This Savory Mango Thyme Goat Cheese Tart has a luscious hint of sweet from the mango that is highlighted by the savory elements of caramelized onion, crispy bacon and goat cheese loaded with fresh thyme. The only thing I would change about this recipe is that I would make double the amount next time!
Recently, I went to Austin, Texas to attend BlogHer Food, which is an amazing convention of food bloggers, vendors from all over, experts in fields like photography, video, social media, literary agencies, publishers, marketing and communications…and so much more. But before you think it was all work, let me say that there was fun and food packed into the two days also. I learned so much, met some wonderful people, ate a lot of really awesome food, and was inspired beyond anything I could have hoped for going into the convention.
Two of my favourite gals I met were Addie (from Culicurious) and Becky (from So Very Blessed). We all hit it off immediately on the first night at an event called Bloggers and Bites that was sponsored by Whole Foods Market. The food was just amazing, the wine tastings were fabulous and the goody bags put together by Whole Foods Market were like Christmas in a reusable shopping bag.
The next night all three of us were invited to attend another event sponsored by The National Mango Board. I die. Honestly, I just adore mangoes so much! And they did not disappoint, with an array of mango-centric food (Grilled Chicken Sausage with Mango Relish, Rice Pudding with Mango Sorbet, Mango Cobbler, Pulled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa, Brussels sprouts with Mango and Bacon) and drink (Mango Smoothies and Mango Chili – Jalapeno-Margaritas) and every single thing was just outstanding! The Mango Chili Margarita was just beyond good! I had two. That I’m admitting to consuming (we were walking). *wink*
Anyway, a couple of days after I arrived home, I received a package from The National Mango Board with some of the most beautiful mangoes I have seen:
So, of course, I just had to come up with some fabulous recipes for these beauties! And, this is the first installment of several mango recipes I have in store.
Not only are mangoes delicious, they are really good for you! Mango fruit pulp contains the antioxidant vitamins A and C, vitamin B6, folate, other B vitamins and essential nutrients, such as potassium, copper and amino acids. How can something so wonderful tasting be so good for you?
For any of you not familiar with how to handle a mango, this really great video shows you just how to slice and dice a mango to perfection! So, no excuses that you don’t know how to use them!
This recipe really could not be simpler, honestly. I used one sheet of (my favourite standby freezer ingredient) Pepperidge Farm frozen puff pastry sheets, that I used a round biscuit cutter to shape. Then, I caramelized red onion, crisped up some diced bacon, mixed fresh thyme into goat cheese and sliced the mango. All that remained was to bake it until the puff pastry was crispy, golden brown. Done.
Like I said, I just wish I had used two sheets of puff pastry and doubled this recipe, because let me tell you right now, these are just outstanding. If I do say so myself! Two of my girlfriends stopped over not long after I made them, so they were guinea pigs for the recipe; I also managed to save two for Mr. Saucy to taste. They were a huge hit with everyone!
Make these tarts. You will not regret it.
And, thank you so much to the National Mango Board for these wonderful fruits and for such a delightful time at the Mangover gathering. Your sponsorship of BlogHer Food helped to make a really outstanding experience for everyone who attended!
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium-sized red onion, halved length-wise and sliced thinly (about 1½ cups)
- salt and ground black pepper
- 2 slices thick-cut bacon, diced, crisped, drained of fat and set aside
- 1 small mango (about 9 ounces whole), sliced
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Place thawed puff pastry sheet on a non-stick surface (such as a silpat sheet or a piece of parchment paper) which has been placed on a baking sheet, and roll out slightly.
- Using a 3" round pastry cutter, cut 9 rounds from the sheet of puff pastry.
- Carefully pull the excess dough away from the rounds (you can save this for later...sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake, or discard) then carefully scoot the rounds slightly farther apart.
- Using a knife, score a circle about ½" in from the edge of each round, creating a border (be careful not to cut all the way through the pastry).
- Using a fork, poke holes into the center of the dough, making sure you don't poke holes in the edge you have created (this will keep the dough in the middle from puffing).
- In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese and the thyme.
- Stir to mix, as you do, the goat cheese will crumble and the thyme will be incorporated in the cheese. Set crumbles of herbed cheese aside.
- In a small skillet, over medium-low heat, add the butter and allow it to melt.
- Add the onions to the melted butter and very slowly cook the onions (after about 10 minutes, add a bit of salt and ground black pepper).
- Continue to cook the onions until a light caramelization has occurred. You may need to lower the heat, but be careful not to burn them, or you will need to begin again. It should take about 25-30 minutes on medium-low heat. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
- Using the same skillet, add the diced bacon and cook until crisp. Drain and set aside.
- Take the mango and set it on end with the seam of the mango facing you. Using a sharp knife, cut the fat sides of the mango off and score the mango length-wise in thin slices through the pulp down to the peel.
- Using a spoon, scoop the mango slices from the peel. Set aside.
- Using a pastry brush, gently brush the pastry rounds with the beaten egg.
- Add about a tablespoon of caramelized onion to the center of the pastry round, being careful to keep it within the border you created.
- Sprinkle on some bacon bits, add crumbles of thyme goat cheese and arrange mango slices on top, with each addition making sure you keep the ingredients within the border on the pastry round.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 12 minutes, or until the puff pastry border is puffed and golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Garnish with addition thyme leaves, if desired.
- These are great served either warm or at room temperature.