Bacon and Radicchio Tart with Gruyère Cheese and Thyme – Day 7 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2011

This is a recipe that is brand new to my cooking repertoire but has quickly muscled its way to the top of my favourite hors d’oeuvres list.

I spotted this beautiful tart online over at Gilt Taste and I was pretty much hooked as soon as I saw the words: bacon + radicchio + cheese. There was also the word “easy” thrown around in the title which never hurts. The final clincher was that this is a recipe from Melissa Clark who is a food columnist for the New York Times and has authored or co-authored 32 cookbooks. After you have written 32 cookbooks I am sure you’ve got a pretty good idea of what makes for a good recipe.

The base of the tart is made from pizza dough and so if you decide to go the store-bought route then this recipe should really take you all of 20 minutes to pull together before it slides into the oven for another 30 minutes or so. If you are looking for a homemade dough recipe, my go-to version can be found here. Note that it will make enough dough for two of these tarts but half the dough could also easily be frozen for another day. I rolled my dough very thin but you could leave it a bit thicker so that these tarts are more like focaccia in texture.

The only changes I made to the original recipe was to use pancetta instead of bacon because that is what I had on hand and I held back a bit of the radicchio that I thinly sliced and scattered over the tart once it had emerged from the oven to give it a hit of colour and a bit of crunch. This one will be made again and again. A keeper.

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4 Responses to Bacon and Radicchio Tart with Gruyère Cheese and Thyme – Day 7 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2011

  1. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and the beautiful photograph! I can’t wait to make it for my guests this weekend.

  2. And then you hooked me with the words: bacon + radicchio + cheese. Your adjustments look perfect to me. Gorgeous tart!

  3. gail monteen bourne says:

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Eve-Christmas Day and the best ever New Year…Hope Max gets everything on his list tonight…Much love from Charlotte, N.C. xoxoxo

  4. Sheryl says:

    …and if I went commercial and used brown rice pizza dough, it would be gluten free!! Deliciously guilt free!
    Happy Christmas Eatin’ !!

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