Bacon and Leek Tart

November 17, 2014
3 Ratings
Photo by Ashley Rodriguez
  • Makes one 9 inch tart
Author Notes

This recipe comes from my book, Date Night In. —Ashley Rodriguez

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan (packed)
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 strips regular cut bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  1. For the crust: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the flour, salt, and Parmesan in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and then pulse quickly about 20 times, or until the mixture is a sandy texture.
  2. With a few more pulses, blend in the ice-cold water. The dough should stick together when you pinch it between two fingers.
  3. Pour the crumbly dough into a 14 x 4-inch rectangular pan or 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough firmly up the sides of the pan. Then press the bottom to form a uniform base. Chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the tart shell from the refrigerator and poke it a few times with a fork. Place it on a baking sheet and slide the tart pan onto the oven’s middle rack. Bake for 15 minutes and then use a fork to poke any areas that may be bubbling up. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. For the filling: While the crust chills, prepare the filling. Stir together the ricotta, egg, garlic, thyme, pepper, salt, Parmesan, and nutmeg until well combined.
  6. While the crust bakes, sauté the bacon on medium heat in a medium skillet; stir often, until brown around the edges and just starting to crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Reduce the heat to low. Add the leeks to the pan with the cooked bacon and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 10 minutes, stirring often and separating the leeks, until they are soft and lightly browned in parts.
  7. Pour the filling into the par-baked tart crust. Top with the bacon and leek mixture. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the custard is slightly puffed and golden around the edges.
  8. Let the tart cool in the pan for 15 minutes before unmolding. Garnish with chives and serve warm or at room temperature. The crust can be made ahead, baked or unbaked, and frozen for up to 1 month.

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Author of Date Night In (2015) and creator of the blog, Not Without Salt.

2 Reviews

Darian October 13, 2019
I made this last night for dinner, served with a side salad. It was a big hit with my family, and I will definitely make it again. The crust was easy so I might use it with other fillings too. I agree with Kaite that the crust was a bit too salty. I will try cutting out the added salt next time. I used pancetta instead of bacon, and just now realized I forgot the chives at the end! It was delicious anyway.
Kaite August 1, 2016
This was my first ever tart, and boy was it good! The cheesy crust was enough to make my heart sing! Overall, I would cut back/out the salt. I did initially cut back on it, but personally I would drop the salt altogether. The parmesan adds enough salt in my opinion. My guests who ate it also agreed that it was too salty. Tasty otherwise! I will make it again.