French dish: Homemade tarte Lyonnaise

November 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Looking for something to serve as an appetizer, first course, or with a salad and French bread for a light meal? Our Nick Smith visited with Executive Chef David Bastide of Left Bank Brasserie at Santana Row in San Jose to find the perfect dish.

Recipe: Tarte Lyonnaise
Makes one 10-inch tart, 10 slices

Filling:

  • 5 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 whole leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb. smoked bacon, cut into small pieces, browned crisp and drained
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 4 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 cup grated Emmenthal cheese
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt & pepper to taste

Peel onions, cut into half and slice thin. Cut and slice the leeks into thin slices. Wash the leeks thoroughly. Sweat the leeks and onions together with butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. You do not want any browning to occur. The leeks and onions should be translucent. Sweat until the moisture is gone. Add the crème fraîche. Continue to cook, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add the bacon, goat cheese, eggs, Emmenthal and spices until fully incorporated. Place mixture into a container, cover and chill for 2 hours.

Dough:
(makes two 9" tart shells, you can freeze the extra dough for up to a month, or just make half the recipe).

  • 1/4 cup ice water (but not ice cubes)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), chilled and cut into small pieces

Using food processor, combine flour and salt. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles small peas. With machine running, add water until dough comes together. You may need to add up to 2 more tbsp. of water. Divide dough in half, flatten into disks, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour. (Overnight is best). Roll out to an approximate diameter of 14 inches and 1/16 inch thick. Place into a 10-inch tart pan. Blind bake 350° until just golden brown. (Approximately 15 minutes). Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

To assemble:

Add filling. Place back into a pre-heated 350° oven and bake for 45 minutes, until top becomes slightly brown. Cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Event Information:
Left Bank is hosting an event November 20-22 that celebrates an annual rite for wine lovers: the release of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais is the very first wine produced from the year's grape harvest, having fermented for only a few weeks before it's bottled and shipped off from France to all parts of the globe. The journey of the BN has become of a bit of a extravaganza over the years, with much fanfare heralding the arrival of the wine to stores and restaurants.

Left Bank Brasserie
www.leftbank.com
377 Santana Row # 1100
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 984-3500


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