Saturday, August 17, 2013

Summer indulgent living.

I made three of these, a testing one, one to serve to my overnight guests for breakfast, and one to send to my daughter. After I made the first one, I had to keep fussing with the recipe to get my own brand into each subsequent one. Totally worth the time it takes to get this on the table, or to pack it up and take to a party.

The recipe is adapted from The Cafe Sucre Farine, a marvelous food blog that delivers amazing surprises. Check it

Fontina and Goat Cheese Tart w/Crispy Hash Brown Crust

cooking spray
3oz of spinach or arugula  (I used 6oz Swiss chard, and it worked great)
2Tb butter, softened, plus more for the pan
1lb package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
8 large eggs
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 C half and half (I had whipping cream and it worked fine)
sea salt
6 oz grated Fontina cheese ( I didn't have Fontina; I used mozzarella)
2oz goat cheese, crumbled (goat cheese crumbles easily if you freeze for 20')
4 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions: (It really is important to follow each step carefully)
1. Place spinach on a plate and sprinkle lightly with water; cover and cook for one min. Let it cool.
2. Preheat oven to 375
3. Spray a 9x2.1/2inch springfoarm pan with cooking spray, then brush with sftened butter. Line the sides of the pan with strips of parchment paper brush with butter again so the crust can turn golden.
4. Place softened hash browns on a 3-4 thicknesses of paper towels and pat dry.
5. Put hash browns in a bowl with butter, one egg, one teaspoon salt and 1/4 t.pepper. Mix well. Pick up a handful of this mixture and pat the bottom and the sides of the prepared pan. This is the hardest part of the recipe, because how you manage this  crust building  is what you'll have in the end turning gold on you, and looking spectacular.
6. Place cooled vegetables on paper towels and pat dry.

Now, to read the rest of the recipe, you must visit the source. Go on. It's totally worth your time;

Tell Chris I've sent you to get some indulgence...


  1. Sneaky suspicion this is NOT on the food plan for lowering my A1C level .... my mouth is watering.

    1. Helen,
      It's indulgent food, not for daily living. I cook for a diabetic, and pre-diabetic, so our portions and nutrient values better fit our needs. This tart feeds eight people, so if you keep that in mind, and divide the total calories by eight, you get a reasonable amount of carbs and proteins nicely balanced.

  2. This looks simply gorgeous and full of great ingredients - I love Chris's blog also - good for you for sticking with it to get a great result!
    Mary x

  3. That sounds like a great way to make a pie crust :)

  4. That sounds yummy. I like to keep trying and making things my own. I never make it just like the recipe. I think something is broken in my brain when it comes to following recipes without at least some kind of tweak.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse