Ensconced in each of these savory cornmeal tartlets is a bounty of vegetables. On the short list: sweet red bell peppers, assertive kale, and cherry tomatoes that provide bursts of fruitness and juice.
This tart is unapologetically rich -- there is puff pastry, Gruyere, goat cheese, and cream -- yet the overall effect is one of lightness. It's a handy make-ahead addition to a festive spread like this one, but paired with a green salad, it also makes a satisfying supper on its own.
Layers of phyllo dough make a quick crust for this savory pie. For the filling, fresh spinach is sauteed with onion and garlic, then stirred into a combination of ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, fresh dill, parsley, cumin, and eggs.
Root vegetables are enticing, whether raw or cooked. In this dramatic tart, rounds of roasted red, golden and striped 'Chioggia' beets are shingled over ricotta and goat cheese, and sprinkled with fontina. Such mild cheeses partner well with beets; their creaminess carries the roots' subtle candied-but-mineral flavor.