Egg, Bacon, and Chive Breakfast Tart

by Shawnda on January 17, 2009

in Breakfast,Mother's Day

Breakfast Tart

The worst kind of hangover doesn’t come on New Year’s morning, it doesn’t come on Seis de Mayo, and it doesn’t rear its ugly head the day after your 21st birthday. The worst kind of hangover is alcohol-free and comes the day after your team was unexpectedly eliminated from the playoffs in the Wildcard round.

This Houston native has sure experienced her share of disappointments when it comes to her professional sports teams. The series with the ’86 Mets, the goose egg in the 2005 World Series, and any Oilers season (reader’s choice!) – but most of all, the worst three words in a Houston football fan’s vocab: The Buffalo Game.

Breakfast Tart

The Buffalo Game and the fall-out that ensued was so bad, I floated through the ’97 season teamless and on edge, vowing to pledge my future loyalty to the team that earned the worst record. I’d never root for the ex-Oilers and no one could ever accuse me of being a bandwagon fan. Plus, I was good at dealing with football misery so there would be no trouble learning to love a bad team :) (but I do thank God every December that ’97 wasn’t the Lions year!)

I chose to nurse my hangover on Sunday in the kitchen, inspired by a pretty picture from the latest Williams-Sonoma catalog. (They really do know just when to mail me something!)

With real spring training action still a couple months away and the Colts (and my Atlanta-native husband’s Falcons) not returning to the field until September, it’ll be a loooong off-season. But we’ll manage – we’re used to it by now.

And for the record, I still love Bum.

Egg, Bacon, and Chive Breakfast Tart

Perfect for a special occasion breakfast or brunch, this tart combines pre-made puff pastry with cheese, eggs, bacon, and chives.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tsp. water
  • 3 oz creme fraiche or cream cheese
  • 2 oz shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 oz shredded Romano, plus more for serving
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 bacon slices, cooked until crisp
  • 3 eggs
  • 10 fresh chives, cut on the bias into 1/2-inch lengths

Instructions

  1. Thaw the puff pastry dough according to the package instructions.
  2. Preheat an oven to 425F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  3. Unfold the puff pastry onto the prepared baking sheet, pinching to close any holes in the seams. Using a paring knife, score a border 1/2 inch in from the edge of the pastry. Using a fork, prick the center of the pastry. Brush the border with the egg wash and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the creme fraiche and cheese, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread the mixture on the pastry, keeping the border clean. Lay the bacon on top, slightly overlapping the slices. Bake the tart for 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a level heatproof surface. Using a fork, prick any large air pockets in the pastry. Crack the eggs onto the tart, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still soft, 7 to 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer the tart to a platter, garnish with the chives and serve immediately.

Notes

Yields: 4 Servings

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

Estimated time: 45 minutes

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Monica H January 18, 2009 at 3:12 am

Ooh, I just saw this in their catalog earlier in the week and it looked so good. I will definitely have to go get some puff pastry so I can make this!

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2 Sylvie January 18, 2009 at 6:10 am

That looks like a fantastic way to start any day! Sorry to hear your team didn’t make it.

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3 Gretchen Noelle January 18, 2009 at 6:47 am

This does look really delicious! Hope it helped the hangover!

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4 VeggieGirl January 18, 2009 at 7:23 am

Aww, haha!! Hang in there!! :-D

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5 dawn January 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

Now that’s a breakfast!

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6 b*schus January 18, 2009 at 10:23 am

I’m so thrilled you made this! I also bookmarked it when I saw it in the W-S catalog and have been planning to make it next weekend when we have family in town. I really appreciate the tip about the browning. How long would you recommend pre-baking the crust?

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7 Joelen January 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

Looks like a fabulous tart to comfort a hangout and/or wake up to!

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8 Kate January 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm

It’s interesting when the same sort of recipe makes the rounds among retailers. This looks just like the pizza that was in Bon Apetit last month!

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9 An Atlanta Bride January 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Just stumbled across your blog. Love it!!

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10 foodiebride January 18, 2009 at 8:31 pm

b*schus – I’d aim for 14 minutes but would check it around 10 to see if it was browned/puffed enough.

Atlanta Bride – Welcome, and thank you :)

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11 Sarah January 19, 2009 at 11:05 am

Well, my team (the Chiefs) had no chance of even entering the playoffs this year. We were lucky we won the two games. It was a rough year.
Although, i have to agree that this amazing looking tart could cure some of the football blues.

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12 Lisa January 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I just made this myself over the weekend. I made it in my round tart pan because the puff pastry I found was too small to make it in a square. We loved it though!

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13 IMFUN January 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm

so I guess I shouldn’t gloat over the fact that my STEELERS are goin to the superbowl???

OH… that’s right… I just did! :-}

I am going to have to put this on my must try list. :)

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14 Abby January 19, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I have that EXACT page torn out and on my desk at home. It looks SO GOOD! Great minds think alike, eh?

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15 diva January 20, 2009 at 4:31 am

wow if i was hangover and alive enough to make that, i think my housemates will worship me forever. right now, this is exactly what i want for breakfast. i imagine heaven to be serving this at 7oclock morning daily! :D gorgeous tart.

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16 Michelle January 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Puff pastry, check. Eggs, check. Bacon, check. Cheese, check. Fantastic, CHECK! :-)

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17 Shawna January 22, 2009 at 9:11 am

This looks fantastic!!! I’m marking it down as a “must-try!”

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18 Melissa January 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm

How funny! I was planning to make this recipe when I received the same catalog in the mail, but opted for the Cassoulet instead…which was a big winner, even though I cooked it in my Le Creuset instead of the Crock-Pot. This one is definitely up next – yum!

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