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This is probably my all time favorite recipe. It is extremely decadent and rich. A bit time consuming but it's worth it!! Adapted from Gourmet. Please use your favorite dough recipe or a prepared crust!
- 1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound)
- 3 1⁄2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 small onion
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 large egg yolk (1/2 tablespoon)
- 1⁄3 cup heavy cream
- 3⁄4 cup grated italian Fontina cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)
- 1⁄3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (about 1 ounce)
- 1⁄4 cup crumbled mild soft goat cheese (about 1 ounce)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced fresh herbs, such as rosemary,thyme,and marjoram leaves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄3 cup fine fresh breadcrumb
- Using a prepared pie crust or your favorite crust recipe. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough into a 12-inch round (about 1/8 inch thick).
- Fit dough into an 11-inch tart pan with a removable fluted rim.
- Freeze shell 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights or raw rice.
- Bake shell in middle of oven until edge is pale golden, about 20 minutes.
- Carefully remove foil and weights or rice and bake shell 10 minutes more, or until bottom is golden.
- Leave oven on.
- Cool shell in pan on a rack.
- Halve squash and scoop out seeds.
- Lightly brush each cut side with about 1 teaspoon oil and on a baking sheet roast squash, cut sides down, in middle of oven 40 minutes, or until soft.
- While squash is roasting, thinly slice onion and in a heavy skillet cook in 1/2 tablespoon butter and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Cool squash and scoop out flesh.
- In a food processor purée squash.
- Add whole egg, egg yolk, and cream and blend well.
- Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in cheeses, herbs, onion, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Pour filling into shell, smoothing top.
- In a small skillet melt remaining tablespoon butter and stir in bread crumbs until combined well.
- Sprinkle bread crumb mixture evenly over filling.
- Bake tart in middle of oven 40 minutes, or until filling is set.
- Cool tart in pan on rack 10 minutes and carefully remove rim.
This tart is so flavorful,and should be on a Thanksgiving table as a side dish.Perfect. I made no changes. As a cook, I found it easy to make.
This certainly is different, but I loved it. I used a red onion which was a medium size and used some chopped basil and marjoram. It has a different texture from normal tarts and the sweet of the squash goes really well with the saltiness of the cheeses. Well done