Beenleigh blue, spinach and bacon tart – cheese-maker Ben Harris’s recipe
Cheese-maker Ben Harris of Ticklemore Cheese has a favourite way to cook his Beenleigh Blue cheese: “This recipe is one way I love to eat Beenleigh blue, although my favourite way to have our cheese is just with some biscuits and onion marmalade…”
Preheat the oven to 180C
For the pastry: place the flour, butter and salt in a food processor and pulse until the butter is incorporated. Add the egg and process into a ball. Roll and line a buttered tart tin and refrigerate.
For the filling: chop the bacon into small pieces and fry off in a little oil until slightly crisp.
For the béchamel sauce: melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the flour and cook to a foam over a low heat. Add seasoning and whisk in the milk (discarding the shallot) until the sauce thickens. Remove the pan from the heat, add the egg yolks, grated Parmesan and one-third of the fried bacon, and beat together.
Blanch the baby spinach in boiling, salted water for 1 minute. Drain and squeeze out any excess liquid.
Scald the milk with the shallot and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
Bake the tart case blind for 5 minutes or until the surface of the pastry looks dry. Remove from the oven and spread the spinach and remaining two-thirds of the fried bacon across the base evenly.
Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and use a hand whisk to bring to stiff peaks. Fold the béchamel sauce and cubes of Beenleigh Blue cheese into the whites with a metal spoon using a cutting/folding action. Check the seasoning.
Spread the mixture over the spinach and bacon and return to the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden.
Andy and Kathy’s comment
“You can tell Ben used to be a chef! The tart has a lovely subtle flavour and goes well with a mixed salad and crusty bread or new potatoes. We used shortcrust pastry which had been made the previous day.”
This recipe is one in a collection of recipes gleaned by The Courtyard Dairy from the cheese-makers themselves, detailing how they love to make amazing dishes with the odds and ends of cheese! View more cheese-maker’s recipes here.
Click here to buy Beenleigh Blue cheese online via mail order from The Courtyard Dairy.