The first time I made a Tarte Tatin was this past summer with a friend from Grand Rapids, MI. We had both seen the sweet Tomato Tarte Tatin recipe featured in the August 2010 Bon Appétit magazine, and we adapted it into this earthy and savory version that uses an assortment of greens in place of tomatoes. —inpatskitchen
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: Inpatskitchen is a retired teacher and paralegal from Troy, MI.
WHAT: A cheesy, savory tart filled with buttered potatoes and leafy greens.
HOW: In a 10-inch sauté pan, brown halved fingerling potatoes in olive oil and butter. Cover them evenly with sautéd leek, fennel, kale, and escarole seasoned with salt and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle with Swiss cheese, cover with puff pastry, and bake until golden. Serve the tart inverted on a plate to display the potatoes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: If the only Tarte Tatin you've enjoyed have contained caramel and apples, this vegetable-laden take will make you wonder why you haven't found a place for savory tarts in your dinner rotation. The greens contrast the not-too-creamy cheese, the fennel provides a nutty flavor, and the pastry provides a flaky finish. Enjoy it as is, or drape some prosciutto over top for a truly decadent side dish.
one 10-inch tart (about 6 side servings)
For the potatoes:
fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
For the greens and assembly:
diced fennel bulb (also known as anise bulb)
In a heavy 10-inch sauté pan, melt the butter and olive oil. Place the halved potatoes in the pan cut side-down. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and lightly browned. Let cool and arrange them, still cut side-down, in a pretty pattern in the pan. Set aside.
In a separate sauté pan, prepare the greens for the tart. Warm the olive oil, then sauté the diced leek and fennel bulb in it for about 2 minutes.
Add the kale, escarole, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add a few tablespoons of water if the greens seem dry. Cover and let them steam for about 8 minutes. Let cool.
To assemble the tart, cover the sautéd potatoes with the greens and sprinkle evenly with the Swiss cheese.
Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface to anywhere between 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick and cut it to fit over the pan, trimming the corners. Tuck any excess pastry into the pan with a knife.
Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to loosen the tart, then invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!