Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gerard’s Mustard Tart

The lamb stew sounded interesting (I love stewed fruit and cardamom), but I don't eat lamb so I decided against making the recipe this week.  Since I joined the FFWD group a year late, I decided to make one of the recipes everyone else made this time last year.  I took a look at the list of completed recipes, and chose to try Gerard's Mustard Tart for dinner.  I absolutely LOVE mustard - I usually have at least three different kinds in my fridge - and thought this would make a nice Sunday night meal.

Sunday dinner
Unfortunately, even though I was home all afternoon on Sunday I didn't read the recipe ahead of time, so I was pretty worried when I read through the crust recipe about 5:30 and realized that it called for four hours of resting time.  Well, I knew that wasn't going to happen so I decided to try to improvise.  I did all of the chilling in the freezer instead of the refrigerator, cut the times, and completely skipped the step of letting the crust cool before I filled it.  The dough was a bit challenging to roll out and cracked in a couple of places when I pre-baked it, but I still thought it tasted great.  Next time I'll try to follow the instructions better, and I'll be curious to see if it changes the flavor and/or makes things easier, but it didn't seem to be a big deal at all and I did save myself a couple of hours of waiting.

Finished Tart
I wanted something fresh (and a bit healthy) to go with the tart, so I choose to make Dorie's Orange and Olive Salad, but to serve it over some lettuce I received from my CSA this week.  The salad was very lightly dressed, so it tasted a bit bland once I added all of the lettuce.  I think next time I would squeeze some of the oranges to make more of a vinaigrette, but we otherwise enjoyed the salad and thought it went well with the tart.

Orange and Olive Salad


  1. I haven't tried making this mustard tart yet because the group did this before I joined but from what I see here, it certainly looks good! Oh, when I'm short for time, I also chill the crust in the freezer...and my tarts always turn out fine (I'm sure the restaurants employ that trick too sometimes).

    Thanks for coming by and saying Hi! :)

  2. The salad-tart combination is perfect. Looks like a lovely, light meal.

    The freezer is definitely a friend for hurried cooks.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Isn't this just the best tart? It looks fabulous! Freezers are great for quick chilling...I do that all the time. Terrific cook's choice this week!

  4. I missed this recipe and went back and made it cos I love mustard as well!
    I really liked it.
    Your tart looks like it turned out great! And so does your salad!!

  5. Wow...looks delish ! I missed this recipe for I just joined FFWD a few months ago :) Well, looking at yours make me want to make this too :)

  6. Great idea to make up a missed recipe - I'd forgotten how nice this tart was!

    Your salad is gorgeous, too.

  7. Yay, this has been my all time favorite FFwD recipe so far. Though I did it in summer so mine was with tomatoes. So yummy, think I'll have to try it again in winter with the mixed veggies. So happy to hear that you enjoyed it.

  8. I haven't made this tart yet, because it was covered before I joined. I'm not a huge mustard fan, so I haven't been racing to the kitchen to make this one, but yours looks really good, so perhaps I'll move it up on my list. Glad it all worked out, despite the improv!

  9. What a great choice to make this tart. I enjoyed making this so much and loved the mustard in it. Your meal looks so beautiful and healthy!

  10. I liked this idea for a meal. I cook for a faux-vegetarian (translated, no lamb, beef, or pork) so this, too, would work for me. Sometimes I feel I need more seasoning than Dorie (not particularly a good thing, I know) so I liked your hint about the dressing. Thanks for this Post.

  11. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sometimes feels like I need more seasoning than Dorie. I'm trying to learn to enjoy foods prepared more simply, but I have a hard time eating plain lettuce (although my husband seems to like it...).