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Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart

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A savory tart made with creamy goat cheese, basil, and candied red peppers, both luxurious and inviting. The perfect side dish for any holiday meal. 

Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart #holidays #christmas #Thanksgiving #tart

I’m a sucker for savory pies and tarts, especially around the holidays.

The crisp buttery crust layered with cheese, herbs, and toppings is almost more than I can bear.

Every fall I bake up a new variety to share with friends and family at holiday events. Last year’s green bean mushrooms tart was a huge success. And before that there was a lovely not-so-sweet pear and brie tart, and a fresh tomato tart that was hard to beat.

Simple Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart #holidays #christmas #Thanksgiving #tart

Coming up with obscure traditions that only mean something to me is big fun in my little world… like annual savory tart day!


Goat Cheese & Red Pepper Tart #holidays #christmas #Thanksgiving #tart

Plus, savory tarts offer a sneaky platform for smuggling veggies into your children. No one ever argues about eating vegetables when they are served in pie form.

That is a fact.

Making - Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart #holidays #christmas #Thanksgiving #tart

Our farmers markets are closing down for the year, but fortunately, I saved some of the best peppers this season with my FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer.

Remember my post about experimenting with a FoodSaver?

I vacuum sealed some vibrant red Italian Marconi Peppers in September, put them in my basement fridge for later use, and forgot all about them.

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer

Then earlier this week, I found them down stairs and was amazed to see that they were still in good shape 7 weeks later.


I am officially sold on my FoodSaver. The basil I vacuum sealed lasted 2 whole weeks, and that is approximately 12 days, 8 hours, and 42 minutes longer than it usually lasts. Give or take a few minutes.

Goat Cheese & Candied Red Pepper Tart #holidays #christmas #Thanksgiving #tart

This easy tart is filled with ultra creamy goat cheese and fresh basil leaves. Then topped with sweet sliced red pepper, and a little drizzle of honey, so that the red peppers “candy” as the tart bakes. See how glossy they are?

The sweet and tangy quality of the red pepper top works wonders with the cream goat cheese filling below. This was a match made in heaven.

Easy Savory Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart #holidays #christmas #Thanksgiving #tart

Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart #holidays #christmas #Thanksgiving #tart
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Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
A savory tart made with creamy goat cheese, basil, and candied red peppers, both luxurious and inviting.
Servings: 12 slices


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cup Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 stick COLD unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-5 tablespoons ice-cold booze whiskey, brandy, vodka

For the Filling:

  • 10 ounces chevre goat cheese softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 2-3 Marconi sweet peppers or red bell peppers cut into thin rings
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. For the Crust: Add the flour, butter and salt to a food processor, and pulse until chopped into small pellet-like pieces. Pour the booze over ice to chill, then strain the ice and add 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing the mixture, until in just comes together. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once the dough has chilled, flour a work surface and a roll it out into a large 11-inch circle. Carefully fold it over the rolling pin and move to a tart pan. Lower the crust into the pan, don't stretch. Fit the crust down into the edges, then crimp off the excess dough over the top of the pan.
  • Mix the softened goat cheese and egg until smooth. Then spread evenly at the bottom of the tart. Lay a a single layer of fresh basil leaves over the goat cheese. Then layer the red peppers over the basil leaves, overlapping. Drizzle the honey over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake the tart on the lowest rack for 35 minutes, until the crust is baked through and the red peppers and honey look "candied" and glossy. Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 191mg, Potassium: 67mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1155IU, Vitamin C: 25.4mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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158 comments on “Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart”

  1. So good!

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  3. Well, I’m hoping we get some venison this weekend – I could use it to freeze that. Otherwise we save money by buying family packs at the grocery store and repackaging in our family-sized amounts!

  4. This recipe looks wonderful. Am trying this weekend for hubby. Food Saver would be a real financial blessing in our home, allowing us to better preserve the food we purchase. Have looked at it for along time now. Thank you for making available to the lucky person and good luck to all.

  5. I’d like to use it on produce from the farmer’s market.

  6. I would love to use this food vacuum for all the goods I bake in preparation for a baby!

  7. I just came upon your site yesterday and I cant wait to start cooking – this would be a great way to get started.

  8. I love the idea of having 2 weeks to use fresh herbs! I currently chop and freeze in virgin olive oil, but fresh is much better in many dishes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I would use it to organize freezing cooking ingredients.

  10. Wow, thanks for the great giveaway…..I would use this to store carrots for my dog. Yep I said dog and not horse, though my sweeet and buxom 90 pound lady labrador looks a lot like one. She’s just built that way as her mom and dad were XL, but she loves her carrots (and everything else) so we could store them in large quantities and buy in bulk!

  11. I really want one of these!!!! I registered for one when we got married but never got it. Would love to save more food. It’s just my husband and I and I hate to waste food. Love the recipe too – looking forward to trying it out.

  12. I already subscribe to your blog

  13. veggies and fish!

