Savory tarts are wonderful on their own or served with a cup of soup or a small side salad for a light meal. This recipe collection features quiches, savory tarts, and pies, all perfect for an informal, cozy dinner.
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This tourtiere recipe originated in Quebec and is frequently enjoyed in the winter months, particularly during the holidays. There are no absolute rules for making this meat pie. Some variations can include root vegetables, veal, or seafood in the filling.
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This spinach and bacon tart recipe makes an effortless and elegant presentation for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - and everything in between. Fresh spinach, crumbled bacon, and three varieties of cheese make this quiche pleasing to all palates. Serve it alongside strawberry sorbet and Belgian waffles for a lovely brunch.
This herbed goat cheese and tomato tart is a fantastic appetizer. Made with garden tomatoes, a thin layer of Dijon mustard, and fresh herbs, this pastry is a light meal in itself with a glass of wine. Use your favorite blend of herbs to customize your tart.
This savory tomato tarte Tatin is welcome twist to appetizer trays at a cocktail party. Serve it as a first course with red wine, or with mixed greens with pears and blue cheese as a light lunch with white wine.
This country cheese and apple tart recipe from Burgundy is made with Epoisses cheese and pate brisee. Epoisses is made by monks at the abbey of Citeaux and was reportedly adored by Napoleon. In a pinch, Muenster cheese can be used as a substitute, but it does remove the authenticity of the dish. This tart is an incredibly easy and nutritious dinner to make when you’re in a rush.
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Perfect for a low-key meal or cocktail party, this roasted mushroom and Brie tartlets recipe is easy to prepare and refined. Simply fill puff pastry-lined tartlet molds with roasted mushrooms, onion confit, and slivers of Brie to make a fantastic, savory appetizer. Use the tartlets as light dinner entrée, as well!
This bacon tart recipe is for the classic Alsatian specialty, flammekuche, or tarte flamme. Rolling the dough cracker-crisp thin and baking it in a super hot oven is the key to attaining the crunchy texture and caramelized onion topping that makes this tart famous.
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This savory crab quiche makes an excellent light dinner served beside a pile of mixed greens drizzled with vinaigrette. Pair your dinner with ice-cold white wine like a dry Chenin Blanc. Round it out with Peches Melba for dessert and you’ll have a summery South of France meal year round.
A must in every kitchen in the French countryside, this Provencal zucchini tart recipe is nutritious and easy to prepare. Classic herbes de Provence enliven sautéed zucchini to make a fresh flavor combination with sharp, salty Parmesan cheese. The result is a delicious courgette quiche.
This rustic pie is beloved in its native Lorraine. Easy to make, pair it with a salad for a complete meal.