Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fig, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Tart

Fig Bacon and Gorgonzola Tart

Miss me?? Well I have certainly missed making food and sharing it with the world. I am finally moved out of Grey Gardens and (mostly) unpacked in my new place. Plus, I can cross another item off of my 101 list. One of my goals on the list was to live alone and I have finally done just that. Yay! Man, it's been so long since I have posted a recipe here I forgot how long it took to compose a recipe post so bear with me today. The other day I finally got to meet someone I have been wanting to see in person for a long time. I first discovered Mary's blog last year when she posted these cupcakes. I left a comment on that post and we have been commenting and Tweeting ever since. When Mary suggested meeting at the farmers market, I jumped at the opportunity. I was so bummed I didn't get to go to BlogHer Food a couple of weeks ago so any chance I get to meet other food bloggers, I try to make it happen. Well let me tell you, Mary is just awesome!! I felt like I was chatting with an old friend. Plus, she got to meet salad boy so you know I haven't just been making him up! :)

Fig Bacon and Gorgonzola Tart

Anyway, on to this tart. Mary and I shared a basket of figs. Even though Grey Gardens had a huge fig tree in the backyard, I never got to enjoy the bounty. I think the gardener was stealing them for himself. I had planned on making this tart months ago and when last month's Daring Bakers challenge was puff pastry, I wanted to do this as the filling, but I still haven't gotten around to making that yet. I plan on it though, so stay tuned. This tart. My goodness it is incredible. It's a simple and classic combination that just tastes so good. The salty cheese and bacon were a wonderful back drop to the buttery pastry and mellow sweetness of the figs. I had originally planned on doing a drizzle of honey or a balsamic reduction, but I kind of forgot until after the fact and honestly, it didn't really need it in the end. I could have (and almost did) eaten all of these tarts in one sitting. I'm so excited to be back in the kitchen and once I recover from my move expenses, I hope to be sharing recipes on a more regular basis.

Fig Bacon and Gorgonzola Tart
(By Esi)

Makes 4 servings

1 sheet puff pastry, cut into 4 squares
Handful of figs, cut in half
4 slices bacon, chopped
1-2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Honey for drizzling (optional)
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water for egg wash

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Meanwhile, score each piece of puff pastry so that there is a one-inch border around. Prick the inside of the square with a fork all around.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Arrange the figs in a single layer over the puff pastry. Brush the exposed edges of the pastry with egg wash. Bake 15-20 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden. Sprinkle the top with bacon and the crumbled Gorgonzola. Serve warm.

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vanillasugarblog said...

YAY! She's back and rocking a fabulous dish. Congrats on finally living alone!
I love figs, and to be honest just started loving them this year. Never really liked them before, only because I wasn't making them right. This tart is the perfect combo of flavors.

Maria said...

Glad you and Mary had fun. I met her at Blogher food and she is amazing! Wish I could of met you too! Love the fig tart.

Olga said...

Congrats on living on your own. I love having my own space, but it'd be nice to have a Garden boy of sorts too :)

Erica said...

haha- so funny...when your post popped up I said out loud- oh gosh, I've missed her posts. And then I read the first line :)

This looks so delicious. I still haven't tried a fig (I know, I know) but I bet the sweet the the gorgonzola is just perfect.

So glad to hear you're in your new living location...you better be posting more often now...or else ;)

Carrie said...

wow, this looks so good! I love the combination of sweet and savory. And you're right, a drizzle of honey sounds great, too!

Anonymous said...

So glad you're back! Congrats on the new crib. I love gorgonzola and bacon together...YUM!

Cate said...

I absolutely love the flavors going on in this...and it's so beautifully simple! Fresh figs are high on my list of favorite fruits.

Dolce said...

Your tart looks like the vol-au-vent variation seen on the Daring Bakers challenge. And definitely looks good :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

Congratulations on your very own diggs :-). I love your tart recipe and will be trying it very soon.

Fearless Kitchen said...

The tart looks delicious - very exciting, yet comforting at the same time. Congrats on getting your own place - there's nothing quite like it.

Christine said...

Your combination of foods never seizes to amaze me. Sounds absolutely wonderful (again)!

I can imagine that the figs, bacon, and gorgonzola blend deliciously. Now that my appetite, I must go eat! ;)

Congrats on your own place.

Heather said...

i just can't get into gorgonzola cheese. i've tried. i feel like such a traitor food person because of it. but i love figs and bacon and they sound delicious together! congrats on your own pad!

Jenn said...

Welcome back! I remember you talking about the "grey gardens" place when we met a couple months back. I'm glad your move went well.

So this is that scrumptious tart you tweeted about. I finally see it and I understand how one can't not devour it in one bite.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Looks fancy and delicious.

The Food Librarian said...

Esi, Like looks great! I've been eating my half of the figs sitting on a stool in the kitchen! :) Still yummy though - mary

Juliana said...

Oh! What a gorgeous tart...and love the flavors in it...figs and gorgonzola and of course bacon...cannot go wrong :-)

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is one of my favorite flavor combinations!

Diana said...

Now that's what I call a triumphant return! Amazing flavors, amazing presentation, amazing recipe! Welcome back, chica!

Simones Kitchen said...

Welcome back!!! I sure did miss your posts...:) I love this little dish... what is better then fig,bacon and gorgonzola combined... one of my three favorite flavors!

NMOS said...

This dish looks delicious. I've been seeing a lot of bacon and sweet ingredients together lately, like even bacon on cupcakes and in ice cream. I guess it's all about the salty and sweet. Nice blog.

Unknown said...

what a way to come back!!! this looks amazing :) yum yum! and meeting bloggers is terrific :)

Reeni said...

Yay! Your back! So happy for you getting your own place. Enjoy. The tart looks gorgeous - and I love the flavor combo! So yummy.

Esi said...

Wow, thanks everyone! It's so nice to be back!

Volunteer opportunities said...

I’m so glad your back sharing your very own recipe with us. Thanks!

car rental la said...

I was just dropping by till this post caught my eye. I love the look of this dish. It looks very healthy and delicious.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Perfect combination of flavours! Glad you are back. I loved living alone, I am sure you will enjoy it!

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