Monday, January 12, 2009

Rustic Turkey Tart

My sister-in-law Michelle passed this recipe on from Cook's Country magazine.

**Marc made it with chicken, because that's what we had. He then informed me that he doesn't like turkey in things, only plain. Well, alright, then.

1 9" prepared pie dough (they recommend Pillsbury Just Unroll crust)
1 1/2 c. cooked turkey (or chicken) breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
3/4 c. crumbled blue cheese
2 firm pears, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 c. pecans, toasted and chopped
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1 c. sour cream
3 T. heavy cream
1 T. minced fresh thyme (or 1 t. dried)
salt and pepper

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Gently press pie crust into 9" tart pan and trim excess dough with a knife. Prick bottom of dough all over with fork tines. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes; cool.

Combine turkey, 1/2 c. cheese, pears, pecans, cranberries, sour cream, heavy cream, and thyme in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Transfer turkey mixture to cooled pie crust, then sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Let cool 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Tart can be refrigerated for 24 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

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