The day after New Year’s our friends at Bridge Farm invited us to a “locavore” potluck. It was an amazing and fun afternoon. We got to meet a lot of new people, all of whom are producing some wonderful products. The challenge of the potluck was, as you can imagine, creating a dish with local ingredients. I knew that I could have busted out some meat and gone that route, but I really wanted to make some kind of casserole so there would be more than enough to share. I have plenty of chevre in the freezer, so I thought that I would indulge in a recipe I have been dying to make from the Former Chef’s blog. It’s her roasted beet, leek and goat cheese tart recipe. Absolutely delicious! I got locally grown organic beets which I then roasted. On top of the partially cooked pie crust you put chopped leeks that have been wilted or sauteed, with the sliced, roasted beets next, then a layer of crumbled goat cheese, and then you pour over the whole thing a mixture of milk (or cream) and eggs. And baked. It was fabulous. When I make it again I am going to slice the beets a little more thinly, but otherwise it was lovely. As were all of the other offerings on the absolutely groaning table!
The local parts of that tart were the beets (Goranson’s Farm), leeks (Ruit Farm freezer from a few years ago, so they were a tad freezer-burned), goat cheese (Ruit Farm), milk (Straw’s Farm raw cow’s milk), and Ruit Farm eggs. Alas, the pie crust stumped me! I did use Kate’s New England butter and King Arthur flour, but that’s as close as I could get. All the other potluck dishes were absolutely wonderful and it was a very successful locavore gathering.
We always try to use products that are as local as possible, but having to really think about and plan a meal like that made me appreciate how much we have locally available to us in the midcoast Maine region. Maybe when we get the Somerset grist mill in the old Skowhegan jail up and running there will be more local flour available here, at least.
For a very enjoyable look at another blog I have just recently found, I recommend the Lovely Locavore Ladies of Boston blog. They really take the locally eating experience seriously. (Great pictures as well). I wish that I had taken a picture of my beet and leek tart before the party. I never did get a photo and it’s been very happily consumed :*)