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Feta and Herb Tart Recipe

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Feta Tart

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A simple combination - feta cheese and fresh herbs - tops buttery pastry dough to make a fabulous appetizer that takes very little effort. Feta is usually creamier and has better flavor if you buy a chunk and crumble it yourself, rather than buying feta crumbles. Crumbling the feta by hand allows you to decide if you want tiny pieces of cheese spread evenly across the whole tart or large chunks that make each bite of the tart taste extra-decadent.

When making this tart, you can use one type of herb, or a blend of several. Mint, tarragon and sage have distinct flavors and aromas that will really make a statement. Thyme and basil are also really good in this recipe. Some fresh herb combinations that work well together with feta: mint and dill; thyme and chervil; oregano and basil.

Feta Cheese

Stores sell many different types of feta cheese and which one you buy is a matter of personal preference. Feta cheese adds tangy, salty flavor to dishes, giving anything it's added to a big boost in flavor. The great thing about adding feta to heated dishes is that it becomes soft and creamy but doesn't melt completely and become greasy and gooey.

Puff Pastry

Although puff pastry looks like a solid slab of dough, it is actually many very, very thin layers of dough separated by layers of butter. When baked, moisture in the dough creates steam that cause the dough to puff up and rise into flakey pastry. If you're feeling ambitious, you can make puff pastry at home. However, most grocery stores sell pre-made puff pastry in the freezer section. It is typically sold in square or rectangular sheets that can be baked whole or cut into different shapes and sizes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 appetizer servings

Ingredients:

  • One puff pastry sheet, 9x9 square or 13x9 rectangle
  • 1 egg yolk, whisked with 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh herbs
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Brush puff pastry with the egg/water glaze. This step is optional, but it does give the pastry a pretty, shiny texture and slightly flakier texture.

Place the puff pastry on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

Sprinkle the herbs and feta cheese on the pastry dough. Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the pastry dough is nicely browned and the feta is soft. Cut into 12 squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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