You Asked For It: Chicken pecan tart

The Wildflower Cafe on Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater has a fantastic chicken pecan tart. Would they share the recipe?

Mary Jean Daniels, Trinity

Mary Jean, you are in luck. Wildflower Cafe partner/chef Joan Dragon generously shares the recipe. She says they have "nipped and tucked" this recipe over the years and it is a favorite item on the menu. And Mary Jean is right, it is fantastic. Though a little time-consuming to prepare, with cooking the chicken and then chopping chicken, pecans and onions, it is worth the effort.

The chef does have a few notes: Use both white and dark chicken; to unmold, run around the edges with a plastic spatula; serve warm, reheated in the oven. Wildflower Cafe serves this with mango chutney, but Joan thinks any interesting chutney, marmalade or hot pepper jelly would be nice.

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Wildflower Cafe Chicken Pecan Tart

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (depending on your taste)

4 ounces chopped pecans

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 cup canola oil

Cooking spray

For the filling:

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups sour cream

3/4 cup chicken broth

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3 dashes Tabasco

3/4 teaspoon dry dill

3 ounces shredded cheddar

1/3 cup chopped Vidalia onion

12 ounces chopped, cooked chicken meat

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put flour, cheese, pecans, salt, paprika and oil into a bowl and mix to combine. Remove 1 cup to use as topping.

Prepare 10-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Put the crumb crust into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly over the bottom and up the side about 1 inch. Pat down. Bake crust at 350 for about 15 minutes. While this bakes, prepare the filling.

Mix together eggs, sour cream, chicken broth, mayonnaise, Tabasco, dill, cheddar, onion and chicken and pour into baked crumb crust. Scatter the reserved cup of crumbs over the top and pat down gently.

Bake the tart at 350 degrees for another 45 minutes or so, just until it is set in the middle. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate. It is easiest to unmold if chilled.

Makes one 10-inch tart (Wildflower Cafe cuts it into 8 servings).

Source: Joan Dragon, Wildflower Cafe partner/chef

You Asked For It: Chicken pecan tart 05/12/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 4:30am]

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