This goat cheese tart topped with tomatoes and crumbled sweet Italian sausage is a great appetizer or light meal paired with a glass of wine.
I grew up about 25 minutes south of where we currently live. However, I played on a club
soccer team from the town we currently live in for 3 years in high school. Every day we had
practice, I’d get in the car and head “upstate”. Upstate is a funny term when you live in New
York. People from Manhattan consider anything outside the realm of the subway system to be
upstate. Long Islanders think the Bronx is upstate. And then there’s the suburbanites living just
north of NYC (me) that pretty much put Poughkeepsie as the line of division between “upstate”
and “downstate”. As a teenager, I would quickly correct anyone attempting to label me as an
“upstater” as if living among farms, cows, apple orchards and places you could actually still
see land for sale rather than cookie cutter subdivisions on every road was the worst offense
Then I grew up and realized that being able to buy grass fed beef, fresh eggs and goat cheese
all from places within 10 minutes of my house is actually pretty cool. The lower taxes aren’t so
When I got the opportunity to talk about my place worth preserving with Frei Brothers Reserve and Kitchen PLAY, I immediately thought of my favorite farm down the road, Sprout Creek. I’m not sure what I’m more in love with at this place, the goats themselves or the delicious cheese they make. Goats are hysterical if you’ve never been up close and personal with them. In a 2 minute time span of my most recent visit, one was pawing at the fence like she was trying to open it, sticking her head through the opening and nose-butting my phone, licking the lollipop
right out of the hand of the toddler standing next to me while her partner stood on top of a dog-house-looking structure in the middle of the pen like there was absolutely nothing odd about that. I kinda want one.
I grabbed some of their fresh goat cheese after my quick visit with the goats knowing I wanted
to showcase it in a tart to go along with the Frei Brothers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Combined with a quick spinach pesto, homegrown tomatoes and a little bit of sweet Italian sausage dotted on top, this is the perfect wine-sipping appetizer or light meal. The tart is tangy from the goat cheese while the sausage sweetens it up a bit and it goes along really well with the light, fruity brightness of the wine.
- 1 bunch spinach, washed
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ cup pitted kalamata olives
- ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed but still chilled
- 3 ounces goat cheese
- 2 large tomatoes, sliced
- Handful cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 link sweet Italian sausage
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the spinach, garlic, olives and sundried tomatoes in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides and process again for a few seconds until a pesto/paste forms. Set aside.
- Lay the puff pastry sheet on the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using a rolling pin, roll it out a few times to flatten and even it out.
- Spread the pesto (you’ll probably have excess pesto left over) on the puff pastry covering the entire sheet except a 1 inch border around the sides.
- Dot the goat cheese on top of the pesto.
- Layer the tomato slices on top of the goat cheese in rows. Use the cherry tomatoes in between the larger slices.
- Lastly, crumble the sausage on top of the tomatoes and season the whole thing with salt and pepper.
- Bake for about 20-22 minutes until puffed and golden around the edges.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
Make sure to check out Frei Brothers Reserve on Facebook . The winery participates in a list of
sustainable practices including their 50/50 Giveback program for every acre they plant in grape
vines they set aside an acre in its natural state. Frei Ranch is their place worth preserving and
they’re hosting a “places worth preserving” photo contest. Snap a picture of your place, and you
could win a trip to Sonoma County, California to visit their winery and Yosemite National Park.
*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Frei Brothers Reserve. All content and opinions are my