Saturday, March 17, 2007

St Patrick's Day Tarts

Happy St. Paddy's Day to you all!

With our unseasonally warm weather here for March, I skipped the heavy soups and stews and root vegetable mash this year, for some puff pastry tarts with traditional Irish combinations. The tart above is inspired by colcannon. The tart features a base of braised and chopped kale, mixed with chopped leeks and topped with very thinly sliced baby potatoes (lightly sauteed in butter), and topped with crumbled goat cheese.

This tart has a base of sauteed leeks with "bacon" (Morningstar Bacon Strips) and Cotswold cheese.

Based on Egg & Bacon Pie, I added sauted leeks to this delicious tart (too bad the yolk broke).

And finally, in place of soup, I made this Potato & Leek tart.

They were all really good! And so easy to make.

Prefer something sweet? Try these recipes:

Irish Chocolate Whiskey Cakes

Irish Buttermilk Scones


Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Your pictures are so cute!
Love the one with the clover. Of course.
Good food.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Mindy T. said...

Thanks for the Irish cooking inspiration. Sure beats corned beef and cabbage, but don't tell my sainted grandmother!

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Yum! They look great... and make me want to whip up a batch of puff pastry straightaway.

And I like the clover shot, too. :)

10:40 PM  
Blogger Karina said...

You are the Goddess of Tarts!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

The kale tart looks delicious, with a blend of the bitter/assertive kale, the mellow potato, and the rich crust. Did the liquid from the kale cause any damage to the crust? Greens tend to cause problems for me on baked goods.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Thanks for all the kind comments!

marc - I braised the kale in a tiny amount of water so it was actually quite dry. I then chopped it with the sauted leeks to give it a little oil. it didn't leak any liquid in the cooking process and it was delish.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

That last potato leek tart.. I want it!

I love that picture of the Whiskey Cake.. it is soo cool!

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

your st patricks day picture is so delicious ... hehe

Wishin you a happy St. Patricks Days

here are some of my cute st patricks day graphics comments ...

Hope u like it ^^

10:38 PM  

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