Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Zucchini and Cheese Tart: Cookbook Review Pt. 1

In the age of Pinterest it's so easy to browse your latest pins when looking for a recipe. However, there is just something nice about flipping through a cookbook. I love cookbooks and think they are beautiful. But I'm far too guilty of having them just continue to stack up and be merely kitchen decor. So, I'm going to start making an effort to glance through the cookbooks I have for recipes instead of relying entirely on Pinterest and food blogs (which I also love). 

Ina Garten is my favorite Food Network start by far. All of her recipes are so classic, accessible, and delicious! Not to mention, who wouldn't want to divide their time between the Hamptons and France :)

For this first Cookbook Review I will be cooking through Ina's latest book: Make It Ahead. This book promises recipes that you can prep ahead and finish easy right before you're ready to entertain. 

 

The first recipe I tried out from the book is the Zucchini and Goat Cheese Tart. However, my grocery did not have softened goat cheese so I used a garlic and herb spread and I did not miss the goat cheese!
zucchini and cheese tart


Zucchini and Cheese Tart
Adapted from Make It Ahead by Ina Garten

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
salt and black pepper
10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (the good stuff not margarine)
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
5 tablespoons ice water
3-4 medium zucchinis sliced 1/8 inch thick
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces of spreadable cheese (I used garlic/herb blend)
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

Dough Prep

Place the flour, salt, and butter into the food processor and pulse 12-14 times until the butter is combined. Next, pour in the water and vinegar as you continue to pulse until the dough forms into a ball.

On a floured surface roll the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. preheat oven to 400 degrees.



Zucchini Prep

Place the sliced zucchini in a bowl and toss with salt. Set aside for around 15 minutes. The salt helps to absorb some of the moisture of the zucchini. 

Spread the sliced zucchini on a dish towel, wrap, and gently wring to release some liquid. Next, place the zucchini in a bowl and toss with 1 tbs of olive oil. 

With a fork mash together the cheese spread, lemon zest, thyme, salt, and pepper. 

Assemble

Take the dough ball out of the fridge and roll out on a floured surface to an approximately 11 inch diameter and place on pan lined with parchment paper.

Spread the cheese mixture onto the dough leaving a perimeter for the crust.
Now add the zucchini overlapping in a circular pattern.


Drizzle the top with olive oil and black pepper and bake for 40 minutes (or until the crust is brown).

I was so happy with this recipe! The crust is always my favorite part and this one was so flaky and buttery.


zucchini and cheese tart

The cheese mixture was so creamy and full of flavor. The flavor is quite rich so would be lovely to serve 1 slice along with a simple salad. Perfect for a brunch! Zucchini is always in abundance in summer so this is a great recipe for using it up! I will def be making this again! 




zucchini and cheese tart

Have you tried any recipes from this cookbook? What's your favorite cookbook?



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35 comments:

  1. Oooh, this looks + sounds awesome! Great way to work in zucchini, too. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  2. This looks incredible. I'm always looking for new ways to eat zucchini since we have such an abundance this time of year!

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  3. Ina's probably my favorite TV chef, too! That tart looks delish. Love this series, can't wait to see what else you make from her book.

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  4. I totally agree with you- I love cookbooks over Pinterest. This looks awesome, and fairly easy ;)

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  5. Uhh this looks so pro! I for sure am going to try this.

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  6. Yes, please!
    I LOVE real cook books (the Pioneer Woman is my favorite).
    And yay for no goat cheese. I want to like it, really... but I grew up on a goat farm and the cheese tastes just like goats smell. I. Just. Can't. Do. It.


    :) This looks delicious.

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  7. This sounds great! I have a love for real cookbooks as well, and Ina is my fav! Will be making this!

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  8. That looks so good!!!! I love a good cookbook.

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  9. McKenzie CantrellMay 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    This looks good! I love Ina......and goat cheese.....and anything round with cheese. I learned how to cook from so many of the early Food Network programs, and her back story is so interesting. I've never bought one of her cookbooks, but I always trust her recipes when I am looking for something online. One of my other favorite bloggers started as a "Barefoot blogger," testing her recipes through her blog.

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  10. Me too! People who have gardens always give me a bunch and I'm always looking for new ways to use it!

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  11. It was easy! The dough honestly made me nervous because baking is so precise but it turned out well!

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  12. Thanks girl! It was good and can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch today

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  13. Ree is a favorite of mine too. I have her a Year of Holidays cookbook and love it!

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  14. It was pretty easy and well worth the effort!

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  15. Me too! What are some of your faves?

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  16. Please send me the link to that blog! I've not heard of it

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  17. Yum! I LOVE cucumber especially in the summer time! This recipe sounds great and pretty easy to make! Gonna check out the book next time I am in the library! Thanks for sharing your experience with this recipe!

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  18. OMG this recipe looks both odd and delicious! lol

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  19. Mmmm...that looks delicious! I want to go make it for lunch now!

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  20. That looks AMAZING! I am going to try this soon.

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  21. It's so good! I had a leftover slice for lunch today

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  22. It was so good! Better than a pizza

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  23. I love cookbooks, it must be something in my family....my mom and grandma always had a ton, and I do too. This is a great idea to put them to use...hahahha! This sounds really good, I am hungry now!

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  24. My family is the same way. My mother has cookbooks passed down from her great grandmother! The best is when they have handwritten notes :)

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  25. I've been so obsessed with cookbooks lately! I've done like 3 reviews on my blog. I'll have to check this one out!

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  26. Can't wait to check your reviews out!

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  27. This is a wonderful idea! As a food blogger I do food reviews on pinterest recipes. Never considered cookbooks. This is so nifty!

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  28. Mmm...this looks yummy, and I love the elegant look of the layered zucchini!

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  29. This look so delicious!! Might have to try!
    xo Emily
    www.fashioncolumntwins.com

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  30. Looks so yummy! What a great idea to turn to the recipes you already HAVE... pinterest is definitely amazing but turning to cookbooks is such a good idea, something we could all benefit from doing! Thanks for sharing and joining the Link-It To Me Link Up Party, looking forward to partying with you again next week!

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  31. Thanks! I think it would be great for a brunch or shower

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  32. I agree! Pinterest can get so overwhelming at times! I love the linkup thanks for hosting!

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