Rustic Pumpkin, Goat Cheese, and Pine Nut Tart

This simple and elegant appetizer is perfect for fall. I like to cut it into thin wedges and serve it as finger food—no need for forks here. It’s all about pumpkin, just sprinkled with goat cheese and pine nuts on top of a rustic savory tart. The crust is made with white wine, white whole wheat flour and olive oil and is so quick and easy to make, you can whip it up in less than 5 minutes. Simply roll it out, spread the pumpkin, sprinkle on the cheese and pine nuts, and pop it in the oven.


3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp white whole wheat flour
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup white wine

1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin (no added sugar or salt)
1/4 cup goat cheese
2 Tbsp pine nuts


Preheat oven to 400 F.
Place the flour, olive oil, white wine and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until a ball forms (30 seconds). 
Take out the dough ball (it will be very soft), place a little flour in your hands, and place it on a lightly floured surface.
Using a rolling pin, gently roll into a circle about 9 inch in diameter—it doesn't have to be perfect.
Transfer onto a lightly floured baking sheet.
Spread the pumpkin evenly over the dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge.
Sprinkle with goat cheese and pine nuts.
Fold the edge of the dough up over the mixture to create a 1-inch border.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

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By Catherine Katz, Ph.D.| October 22, 2017
Categories:  Recipes
Keywords:  Cuisinicity

About the Author

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine is the founder of Cuisinicity- Love the Food That Loves You Back, a website where good food and good health come together in a way that is feasible for today’s busy families, as it has been for hers (Catherine and her husband, Nutrition expert Dr David L. Katz, have 5 children!). Catherine’s recipes have been widely featured in national media, including ABC News, O Magazine, Eating Well, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s World, Fitness, Shape, and many others. She is the co-creator of the Nutrition Detectives™ food label literacy program, now in use by thousands of schools all over the world and has collaborated in the production of other health promotion programming, including the Unjunk Yourself® music video program.


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