herbed goat cheese
basil pesto sauce.
Tomato Tarte Tatin
which is puff pastry with tomato confit, herbed goat cheese, frisee, atop a swirl of basil pesto sauce.
Although the combination of the cheese and puff pastry sounds a bit heavy, the dish actually came off surprisingly light.
The dough was flaky and buttery...just kind of crumbled when poked with the fork, and the cheese was creamy and flavorful.
I had originally been expecting freshly sliced tomatoes with the tarte, but when it was brought out I noticed that it was actually like stewed tomatoes (almost looked like a red sauce, with roasted tomato slices).
Actually, when all of the elements combined in my mouth it tasted like a super gourmet pizza. The most interesting element on the plate, however, was the basil pesto. I took the pesto for granted as a garnish when I first saw the dish, but once I got a little taste, I couldn't seem to get enough. The pesto is very thin and almost looks watered-down, but the strength of flavor is unexpected and incredible. Such a miniscule element, but it really pulls the whole plate together.