Beet Crostata with a Pepper-Parmesan Crust

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Author Notes: I love beets, but don’t get around to cooking them often because my husband hates them. Lucky for me, I had two great excuses to bring beets back into the kitchen - this week’s theme and dinner with my best friend, who loves beets and goat cheese (my husband hates goat cheese even more than beets). This tart wraps the classic combo of beets, goat cheese, and walnuts into a peppery and flaky shell. These savory bites are great as appetizers, a main dish, or even an after-dinner cheese course, especially for non-meat eaters. Don’t worry….my husband didn’t go hungry…he actually does like beet greens!monkeymom

Serves 6

Pepper-Parmesan Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 pound cold butter (1 stick), diced
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

Beet Filling

  • 1 pound beets (any color/type)
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • goat cheese
  • walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Cut greens from beets. Rinse and dry beets. Then wrap in foil. Wrap garlic in foil after drizzling with olive oil. Bake beets and garlic at 350°F for 1 hour. Unwrap and let cool completely.
  2. For crust, put flour, salt, pepper, and parmesan in a food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water while pulsing until just before the dough becomes a solid mass. Turn dough onto a floured surface and form into a disk. You can wrap with plastic and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Reduce balsamic vinegar until it becomes syrupy (reduced to about 1/3). This happens pretty quick. Remove to small bowl.
  5. Remove peel from beets (they should easily slide off. You can peel directly into the foil and discard). Slice beets into rounds and set aside.
  6. Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Roll out one portion to ¼ in thick round about 6-8 inches in diameter. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  7. Cut roasted garlic bulbs cross-wise so each clove is halved. Squeeze out roasted garlic onto dough and spread around leaving a 1 in border. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Arrange 1/3 of beets slices in a round on top of garlic. Generously tuck goat cheese and walnuts between slices. Sprinkle with salt.
  9. Drizzle with 1/3 of reduced balsamic vinegar. Finely grate a little orange rind evenly on top. Turn and pleat edges over toppings. Drizzle with olive oil.
  10. Brush dough with beaten egg. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown. Let cool slightly.
  11. Drizzle with olive oil and serve. A squeeze of orange and/or a sprinkling of parmesan is nice too.

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about 2 years ago Seaside Gardener

Interesting personal comments, but I wish people would post reviews after they
actually make the recipe.


over 5 years ago solmstea

Wow, this looks beautiful! Going to have to try this. I love crispy cheesy crusts.


over 5 years ago Jennifer Ann

these are so pretty, and sound delicious! I am going to tuck this away in my recipe box for entertaining soon.


over 5 years ago Cheryl Arkison

Phew, my husband would love this. Adding it to the "must-do" list.


over 5 years ago gluttonforlife

I'm thinking there's some sort of Y chromosome issue here, because MY husband hates beets, too! And he's not otherwise a picky eater! Next time, he's away, it's beet crostata for me!


over 5 years ago monkeymom

When my husband read through this he said "I eat beet greens, but I didn't say I liked them". So I guess I'm in the same boat as mrslarkin. My husband was very happy that he isn't the only beet-hating guy around!


over 5 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

That is hilarious! My husband is a charter member of the beet / feta / goat cheese hating club too ...


over 5 years ago nannydeb

Include my husband in that club too...


over 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

And I thought I was the only one whose husband hated all the foods I like (beets, goat cheese, parmesan, mustard, feta cheese, all greens except spinach, walnuts...the list goes on and on...)

This looks wonderful--I'm spending a few days with my sister next month; maybe I'll make it for her!


over 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Great idea! My husband can't stand beets either. And it's funny because he likes almost everything else. I make a lot of small individual tarts through the year and will definitely make this one. And so beautiful.


over 5 years ago arielleclementine

oh i love this! beautiful!


over 5 years ago kaykay

You've got the beet! These look beautiful. Magazine-worthy...Looking forward to trying them!


over 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Your husband sounds like my husband (minus liking the beet greens.) Love your recipe - very inventive! They look like rustic little fruit pies!