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Herb-Leek Tart

Enhance a rich and fragrant herb-leek tart with a zesty Lillet Cooler.

  • Servings: 6
Herb-Leek Tart

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2009

Ingredients

  • Pate Brisee
  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • 2 medium leeks, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed well
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 1/2 cup grated Comte or Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed delicate herbs (such as tarragon, basil, chives, parsley, or chervil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pate brisee into a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Fit dough into a 4 1/2-by-13 3/4-inch rectangular tart pan (available at williams-sonoma.com), leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Fold under overhanging edges, pressing firmly against pan, to double thickness of crust sides. Prick bottom with a fork. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes.

  2. Line dough with parchment cut to fit, and top with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until edges are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove pie weights and parchment, and bake until bottom is golden, 10 to 15 minutes more. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

  3. Meanwhile, saute leeks in butter over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until leeks are just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer leeks to a bowl, and let cool slightly.

  4. Add eggs and yolk, cream, creme fraiche, cheese, herbs, and salt to leeks, and stir to combine. Season with pepper. Spoon filling into cooled tart shell. Bake until filling is set in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan and cut into squares.

Cook's Note

Comte cheese is available at specialty-food stores and some grocery stores. Gruyere cheese, which is similar in texture but a bit stronger in flavor, may be substituted.

Reviews (3)

  • siouxie 19 Oct, 2014

    I've made this a number of times for parties, most recently yesterday, and it's always a huge it. I usually use Julia Child Pâte Brisée recipe. This filling is perfect.

  • Nu2ABQ 1 Dec, 2012

    I followed the recipe except for substituting sour cream for the creme fraiche. I only had fresh dill, oregano and chives available. I would not recommend using oregano but in a pinch it worked. I had some puff pastry on hand which worked great!
    We loved it!
    I would stick with the Gruyere. The filling was light and tasty. Not too eggy and not too heavy. I'm going to try puff pastry shells next for larger parties. Precook the puff pastry as per Martha's recipe's directions.
    Yum!

  • AMM 1 Aug, 2011

    I made a few modifications but this was delicous! I didn't have the right pan so I used a tart pan with a removable bottom. I substituted Cheddar for Gruyere, used a combination of tarragon, basil, and chives straight from my garden and 3 eggs. It looked just like the picture except it was round.

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