Late Summer Vegetable Galettes are a fabulous first course or amazing appetizer
By Betty Rosbottom
To keep the prep time to a minimum I used purchased puff pastry sheets for the tart shells and cut them into squares. The filling for the tarts is also a breeze. A creamy spread made with goat cheese and Parmesan is smoothed over the bottom of each pastry shell and topped with sauteed shallots and garlic. Then, very thinly sliced tomatoes and zucchini are arranged to slightly overlap each other as a final layer. When baked, the puff pastry becomes golden and crisp, and the roasted vegetables tender and sweet. A sprinkle of fresh julienned basil is the only garnish needed.
A single recipe yields 8 of these picture perfect tarts, which could be served as a fabulous first course or offered with a green salad and a glass of iced tea for a light lunch. Or, you can cut the tarts into quarters and offer them as appetizers with a glass of wine.
LATE SUMMER VEGETABLE GALETTES
Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet set over medium high heat. When hot, add shallots and saute, stirring, until softened and lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute, stirring, 1 minute more. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, Parmesan and cayenne pepper, and stir with a fork to blend well.
Place one puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface, and with a rolling pin, gently flatten the seams. Cut each sheet into four equal squares. With a sharp knife, lightly score a 3/4 inch border around the inside edge of each pastry square, taking care not to cut all the way through the dough. (You simply want to trace a frame within each square, which will rise around the filling and form the sides of each tart.) Repeat with the second pastry sheet. Transfer squares to 2 baking sheets.
Divide cheese mixture evenly and spread within borders of each square. Top with shallot mixture and refrigerate for 5 minutes. Arrange alternating zucchini and tomato slices, slightly overlapping, on top of filling in each square. (You may not need to use all the vegetables.) Season each tart with salt and pepper, then drizzle lightly with some olive oil. Bake tarts until sides have puffed and are golden brown and filling is hot, about 20 minutes. Reverse baking sheets after 10 minutes. Watch carefully. (The tarts can be baked 4 hours ahead; leave at cool room temperature and reheat in a preheated 350 degree oven until hot, about 10 minutes.)
Garnish each tart with julienned basil and with a fresh basil sprig if desired.
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