Zucchini is on of the very few green things the carnivore will eat. I usually just make golden zucchini, but I saw a recipe in an old Bon Appetit that I thought I would give a try. It was called mini zucchini and goat cheese tarts. Since making it, I have decided it would be perfect at a party. Of course, if you are like me, it is a great way to sneak in a green veggie as an appetizer on any night.
Here is what you will need:
1 refrigerated pie crust
1-2 zucchini, cut into rounds
1 tsp. salt
1 tbl. of olive oil
2 tsp. of fresh thyme
3 oz. of goat cheese
1.4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
To make these party tarts, start by laying out your working mat and dusting it with a little flour. Then roll out your pie crust. Using a round cookie cutter cut out several rounds. Repeat until you have used up the dough. Place the rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Next slice your zucchini and put it in a small bowl. Add in the salt and toss. Let the zucchini sit for about 15 minutes and then pat dry. Rinse the bowl and then put the zucchini, oil, and thyme in it. Stir until coated. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the pie crust rounds from the freezer and cover each with a generous dollop of goat cheese. Place a slice of zucchini on top of each round. Sprinkle all of the tarts with Parmesan and bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Before serving drizzle a bit more olive oil on top.
These little guys are delicious. The carnivore gobbled his up, noting the crust "tasted like a Ritz cracker." (I think that's a good thing.) So, if you are having a special occasion or just looking for another way to get something green on the table, give these tarts a try.