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I'd like to serve a ricotta, goat cheese tart, topped with marinated tomatoes and zucchini. Meal will be light and vegetarian for 6. What else would you serve? I'd like to keep things seasonal and balanced as far as flavor and texture go.

  • Posted by: ATG117
  • August 17, 2013


Devangi R. August 20, 2013
Aww! Thanks Alexsandra and, it had cilantro. Haahha. Just today I learnt that you don't like cilantro. Infact, everything was so delicious at the gathering including your cookies.
Devangi R. August 20, 2013
You can do so much with fresh produce. you can start off with avocado lassi in small shot glasses, something with corn may be corn cakes which were featured here few weeks ago, you can also make Khaman by adding some corn kernels into it. It is light and airy and steamed. If you want you can avoid the tempering part.Here's the link - and for dessert I would say go with fresh figs, with masacarpone or may be mini mango curd tartlets with berries and serve it with whipped cream/meringue. If you want the recipe for mango curd I can give you. Its divine. With fresh peaches, amanda's peach tart is also really good option. Do share later whatever you plan to do. I would love to know.
QueenSashy August 20, 2013
I had the privilege of trying PistachioDougnut's Khaman at the recent Food52 gathering, and it was incredible...
Sam1148 August 20, 2013
Sliced tomatoes with field peas, Fried okra and sweet corn (off the cobb), and a dressing of Chive Buttermilk dressing. (Almost ranch).

Maybe move the Tomato and Zucchini topping of the tart to another dish to keep flavors and repeats down?

A Grilled Flat bread with a spread of grilled egg plants..and herbs would be nice for all with herbs (mint, cilantro, basil, parsley) and a bowl of good olive oil infused with garlic and pepper flakes. Or several flat bread spreads: Hummus with red bell pepper, Eggplant, Olive, A curry or chunty fruit based sauce. Etc.
QueenSashy August 19, 2013
Here are three outstanding summer dishes, I think that would all go well with your tart
Bevi August 18, 2013
I just submitted a corn, basil, and ground cherry salad that is really nice. The ground cherries have a sweet taste that is off set by the basil and the vinaigrette.
ATG117 August 18, 2013
Thanks all. I was thinking big green salad and maybe a corn dish, still trying to figure out which flavor profiles I'll go with. In case anyone has additional suggestions, I'm now open to going non-veg as well. I'd like to add a little more heft to the meal (even though I personally love nothing more than a light meal). Some ideas I'm considering to add to the tart and salad: An egg dish of some sort, a beet pasta that is inspired by a Melissa Clark recipe (though I', concerned about making things too carb heavy), and this:
Kristen W. August 18, 2013
I think a salad of bitter greens with roasted figs (and maybe some toasted walnuts and a little chèvre or shaved manchego or parm) would provide a nice counterpoint to your tart. Roasted figs are the nectar of the gods, IMHO...
ATL August 17, 2013
Would you be willing to share the recipe for the tart? Sounds like a winner!
petitbleu August 17, 2013
A salad of frisée, watercress, and herbs (basil, mint...). Dessert could be a seasonal fruit compote with shortbread and whipped cream with crème fraîche or mascarpone folded in.
pierino August 17, 2013
I would serve it with goat (I mean it) except that it would then cease to be vegetarian. After that I would think along the lines of a potato based soup, either cold or warm. Vichysoisses would work.
lloreen August 17, 2013
I love the previous suggestions...I just got back from the farmer's market and the peaches are splendid. If they are in season where you are too, grilled peaches over ice cream would be delicious for dessert. Gazpacho is my go to summer soup, but since you already have tomatoes on the menu, how about a chilled cucumber and cream soup...maybe with some tarragon. Mrs Larkin has a great recipe for radishes with hone and marscapone for appetizers...maybe alongside a dip, like "borani esfanaaj" yoghurt and spinach dip with some pots crisps or something similar....for 6 you might want a simple but satisfying start to the meal since it is light. Sounds like a delicious tart!
Rachel S. August 17, 2013
I really like the soup and salad idea; I also think that sautéed corn with basil would be a great side, as it is simple and seasonal but would provide a nice textural contrast to the tart (and the basil would work well with the cheese, tomatoes, and zucchini.
calendargirl August 17, 2013
Your tart sounds delicious! What about framing it with a bountiful but simple salad of tossed greens with a vinaigrette dressing and a summer soup (gazpacho, perhaps?). Mrslarkin's lemon posset makes a refreshing and incredibly easy dessert, garnished with whatever fresh berries are available at your market or in your garden.
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