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Gluten Free Chevre & Zucchini Tart (Jacqui Farrugia)
Thursday 5 September 2013
Gluten Free Chevre & Zucchini Tart (Jacqui Farrugia)

I have not cooked polenta for quite some time ...well,  by my standards, three weeks is a long time! So I thought hmmm... what about a lovely ricotta tart with 'something, but not just ricotta on its own' in a polenta crust.  First it was going to be a mushroom tart, than I changed my mind as I opened my fridge.  I had some Chevre Cheese (Goat Cheese), so I thought of using that with the ricotta and maybe some finely sliced Zucchini on top.  The garlicky polenta crust is studded with pieces of sundried tomatoes, which gives us a deeper flavour.

It is a very simple dish to make, no messy pastry and serves well as a light meal with a leaf salad, oh and some wine too :)

Here's what you need and how to ...

We will start with the polenta crust.

  • 2 cups boiling vegetable stock (made with gluten free stock powder)
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped Sacla sun dried tomatoes in oil (no need to drain)


For the cheese filling

  • 250g Latteria Soresina Ricotta
  • 100g Chevre Cheese, crumbled
  • 50g Latbri Cream Cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chopped Parsley


  • Bianconi Olive Oil
  • Crushed Garlic Clove

Grease a tart tin and set aside. Bring the stock to the boil, adding the salt and garlic.  Take off the stove. Start pouring the polenta in a stream into the stock, stirring briskly.  Add the chopped sundried tomatoes to the polenta whilst still stirring until it starts thickening.

Pour the polenta into the tart tin and using an oiled spoon and your hands (be careful as it is very hot) line the tin with the polenta, even up the sides to create a crust shell.

Sundried_Polenta_1

Whilst that is cooling, you can start slicing the zucchini in paper thin slices with a mandolin slicer.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Now you can prepare the cheese mixture.  Mix all the ingredients together and spread into the crust.

Begin at the outer edge and lay the slices in a circle. Continue making circles with the zucchini slices till the cheese filling is covered.  Mix the crushed garlic with the olive oil and brush the zucchini slices with it.

Sundried_Polenta_2

Bake on the middle shelf in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until you see the zucchini start curling at the edges and browning lightly.

It is VERY important to let the tart cool before slicing otherwise the polenta crust will break. Both the cheese filling and the polenta crust have to set.  This is meant to be served at room temperature, not hot.

Lovely!

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