Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
I love blue cheese. I love pretty much anything wrapped in pastry, but especially savory tarts and quiche. The original recipe from Every Day with Rachael Ray was very good, but I wanted something a bit more loaded. So I just added a couple of extra ingredients to make it more to my family's liking. Rachael Ray served this with bagged salad greens with a lemon and oil vinaigrette, which works well. It is a rich tart and the acidity of the vinaigrette and some good mixed baby greens does give a nice contrast. However, I just make a small salad of cut fresh fruit dressed with a bit of fresh lime juice and a light dusting of ground ginger or cinnamon, depending on which fruits I am using. Either way, this makes a nice little lunch or light dinner and in my opinion is just as good at room temperature as it is warm from the oven.
- 9 inches refrigerated pie crusts (or homemade pie crust)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 3 ounces bacon or 3 ounces prosciutto, chopped
- 8 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
- 1 large egg
- 4 scallions, green and white parts, sliced
- 1 large avocado, sliced
- 3 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Unroll the pie crust and press it into a 9-inch tart pan or pie plate. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork, brush with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes.
- While the crust bakes, cook bacon or prosciutto until crisp and drain on kitchen paper or paper towels.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, blue cheese, crisply cooked bacon or prosciutto, scallions and egg until combined.
- Remove the tart shell from the oven and immediately prick with a fork in a few places.
- Spoon the cheese mixture into the tart shell and top with the tomato and avocado slices; season with pepper and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the tart from the oven and let cool slightly.