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Tomato Bacon Goat Cheese Tart

Tomato Bacon Goat Cheese Tart

  • Servings: 4-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomato Bacon Goat Cheese Tart
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This summer I have been loving tomatoes so I went to store thinking I was going to make a roasted tomato pasta with pancetta, basil and goat cheese. I just love that combo of the tangy goat cheese, sweet tomatoes and salty crunchy bacon/pancetta. I have been working this combo on sandwiches, salads and pastas all summer. So at the grocery store the pancetta just looked too fatty so I opted for bacon and trimmed it up a bit. When picking up some frozen fruit, I spotted the puff pastry and thought I would turn the meal in to a tart instead of pasta.

It turned out amazing and it has so many other possibilities You could cut them into appetizer portions which would be great for a party or finger food. You could make them into pockets or hand pies and obviously change up the ingredients. But why would you consider such insanity? Try it this week. You will not be disappointed.


Ingredients

Goat Cheese (one small package)
Handful of heirloom and cherry tomatoes
Fresh Basil
Three strips of trimmed butcher cut bacon
1 shallot
2 cloves of garlic
Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp of brown sugar
Kosher Salt and Pepper

Directions:
1. In a medium low heated cast iron skillet add your trimmed and diced bacon and the shallot. Cook this low and slow until the bacon is crispy. Right before you remove it add your minced garlic and brown sugar and turn off the heat and let it cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Remove and set aside on a paper towel.
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2. While your bacon is slow cooking. Preheat your oven to 350-400 degrees. Slice your tomatoes and pat them dry. Sprinkle and drizzle salt, olive oil and balsalmic vinegar and roast them for about 20 minutes. Set them aside and pat some of the juice off of them. This will turn into a jam like mixture but you don’t want it too wet because the pastry will be too soft.

3. After your puff pastry has thawed for 20 minutes or so start the assembly process. I brushed some of the bacon fat on the edges of the pastry. Then I crumbled the goat cheese and spread the bacon mixture.
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Now add your tomato “jam” evenly and then top with some more goat cheese that you might have left, basil and sprinkle some salt and pepper.
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4. Bake for about 13 minutes or until the pastry is done. Slice, eat and enjoy.
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Ham Swiss Sliders

Ham Swiss Sliders

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ham Swiss Sliders
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As I mentioned before, we have had pounds of left over baked ham. This happens to us a bit when doing roasts and hams etc.. Jill really likes ham and cheese sandwiches. I noticed a ton of pins with this recipe for ham and swiss sliders. You have likely seen them if you dabble in food pintrest activities.

These really turned out well. When you see the hundreds of pins for this recipe you will see a lot of hyperbole hype about the sauce. Yeah it changes the overall sandwich for the better, but just level setting with you that it isn’t the most incredible thing ever. I mean it’s flavored butter with onions, Dijon and sugar. Also, most recipes you will find are for an army of sandwich eaters or the Duggar family. Since it was just us, I made a smaller batch.

Ingredients:
Ham (I used leftover Easter baked ham, deli works)
Swiss Cheese
Kings Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
Dukes Mayo

1/4 cup of butter
1 tbs of dried minced onions
1 tsp of poppy seeds
2 tsp of Dijon
Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
Dash of brown sugar

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan with the other ingredients. Bring to simmer and set aside.

2. Grease or spray a pan and cut your rolls in half. I put a tad of Dukes Mayo on each side for moisture and Duke’s awesomeness. Put some ham and swiss on the bottoms. Put the tops back on and spoon your butter mixture on top of each roll. If you are making Duggar sized pans, you can be more erratic with your butter spreading.
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3. Wrap in foil and put them into a 350 oven to heat up and for the cheese to melt a little. Serve.
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