Jerusalem Artichoke and Parmesan Tart

Jerusalem Artichoke and Parmesan Tart

Serves 6

Tarts like this one, which is savory, buttery and filling, are great for serving on the weekends at the brunch or lunch table. Accompany slices of this delicious light main course with a simple green salad and a glass of fresh juice or Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients: 
  • Polenta Pastry
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup coarse polenta (cornmeal)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, slightly softened, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Artichoke and Parmesan Tart
  • 3/4 pound Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon brown rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
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Method: 

For the pastry, put flour, polenta, and salt into a large bowl and stir together. Rub butter into flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in Parmesan and thyme and add just enough egg to bind dough together. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 10-inch circle and press into a 9-inch tart pan. Cover and chill for 45 minutes to allow dough to rest. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake tart shell for 15 minutes. Once removed from oven, reduce heat to 300°F.

For the artichoke and Parmesan tart, put artichokes, vinegar and salt into a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, cooking it for about 15 to 20 minutes. (Don't let artichokes break up.) Strain artichokes and pat them dry. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for about 1 more minute. Take off heat and drain well. Mix the half-and-half, sour cream, Parmesan, egg yolks, and eggs in a small bowl and add to the onion mixture. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Arrange artichokes in an overlapping fashion in the tart shell. Pour sour cream mixture over artichokes and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until filling is set. Serve tart warm or cold.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:410 calories (250 from fat), 28g total fat, 17g saturated fat, 210mg cholesterol, 740mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 11g protein
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