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Ham, Goat Cheese and Vidalia Onion Tart {torta salata}

Ham, Goat Cheese and Vidalia Onion Tart {torta salata}

Planning for dinner is not always so easy. Some days I feel I have a good handle on it. Some days I just want to eat a sandwich or a bowl of soup! Some days I'm just graving a tart like this ham, goat cheese and Vidalia onion tart!

When caramelized onions are involved, everything seems much brighter (and more delicious!).

These tarts are so much fun to make. If you are not into making your own crust (I swear this crust is easy and it's ok if it doesn't look perfect when you roll it into the tart pan!!), you could buy a ready-made crust. But when you look at the list of ingredients on the box of a ready-made crust, you may be swayed to attempting to make your own crust. Plus, it tastes SO MUCH BETTER!!
Ham, Goat Cheese and Vidalia Onion Tart {torta salata}

Ham, Goat Cheese and Vidalia Onion Tart {torta salata}

Ham, Goat Cheese and Vidalia Onion Tart {torta salata}

Ham, Goat Cheese and Vidalia Onion Tart {torta salata}

If you don't have ham on hand, please add bacon. Really, it's ok! And if you are trying to avoid meat, sub in something like zucchini or mushrooms...just delicious!!


Ham, Goat Cheese and Vidalia Onion Tart
Ingredients
  1. Makes one 9-inch crust
  2. 2 teaspoons cold water
  3. 1 teaspoon cold cider vinegar
  4. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 4 ounces (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  7. 4 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  8. filling ingredients:
  9. 4 eggs
  10. 1/2 cup cream
  11. 1/2 cup milk
  12. 3 slices ham
  13. 1 small onion, sliced thin and caramelized
  14. 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  15. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  16. 4 Tablespoons goat cheese (or any other soft cheese)
  17. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Tart shell directions-Combine water and vinegar in a small bowl. Combine flour and salt in another bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut butter and cream cheese into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining.
  3. Add water mixture to dough in a slow, steady stream, stirring, until mixture just begins to hold together. (Alternatively, pulse ingredients in a food processor.) Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Press dough into a disk. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Filling Directions-
  5. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with cream and milk. Stir in ham, cooled onions and herbs.
  6. Roll dough to fit your chosen tart pan, then drape dough in pan. Neatly press dough up the sides of the pan and shape it. Set it on a sheet pan. Prick bottom of the tart with a fork. Scatter goat cheese over the tart. Pour in the egg mixture.
  7. Place the tart pan over a foil lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the tart is golden brown and the filling is set. Check tart at about 30 minutes. If the tart shell is browning too much, cover the tart with foil paper for the rest of the baking time. Let tart cool before removing from tart pan or slice directly in the tart pan when warm.

15 comments

  1. I'm the same way!! Sometimes a sandwich and bowl of soup are all I want for dinner! I love cooking with vidalia onions and this sounds wonderful!

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  2. Oh wow, Lora, this onion tart looks so scrumptious! Such beautiful caramelization too. I love crust btw. :) Happy weekend. It's been crazy. Need to catch up soon.

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  3. Yum, this tart looks so delicious! I can't wait to try you recipe soon for dinner! :)

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  4. I absolutely love this and guess what? I just got back from a tour of the Vidalia Onion fields. I came home with a bag of onions and guess what I'm doing with them first ; )

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  5. That lovely goat cheese bottom totally won me over!

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  6. I adore onion and thyme together. Heck, I adore everything that's in this tart. I agree with you too, home made crust tastes so much better than store bought.

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  7. I could eat that whole tart by myself. Seriously. It has all my favourite things!

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  8. I absolutely adore goat cheese, but it's the one thing my husband can't stand. And your tart is to die for!

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  9. I just realized I've never made anything with goat cheese. I've got to try this!
    PS: your tart looks amazingly delish!

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  10. I agree with caramelized onions, especially vidalia, making life better! Add goat cheese, and a homemade crust, and I can eat this for a week. Scrumptious Lora!

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  11. Lora, what a beautiful tart! I've never made a pie crust with cream cheese and cider vinegar before. I can't wait to try your crust recipe. I love making tarts 'n quiches. The combinations are endless and they always taste good.

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  12. I love caramelized onions in quiches and savory tarts but I'm loving the green herbs, the ham and cheese that you paired it with! Bookmarked this recipe!

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  13. […] pretty easily! I have a thing for savory tarts and have some other ideas here for you like this one and this also is a good one (it has bacon!).  And one more (with mixed vegetables). If you […]

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