Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Beetroot, Gorgonzola & Walnut Tart

Whilst many are busy preparing cards, presents, and food for the Christmas Season, it is useful to have a quick source of delicious, easy meal possibilities. By using good quality readymade puff pastry, which can be kept in the fridge, there are endless savoury and sweet meals that you can make - simply add some of your favourite ingredients. 
Beetroot, Gorgonzola & Walnut Tart
2 x320g packets ready-rolled puff pastry
375 g cooked beetroot, thinly sliced
300g gorgonzola dolce 
60g walnuts, coarsely chopped
If you prefer a stronger cheese use Gorgonzola Piccante or Stilton 
Heat oven to 200C or (220C non fan)
First lay one sheet of pastry on its parchment paper in the cooking tray. Arrange thinly cut beetroot over it, closely overlapping but leaving a 2cm margin at the pastry edge.
Tear gorgonzola into small pieces and dot it over the beetroot, and then sprinkle the walnut chunks on the top. Carefully lift the other sheet of pastry on top of the tart. Sealed the edges together, glaze the top with a beaten egg or simply brush on some milk. Make cuts across the tart, and bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden. Serve hot or cold.
A few weeks ago I purchased one single red Amaryllis lily bulb hoping that it would flower in time for Christmas, but it has already burst forth. It has four flowers open and another four more on the way.
I have placed it in a cool conservatory hoping to slow down its growth for the next two weeks. Yes! Christmas Day is just 14 days away.

35 comments:

  1. Hello Rosemary, I don't have the means to make such a tart, but I would like to taste the one you made--it looks so appetizing! About your Amaryllis, I know that you have a green thumb, but are you sure that it isn't actually a Jack-and-the-Beanstalk plant?
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - this one bulb has produced two very stout stems and so many flowers - I think that I was just lucky to pick this one.

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  2. I do love am Amaryllis at Christmas, and this will be stunning. Ours flowered about six weeks ago, so is all finished now. However, I have hopes for our bright red geraniums. Meanwhile I would absolutely enjoy your beetroot tart, and think we should include it in the Christmas festivities over here. Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. I find puff pastry a very useful addition to have in the fridge - you can always find something in the cupboards to go with it.
      Sliced apples topped with brandy laced, juicy fruit, mincemeat is also delicious to have during this Christmas period.

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  3. I love vegetarian food, but not bland. Gorgonzola makes the tart very tasty!

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    1. We are so fortunate today that we have such a wonderful array of foods that we can use to make tasty vegetarian dishes.

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  4. I'm very fond of all three ingredients so I'd probably like it. How far do I have to run afterwards to get rid of the calories?

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    1. Have it with salad, and then eat a lighter dessert - you are a really great walker anyway.

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  5. Your tart so pretty and it looks delicious. Frozen puff Pastry is so much fun to work with. There are so many things you can do with it.
    I have always loved Amaryllis. They are such fun to watch, it seems like they can shoot up several inches over night.

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    1. I love to have an Amaryllis at Christmas time - it looks so festive. Hope I can hold it back now that it is not in a central heating atmosphere.

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  6. Wonderful sounding tart! Lovely Amaryllis too! I'm sure you enjoy them both! Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Quick, easy tart to make - just the kind of recipe that I like.

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  7. Love, love this! Three of my most favorite foods - and I love making tarts both sweet and savory. I will definitely put puff pastry on my shopping list - I should keep it always in the freezer! May make this for Christmas Eve - looks much easier just cutting the strips once in place - and serve in small pieces as a finger food.
    Just starting an amaryllis so it won't be in bloom for Christmas - will hopefully brighten the dark, cold days of Jan. though. Yours is certainly a beauty Rosemary - holiday love to you both.

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    1. This Amaryllis has shot up so quickly - it must be the central heating I think. Love puff pastry for both sweet and savoury dishes. Sometimes it is a real life savour for me when I can't think what to make.

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  8. That tart looks delicious! And what is more beautiful in midwinter than a lushly blooming amaryllis?

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    1. It is also great if you have vegetarians visiting too.

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    1. It's a great combination that works well together.

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  10. I would never have thought of that combination although I can eat several golf ball sized baby beets straight out the pickle jar with chips. Looks nice though. I do like Stilton.

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    1. Stilton is one of my favourite cheeses too - these beetroot are in their natural form and have not been pickled.

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  11. That tart sounds like a perfect light meal. Blue cheese and beetroot are a great combination. What a gorgeous amaryllis!

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    1. Apparently beetroot is supposed to be very good for you too.

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  12. The tart looks tasty and I bet it was.
    Gorgeous flower and beautiful red.

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  13. Dearest Rosemary,
    Years ago I used to savor any cheese and very much loved the Gorgonzola but it is way to high in sodium content for my kidneys now.
    Lovely recipe and very clever too for preparing ahead of time and savoring it with friends around Christmas.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette - that is such a shame that you can longer eat cheese - cheese is something that I really enjoy in many dishes.

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  14. That looks good - I must look for some good gf pastry to try.

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    1. It makes a good good tasty dish and especially suitable for vegetarians.

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  15. I would never have thought of using beetroots , but what a great idea, sounds ( and looks ) delicious .

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    1. Beetroot appears to have come to the forefront having been forgotten. I remember having it as a child maybe because it was a vegetable that my father grew every year.

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  16. Dear Rosemary - Christmassy reddish colors of sweets and flowers made me into the mood of Christmas. I add red colors with red cyclamen to my house. Hope your passionate red Amallyris will last till the Christmas. All the sweets made my mouth water. I felt unfamiliar to “beetroot” but soon found it was called “beet” in Japan. It also has Japanese name “kaen-sai” meaning “flame-vegetable” from its color, but I’ve rarely heard its name spoken. From the color I can understand how nutritious it is and the color makes the tart more appealing visually.

    Yoko

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    1. Dear Yoko - Beetroots are apparently an excellent source of folic acid and fibre along with manganese and potassium. It is a very welcome vegetable to have on the plate adding its own unique flavour.
      I love having red flowers during the Christmas season, and this Amaryllis appears to be a very fine specimen - 8 flowers from one bulb at the same time, I think is quite exceptional.

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  17. Your tart looks beautiful and I’ll bet tastes delicious. It is something I am going to have to try, especially when I have a Brunch....thanks.

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