got to be an herb out there that would work with this combo. I'll bet we could find something at Richters.