7/19/12

Bertha's Cheese Tart

"Excellent!  This is sure to bring rave reviews!"

That is what is proclaimed under the title of this recipe.  I can't even handle the fact that this dish is Bertha's Cheese Tart.  It's just to awesomely named not to try.

I had appetizer again for our most recent cookbook club.  I was perusing through the book, trying to pick a dish, when my mind kept going back to Bertha and her Cheese tart. 

Why?  What was the draw of this dish?  Probably the fact that when you read the ingredients, you think to yourself:

What the hell?

So you just have to try it.  Or maybe it's that tagline under the title.  Some subliminal messaging perhaps.  

Maybe, just maybe, it's because it's the first recipe in the cookbook and I'm just lazy.  

Probably a combination of all three. 

How was it?  
Weird.  

But good weird.  Keep coming back weird.  Savory and sweet weird.  

Give Bertha a try for yourself!  Also give these other Prime Meridian dishes a try, they all rocked to the utmost.  

Salsa Fantastico (Spicy but oh so flavorful!)
Warm Pear and Goat Cheese Salad (Awesome!  Especially the dressing.)
English Pea Casserole (Didn't expect to like this one but it was so good!)
Cajun Pork Tenderloin (So tender and the sauce was delish)
Torta D'Espresso E Cioccolata (Hello.  This was amazing. LIke there-are-no-words amazing)

Bertha's Cheese Tart
from Prime Meridian

Crust:
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup finely chopped onions
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Filling:
1 cup cooked chopped spinach, well drained OR 20 oz of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of moisture
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1 9 oz jar of mango chutney
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp celery salt

Party crackers (Confession:  I have no clue what a party cracker is.  I used a wheat thin.  When in doubt, always use a wheat thin.)

Combine the crust ingredients.  Divide the mixture into two portions.  Press 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of a 7 inch spring form pan.  Set the rest of the mixture aside.  

Combine all of the filling ingredients in the bowl of a large food processor.  Combine.  Spread the filling mixture atop the crust.  Using the back of a spoon, press the rest of the crust atop the filling.  Cover with foil and refrigerate over night.  

Before serving, remove the collar of the pan and invert the tart onto a serving dish.  Remove the bottom.  Chill until ready to serve.  Serve with the always mysterious party cracker.   

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