Chronicles of an Overcooked Tart.
So after the first installment of Wine down Wednesday I received a comment from Brenda @ BecomeBettty.com who recommended that I try Trader Joe’s Tarte D’Alsace. Let me just say that I’m very obedient when it comes to food!
The tart looks very enticing from the picture on the box. It is described as a “French style flat bread with ham, caramelized onions & gruyère cheese.” Did someone mention gruyère? That is probably the best way to get my attention aside from the word taco or cats.
The box indicates that the tart should be heated inside a conventional oven at 450°F for ten minutes. That was a good sign because I was in no mood to wait around. I was starving! So off she went for her ten minutes in purgatory inside my little toaster oven.
To accompany this tart I decided to open up a bottle of 2014 Louis Jadot Macon-Villages Chardonnay. This bottle can be had for around $12 and is readily available in most wine shops. This vino hails from the southern part of Burgundy in France. This is chardonnay country where most wines tend to be unoaked, just how I like them. The verdict? Notes of apple, melon and just enough acidity that is rounded off with a clean, crisp finish. I like it!
I was playing the role of IT Department for the blog while waiting for the tart to cook, therefore I lost track of time. Unfortunately it spent a couple more minutes in the oven than I would have liked. By that point the gruyère had dried up a tad so I feel like I didn’t get a true representation of the taste profile.
I did get enough hints of the creaminess from the gruyère, the sweetness of the onions and the saltiness of the ham to get a get a taste of this tart’s potential. I enjoyed the crust which was rather nice and light enough so that it did not sit heavily in my stomach. Then again the box did say that the tart served two… Ha! Yeah right, I ate the whole thing!
I feel like I need to give this tart another try before I come to a full verdict. This tart deserved better and I deserve another tart in the near future!
A big thank you to Brenda @ BecomeBetty.com for the suggestion! Go check out her blog for awesome write ups on a wide range of Trader Joe’s products and other great features.
Your comments and recommendations are always welcome! Keep them coming!