Roasted Beet Tart with Phyllo

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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I often substitute phyllo in place of a typical crust, as I did here for this roasted beet tart. You would be surprised how much lighter this makes your dish.  Tarts are easy to assemble for a busy weeknight dinner, and it can be ready within an hour. Make sure you keep defrosted phyllo in your refrigerator for last minute meals such as this one. If you would like you may substitute your greens with blanched vegetables of your choice-for example broccoli, asparagus, or carrots.

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If you don’t have the time to roast your beets, you can purchase Melissa’s organic steamed baby beets in these packets cooked and ready to go. Just slice and add to your tart. You will possibly need to double the amount of beets, if you use the baby beets for this recipe.

 

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Beet greens are often thrown out, and overlooked but they are packed with nutritional benefits. They are a good source of protein, folate, and fiber.  Along with an added source of vitamin A,C,E and K. So, tell your grocer to keep them attached for you so you can enjoy their sweet flavor for your meals.

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Roasted Beet Tart with Phyllo
 
This is my version of a beet tart. Keep defrosted phyllo dough in the refrigerator so you can quickly cook this up for a quick lunch or for dinner. Purchased pre-cooked beets can be substituted. Serve alongside a soup or salad.
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Recipe type: Main or Side dish
Cuisine: California Greek
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. phyllo dough, defrosted
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2-3 beets, roasted
  • 3-4 cups of beet greens, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Filing
  • ½ cup whole ricotta
  • ¼ lb/ feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Wash and wrap each beet in foil. Place on a sheet tray and roast for 45 minutes.
  3. When beets are done and slightly cool unwrap and peel.
  4. Cut into ½-inch thick slices. Reduce the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Butter the bottom of a 9x12 pan and layer the phyllo one sheet at a time, buttering after each later. Set aside. You may need to cut the phyllo sheet dough to fit your pan.
  6. In a deep pan saute beet greens and onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  7. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Cook until the greens and onions are softened about 8 minutes.Cool.
  9. (if needed add a little water to the pan to cook greens)
  10. While greens cool, make the filling.
  11. In a small bowl combine the cheeses.
  12. Spread the cheese on the top of the phyllo dough.
  13. Add the greens and onions to the top of the cheese layer.
  14. Add the sliced beets and sprinkle with dill, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  15. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  16. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from a pan and cut into serving pieces.

 
Disclosure: The beets were sent to me by Melissa’s Produce, I was not paid to write this post.. This post is my original recipe and my thoughts. 

 

© 2014, Mary Papoulias-Platis. All rights reserved.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Trish @infinebalance

Love the colours in this tart. Gorgeous.
Also – love that you used the whole beet – the greens too. So under-appreciated.

2 Beauty Follower

Love beetroot
and your tart loos so delicious!

Hugs from Athens 🙂

3 Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought

Simply gorgeous. I agree with Trish, loved the fact that you used the whole beet.

4 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Thank-you Cathy, it’s very traditional in the Greek diet to eat all parts of the beet!

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