polenta tart with goat cheese and slow roasted tomatoes

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One of the things I really like about blogging is interacting with people who share my interest in and passion for food.  I follow many food blogs to gain inspiration and to learn from other cooks and bakers.  For example, the idea of combining polenta and tomatoes came from a fellow blogger, Lizzy, who shared with me her recipe for soft polenta and tomatoes.  I would have never thought of that pairing on my own. Polenta, which is made from ground corn, is a very versatile ingredient. It can be served soft, like a porridge, or firm, usually cut into slices. Polenta can be served plain or with added ingredients like herbs and cheeses. I recently discovered that it could also be used to make crusts for tarts.  I ran across this recipe for polenta tart with goat cheese and tomatoes from the Whole Foods Market website and I knew that this would be perfect with slow roasted tomatoes.

First of all, preparing polenta gives your arm a good workout because of the constant stirring needed while it cooks.  However, as a trade off, there is no kneading or rolling required.  The polenta crust had a slightly toasted nutty flavor.  It is a healthier alternative to traditional pastry crusts, and it is also naturally gluten-free. I only had the stone-ground polenta so the crust had a little more grainy texture, yet it was also crispy.  While the crust had a more neutral flavor, the tartness of the goat cheese went very well with the sweetness of slow roasted tomatoes and the sweet pungency of the basil garnish.  Chris proclaimed that this dish is one of his new favorites.  I hope you enjoy it as well!

Polenta Tart with Goat Cheese and Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Adapted from a recipe found in WholeFoodsMarket.com
Yields 4 individual servings

4 ounces goat cheese, softened
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 1/2 cups finely ground dry polenta (cornmeal)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 cups vegetable stock or cold water
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups slow roasted tomatoes steeped in olive oil (click here for recipe)
1/4 cup loosely packed chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil from the slow roasted tomatoes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil 4 individual-sized tart pans with removable base with olive oil cooking spray and set aside.

Combine goat cheese and 2 tablespoons chopped basil.  Set aside.

Combine polenta, salt, and garlic powder with vegetable stock or water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese and continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Cool polenta slightly and then transfer to prepared tart pans. Spread polenta evenly over bottom and up the sides of the pans. Bake until dry and crisp on edges, about 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread a thin layer of goat cheese/basil mixture over crust. Divide evenly and arrange roasted tomatoes on top of the cheese. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes longer, until the goat cheese and tomatoes are heated through. Before serving, remove the sides from the tart pan and garnish the top with remaining basil and a drizzle of garlic-infused olive oil leftover from the slow roasted tomatoes.

Adapted from a recipe from WholeFoods.com

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24 thoughts on “polenta tart with goat cheese and slow roasted tomatoes

  1. Pingback: Bacon Cheddar Scallion Breakfast Tart with Grits Crust |

  2. To second the opinion of another comment – this is genius! I must try it, the polenta crust looks awesome! Does it come off the sides of a dish easily, by the way?

  3. Juls and Megan (Scholasticfood), visual appeal is important since we eat with our eyes first so I think I’ve succeeded with this dish since the colors and the presentation attracted you.

    Sara, goat cheese goes with so many things, doesn’t it?

    TLT – Thanks. The polenta crust is new to me and so good!

  4. This looks so delicious. Every single ingredient in this recipe is delicious and combining them can only lead to something wonderful. I love the bright colors in your photo!

    • I just checked out your blog and your photos are so beautiful. I could inspire you to cook, and you’ve definitely inspired me to take more photos. I love your posts where you explain the anatomy of a photo. I’m an amateur photographer and I have so much to learn.

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