Got some extra veggies in the garden? Whip up this easy Garden Vegetable Tart! This tart is the perfect snack on a warm summer evening!
I’ve always loved a good prank. As a kid, I had a book filled with telephone prank calls. I’d call my friends and ask: “Is your refrigerator running?” They’d answer yes, at which point I’d tell them they should go chase it. Hah! Or more like hardy-har-har-har. As you can tell, I got into a lot of trouble as a kid. Nothing too bad. I mean I was a boy, and boys get into trouble. But of course those were the days before caller ID. Heck, those were the days before cell phones. Kids today don’t know what they’re missing! (To be fair, they have way more interesting things to keep them amused than we did back in the day.)
This practical joke streak has stayed with me for years. There was the time when I was working as a courier at a law office, and we filled one of the offices with balloons to celebrate someone’s birthday. I think I blew up balloons for 3 nights in preparation for that one! This past curling season, I had a nameplate printed up with one of my teammates’ names on it. You know…the kind that hang on the wall outside of offices. That nameplate got hung outside one of the stalls in men’s restroom. Whenever someone asked, we’d just say he was in his office. (And last time I checked, that nameplate is still hanging in the bathroom. Hah!) I’m always on the lookout for a good prank opportunity!
Enough about pranks, though. Let’s talk about another of my favorite topics: the garden. We love to plant a garden every year. We wander out every couple of days to check the status, and by the end of the summer we’re usually coming back to the house with a basket full of fresh garden treats. Our favorites are tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers and a whole assortment of herbs–basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, chives, etc. (And then there’s the jalapenos…) Over the years, we’ve tried our hand at a number of other crops like corn, carrots, broccoli and pumpkins. But in the end, we always end up back with the tried and true ones.
Garden Vegetable Tart
One of our favorite ways to use up extra veggies from the garden is to turn ’em into a tart. This Garden Vegetable Tart was inspired by those days of “Hmm, what are we going to do with this whole basket of veggies?”
I grabbed corn and broccolini from the store, but the tomatoes on this Garden Vegetable Tart came from our garden. (We like to plant a mix of early-season and late-season tomatoes so that we have a steady supply of fresh tomatoes throughout the summer.) Oh, and the chives that I sprinkled on top came from our garden, too. Chives are a really easy herb to grow. If you don’t have any, grab some from the store and plant ’em in a pot. We run out at least 2-3 times a week to snip fresh chives for some recipe that we’re cooking. (For the record, chives have the power to turn a boring quesadilla into an awesome ‘dilla!)
Another bonus for this Garden Vegetable Tart is that it’s served cold or room temperature. Aside from baking the puff pastry base, everything else is raw. The cream cheese base is loosened with a bit of sour cream and lemon juice. Once that gets spread on top of the puff pastry, then you’ve got a blank canvas! Experiment and have fun! Throw whatever fresh veggies you happen to have around on top.
Belong to a CSA? This Garden Vegetable Tart is perfect for extra CSA veggies. (Of course, use your best judgement here since the vegetables are served raw.) Corn, broccolini (or finely chopped broccoli) and tomatoes are one of our favorite combos. But experiment and have fun! Cheers, friends!