Delicious Eats

Pear, Fig, and Sage Tarts

Recipe Courtesy of: Spork Foods

This little flavor threesome is really something to talk about. Take the tarts to a party as an appetizer or make them larger and serve this dish as an entree.

 

about_sporkSpork Foods is a Los Angeles-based gourmet vegan food company owned and operated by sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg. They offer live cooking classes in Los Angeles at Spork Foods (www.sporkfoods.com) and online vegan cooking classes at www.sporkonline.com. Their cookbook, Spork-Fed, is currently in stores, with a foreword by fellow fans and sisters, Emily and Zooey Deschanel.

Ingredients

6 cloves garlic (see roasted directions)
1 dash neutral tasting high heat oil (like canola)
1 c Reduced Fat Vegenaise
2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp sea salt plus dash
1/4 tsp Finely ground black pepper, plus dash

Tart Ingredients

2 D’Anjou pears, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

10-12 leaves fresh sage, finely chopped

5-6 dry black mission figs, sliced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1-2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

Directions

For the roasted garlic:

Preheat oven to 350. Slice off base of bulb with a large chef’s knife . Place bulb cut side down in a oiled heat-proof baking dish and sprinkle with pepper and sea salt. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes, or until cloves are soft. Set aside. Turn oven up to 425

For the aioli:

Remove roasted garlic cloves from pan. Place on a cutting board and smooth with flat service side of chef’s knife, creating a paste. Transfer to large bowl and add reduced fat vegenaise, lemon juice, agave, sea salt, and black pepper. Whisk until uniform. Set aside.

For the Filling:

Place sliced pears, sage and figs in 3 seperate bowls. Coat pear slices in lemon juice to prevent browning, and set aside. Cut thawed puff pastry into 2 or 3 inch squares. On each square, place about 1 teaspoon garlic aioli, a pinch of sage and 1 piece each of fig and pear, reserving about 2 tablespoons aioli for serving. Bring corners to center square. Carefully squeeze to seal puff pastry. Repeat for all squares. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (or use cooking spray). Place each tart on the baking sheet 1/2 inch apart and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until tarts are lightly browned. To serve, top each tart with 1/2 teaspoon aioli. Garnish with fresh topped sage for presentation.

 

Yield: Serves 12

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