Avocado Truffle Tarts

A year ago we were getting ready to leave for our reunion in Italy.

While we were in Italy, I bought some truffles.  

When we got home, I put them in my pantry and admired them often.

It was time to use them (Ya think?)

I wanted something creamy, something mild, to let the truffle be the star.

I mashed half of a ripe avocado with a bit of chevre and added some dry-cured, Bayonne ham.

We were most pleased.

I'm a simple cook at heart….

Avocado Truffle Tarts

Preparation and cooking time:  30 minutes 

 Ingredients:

  • puff pastry, 2 small squares or 1/2 sheet
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 tbs soft goat cheese
  • 1oz (30gr) dry-cured ham, torn into small pieces
  • 1 walnut-size truffle, finely sliced

Truffle Tart

 Instructions:

  • Thaw the puff pastry, if needed.
  • Mash avocado and goat cheese together. 
  • Lay pastry on baking sheet, either nonstick or lightly oiled. 
  • With a knife lightly score a line around the edge of each pastry, about 1/3" (.75 cm) from the edge.  Do not cut through the pastry!  (A butter knife works best.) 
  • Spread the avocado / goat cheese on the pastries. 
  • Divide the truffle and lay on the avocado spread
  • Divide the ham and sprinkle on top.  
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 420F (210C) for 8 – 12 minutes, until sides of pastry have puffed around middle and are golden brown. 
  • Remove and serve.

Avocado Truffle Tart

It quit raining on Tuesday.

After weeks of rain it finally quit.

Which meant that: the lawn needed mowing, the field needed mowing, the rest of the herb garden needed moving and planting, the potager needed tilling and planting, the woods needed cleaning, the banks needed strimming and a few other things.

Of course, it all needed to be done right away, because more rain was forecast.

Of course, I needed to wait until mid-afternoon for the field to dry out as much as possible before I could mow.

I hopped on the tractor and started mowing. 

After about 30 minutes I heard a rattle – more so than usual, that is, it's a very rough field.  I noticed the front bumper was loose.

I drove back up to the barn (mon mari was mowing the front lawn with the little mower) and explained the problem.

I told him I was worried that it would fall off and I'd run over it, doing serious damage.

He told me not to worry, he didn't want to stop and deal with it; just keep mowing.

I kept mowing.

When I got to the absolute, furthest point in the field it fell off, while I was turning the corner, and got wedged under the mower.

I walked back up the hill to the barn and gave mon mari the good news.

I took over mowing with the little mower; he went down to repair the big one.

An hour later, the lawn was finished and the big mower repaired.

And it started raining. 

On Wednesday, after waiting, once again, until mid-afternoon, I hopped on the tractor and started mowing.

After about 45 minutes, in the same far point in the field, turning the same corner (it hadn't been cut whilst dragging the bumper) the tractor came to a complete and sudden stop.

Wouldn't go forward; wouldn't go backward.

I had a flat tire.

I meandered back up the hill to the barn (mon mari was working on the fence).

I was greeted with: 'Now what?!?!?'

Followed by: 'Why does everything go wrong when YOU're on the mower?'

I answered the last question first: 'Because I'm the only one that mows!'

Followed by: 'One of the rear tires is flat.'

That ended the mowing for Wed.  The tire had to go to the tire shop to be repaired.

I spent all yesterday afternoon finishing the mowing.

Today he tilled the potager and I finally got all my lovely tomato plants in the ground.

Just in time, too. 

Right after I got in the house the storm hit.

It hailed.

Then there was a downpour.

I just came back from standing them all up again…. They look pretty bruised.

How was your week?

 

8 thoughts on “Avocado Truffle Tarts”

  1. Oh, Katie, what a sad tale of multiple woes! And having your mari ask _that_ question in just _that_ tone! Grrrr! I’d have decked him! 🙂 Glad your tomatoes are in the ground, anyway. Mine is still in a pot, awaiting a surge of energy from me.

  2. Well, I got rained out of a trash and treasure market where I had a stall this morning – most of the clothes I was selling are very damp and draped everywhere drying and I think the books are beyond repair with their pages stuck together. The forecast was NOT for rain so I was unprepared. Not a great way to start the weekend!!

  3. Although I rarely bake the avocado, this recipe has me enthusiastic to make your puff pastry treat…especially with the combo of goat cheese ;o)
    Have a lovely week.
    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  4. What is it with hail this year? It’s everywhere. Last month it decimated all my seedings. But things have bounced back and I’m sure your tomato plants will, too. Remember, you have too many . . . LOL . . .

  5. Oh Katie, I feel your pain. In my case, it’s the killing frost. This d*** global warming is causing frost as late as April 27th! :)So while all my tomatoes have been in the ground for about a month, most of their tops are dead and will take some time for new suckers to come out. Oh well, you pays your money and takes your chances.
    Hope the sun comes out,
    Chuck

  6. Zoomie, so much was going wrong that day – all we can do is laugh…. A little later.
    manningroad, almost as bad as constant rain is unexpected rain. Too bad about the books…..
    Foodessa, cooked avocado is surprisingly good – and always good with goat cheese LOL
    Gary, they are improving. When we lived in Andorra any hail was devastating – destroyed the tobacco crop. Never too many… Never
    Brassfrog, okay, I remember having snow in May when I lived in Minnesota… Probably no frost tho. And I never planted before Memorial day ;-))

  7. Chaya, goat cheese goes with everything – thanks for the suggestion – I’ll have a look.

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