This Veal Bacon and Gruyere tart is a lovely savory tart recipe for a breakfast treat, but is also ideal for a delicious light lunch or supper with a bit of salad on the side.
It features smoky milk-fed veal bacon and nutty gruyere cheese enriched by the addition of tangy crème fraiche. It will work equally well with any other smoked meat or turkey product having a similar texture to veal bacon.
My shortcrust pastry recipe is a perfect base for this savory Veal Bacon and Gruyere tart, but if you are short of time you may use ready rolled shortcrust or puff pastry for a quick and tasty meal for four or a snack for 12.
I made this for one of our Saturday morning breakfast training sessions because who can resist a cheese and bacon tart, and even the crumbs were eaten.
Veal bacon and gruyere tart
- 375 grams shortcrust pastry
- 10 ml olive oil (approximately 2 teaspoons)
- 1/2 medium sized white onion (chopped)
- 125 g veal bacon (or turkey bacon, cut into 1cm pieces)
- 125 g white button mushrooms (thinly sliced)
- 5 large eggs (at room temperature)
- 250 ml creme fraiche (approximately 1 cup, at room temperature)
- 500 ml grated gruyere cheese (approximately 2 cups)
- 1 ml salt to taste
- 2.5 ml freshly ground black pepper (approximately 1/2 teaspoon)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius or 160 in a Fan assisted oven / 350 F / Gas mark 4.
- Roll the shortcrust pastry and line one round 25 cm tart pan. Prick the pastry and cover with parchment paper and fill with beans or baking beans.
- Bake blind for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Saute the onions until translucent then add the veal bacon. When the fat has rendered, add the mushrooms and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Lightly beat the eggs, then whisk in the creme fraiche, gruyere cheese, salt and pepper.
- Scatter the onion, mushrooms and veal mixture into the base of the cooled pastry case and carefully pour in the egg mixture.
- Bake for about 18-20 minutes, until the mixture has set and the top is golden.
Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.
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