Monday, May 23, 2011

Picnic Basket Tart




This month's theme for the 5 Star Foodie Makeover Cooking Group is "Gourmet Picnic Food."  Perfect this time of year with Memorial Day on the horizon and many taking to the parks for picnics.

In conceptualizing my dish I thought it would be cool to incorporate some of the foods you might find in a classic picnic basket and make it into a tart.  One stop carrying.  Fits snug in most picnic basket as well.

You are gonna want to definitely check out our round-up on Friday, I am sure you'll see some great ideas you may want to incorporate for your Memorial Day menu.

Beans
Baked beans is a classic picnic staple.  Well, I am Cuban, no baked beans here.  What I did make is a smoky red bean puree, cooked with bird's eye chilies, leeks, champagne vinegar, cumin, and a splash of liquid smoke.


Aged Wisconsin Cheddar




Pork
For me there is little better in the world than oven roasted pork.  Now, when you add Piment d' Espelette and Cuban mojo...now it just goes to another stratosphere.


Jalapeno Iceberg Slaw
Gotta have a slaw right?!  Mine is made with a homemade garlic aoili, jalapeno sauce, shallots, Vinagre de Jerez and thinly shredded crisp iceberg lettuce.


Potatoes
Thin and crispy matchstick Yukon gold potato sticks provide the perfect crunchy topping to the tart.


Add a generous swirl of White Truffle Oil...(sorry could not help myself)


Picnic Basket Tart






Happy Memorial Day



That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!

47 comments:

  1. So smart, Lazaro! There are so many layers of goodness in this tart. Everything I love about Memorial Day is right on here.

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  2. Fun idea, Lazaro! Each bite has some traditional picnic flavors but in a really unique format. Great savory tart.

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  3. A terrific, playful concept, so perfect for the 5 star picnic :) I love the combination of flavors here, the smoky red bean puree must be so good made with chilies and liquid smoke too.

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  4. Love the name of your tart!
    Very creative, great combination of ingredients. Lacks nothing but an ice cold beer.
    See you at the picnic!
    LL

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  5. I bet that's delicious...many layers of great flavor. I like the way you latin-ized it!

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  6. Hey I made pork and added Piment d' Espelette too!! hahaha. The pork tart isn't common to me but it looks fantastic with all the elements. I like matchstick potato fries. It looks so rad Laz!

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  7. Now that is a picnic all rolled into one great dish! Wow, very inventive and wonderful layering of flavors...very nice :)

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  8. Wow! Very creative, great combination of ingredients. Love the name of your tart! I'll be there at the picnic. :-)

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  9. This is such a fun tart, Laz! I love how you thought through every component of the dish...the red bean puree sounds like the perfect flavorful base!

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  10. Marisa,

    Thanks. Looking forward to checking out your dish.

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  11. Victoria,
    Glad you liked the concept.

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  12. Natasha,

    Thanks for being the best co-host ever.

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  13. LL,

    I always have ice-cold beer on hand, don't worry about that.

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  14. Joan,

    I Cubanize almost everything.

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  15. T,

    Thanks again for the PdE. It's been put to good use.

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  16. Alisha,

    Thanks for the kind words.

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  17. Christine,

    Thanks. Don't be late to the picnic.

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  18. NC,

    Thanks glad you liked the concept.

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  19. Faith,

    It's something we both have in common, a lot of thought goes into our dish concepts. Thanks. Look forward to your creation.

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  20. Wow, you definitely brought the typical picnic food to a whole new level! Love your concept of combining traditional foods with new flavors into a tart. And the slaw with garlic aioli is out of this world. Nice use of white truffle oil ;)

    Have a nice week, Lazaro!

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  21. Tho' I don't celebrate the occasion, Happy Memorial Day to you, Lazaro!

    It's been a while since my last visit. Getting lazy after my vacation. Hahaha!

    What a nice picnic idea! This should motivate me to take my family to the park :) Take care, my friend!

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  22. J,

    Thanks a lot. Gotta say the slaw was awesome. Have a great week as well.

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  23. Shirley,

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get to have that trip to the park.

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  24. I was very excited with the first layer alone. I love beans, savoury or sweet. But there was more and more and more goodness to come. Oh my goodness, this tart rocks!

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  25. You just kept adding a good layer after the next. I am quite impressed. have a wonderful weekend Laz....

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  26. Gracias, Norma. Have a great holiday weekend!

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  27. If that's not the ultimate picnic food, I don't know what it! From the beans to the matchstick potatoes and everything in between, what's not to love :)

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  28. Every layer of your picnic basket tart packs a surprising flavor combination! With all the necessary components of a savory repast wrapped up in a neat transportable pastry, just as tarts were intended. Just add ale - and you've got that covered :)

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  29. Lazaro, now this here is a masterpiece, I love it, purely for the absolute craziness of it. I thought to myself, I've NEVER taken baked beans on a picnic, am I odd with this one? I best do some market research, I shall ask my work buddies? Turns out it isn't an Aussie thing to do, we take the beans camping, but not picnicking. So, you've inspired me. What would you suggest serving with this?

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  30. So great minds really do think ... in tarts. I love that you have put every good picnic thing on earth on this and also added your own individuality - and I certainly forgive you for the truffle oil swirl. I usually can't help myself either, lol!

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  31. Now that's an innovative and practical tart if I ever saw one! Just cut it into (manly) slices and you've got your picnic food right there and then. Love the layering... I counted, 5 layers for a 5-star makeover :-).

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  32. Wow this tart looks like the most delicious picnic food anyone would ever have. Every single layer is a favorite! I love your idea of adding yukon fries as topping, it's gorgeous and it adds a crunch to accent the puree... yum! Great job and thanks for hosting the makeover!

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  33. Priscilla,

    Yes I always have the alcohol handy. Do not worry about that! Thanks.

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  34. AJ,

    Picnic or camping always bring along the beans. Now what to serve this with? Your favorite alcoholic beverage of course.

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  35. Trixie,

    True gourmets do think alike, right?! Glad you picked a lane, your dish was awesome.

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  36. Foodiva,

    You were the first to put that together. Very perceptive of you. Thanks!

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  37. Jessica,

    Thank you for the kind words and for participating in our group.

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  38. You certainly have contrived the ultimate picnic tart~ all of the flavors we love in one place! Really like that jalapeno slaw ;-)

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  39. I was wondering if someone was going to do beans. They show up at every picnic but not like this. What a great idea.

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  40. Oh my, I am salivating now and the only thing saving me is that I have waffles cooking. You are a culinary inspiration. All my favorite flavors packed into one dish.

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  41. i think my comment disappeared! argh.

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  42. Looks so wonderful with all those yummy layers. Great idea and easy to carry to on a picnic.

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  43. Well, Mr Man... this is one heck of a tart. It's like all the best things in a burrito dressed for dinner. Gorgeous. The beans and pork...well great but the slaw... fabuloso... great balance of flavor of bright and dark and then you slay me with those potatoes... whoa.

    Thanks for hosting... this is too much fun!

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