  14. I would use it when I do bulk cooking to help save meals for a few weeks.

  15. Love the combination of goat cheese and red peppers!

  16. This tart is STUNNING!! I love the red peppers!

  17. I would use it to freeze chicken and meat that I buy in bulk as well as veggies. It would save me a lot of money

  18. I have worn my food saver out! This ould be the perfect replacement. Have to make the tart, just can’t tell the kid what kind of cheese is in it!

  19. This tart looks perfect for all occasions!

  20. Buying in bulk is such a great money savings, the foodsaver would be an awesome help!

  21. I have wanted one of these food savers for awhile now..I would use for freezer meals..all my summer veggies to freeze..cheese, lunch-meat..and storing pasta, rice, grains..we had a bug problem this summer and I lost 100’s of dollars of product..cereal, crackers, pastas..on and on. Thanks!

  22. FoodSaver vacuum would allow me to eat fresher!

  23. Since I’m single and live alone, this FoodSaver vacuum would be a wonderful resource for keeping the (often bulk-sized) sale items I buy fresher for longer. It would reduce my waste and allow me to buy a wider variety of produce items that I am sometimes hesitant to do for fear of them going to waste from spoiling. This ultimately would help me to eat healthier while saving on my food budget. In addition, it would allow me to try out more recipes and experiment with cooking more often – something that as it is has some limitations due to ingredient freshness.

  24. This is a fantastic giveaway. We live about one hour away from the closest grocery store. I try to only make one or two trips to town a month. It is hard to find good fresh food here, so when found this would be better than better.

  25. We buy our meat in large quantities. Use it for freezing the meat
    thanks for such an awesome giveaway

  26. I would use it for freezing meat. I buy large packages of meat and divide them.

  27. I’d love to pre-prep my veggies and be able to store them for future soups and stews down the road!

  28. I would buy in bulk and freeze meats, nuts, spices, etc. Great for stretching my budget!

  29. I’d use the food sealer to freeze meat, vegetables, and fruits. It would help there to be less waste from freezer burn.

  30. As many things as possible. Thank you!

  31. I’d love it for so many things. Preserving summers treats and keeping meat fresh- sauces, etc. It would be endless. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Would love to win this FoodSaver!

  33. I would use it to wrap and freeze meat that we buy at Costco

  34. This Food Saver 2-in-1 is what I need as I used to buy meat in bulk and keep in the freezer for later dates use, this will keep the meat longer fresh.

  35. I buy alot of food in bulk and then freeze it so this would be awesome!

  36. I would first use it to store fresh produce.

  37. Similar to other posts… I do a lot of freezer cooking and this would really really be a helpful tool in my kitchen for my small family. Love the pictures in your blog :) I am not a fan of anything goat (was forced to eat/drink it as a child) BUT this looks so beautiful :)

  38. Came upon your blog because of the Asian turkey creation posting. I love your sense of humor and blog style. Have always wanted to get a vacuum sealer but haven’t got a chance to. Look forward to winning and put it to good use!

  39. I would be so excited to receive this food savor I would be able to save so much money buying in bulk and not throwing away frozen food or refrigerated food that spoils because it’s exposed to air!

  40. I batch cook and it would be very helpful if I had this Food Saver to freeze my meals without getting freezer burned. Not to mention all of the meat and ingredients I buy in bulk.

  41. I’d use this to freeze meat, because I like to buy it in bulk.

  42. Would love to replace my Original Food Saver – a Seal- A- Meal… also have a manual vacuum sealer… NOT as good as a Food saver BUT when No power is available… Wallah>>>

  43. I was so excited I forgot to comment on the tempting,, luscious goat cheese tart! This is high on the list to try this weekend! Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  44. I usually cook my freshly purchased Farmers Market meats, chicken, pork and lovely veggies while they are fresh, but need to freeze some. I´d loove not to have to freeze them!
    I´ve had my eye on one of these FoodSavers for soo long, but have not yet gotten it into my “buy now” list. How exciting.

  45. This would be AWSOME for the holidays….always have something left over from cooking and I hate the thought of waste.

  46. I would vacuum seal meals for my son to have at college – he hates the food there, he says he thinks the food isn’t fit for human consumption.

  47. We end up with left overs. I would use to freeze them for later. Thanks.s

  48. I would vacuum seal dough etc so I could get started on my holiday baking!

  49. I’d love to win this food saver. have always wanted one but couldn’t afford one. pick me pick me!!!

  50. there are tons of ways i would use the food saver!,my mom is always buying food and forgetting about it in the fridge so this would come in handy to help preserve foods, also we usually buy things like chicken, or fish ect in bulk so this would be use for that and many more things im sure thanks

  51. SO many things. I love when chilies are fresh in the summer. Sun dried tomatoes. Herbs are at their best. Would love to be able to preserve them longer. The list is endless.

  52. I have been looking at a Food Saver but haven’t decided yet … winning would make my decision so much easier :)

  53. I buy meat in bulk at Costco and having this food saver would allow me to keep my meat longer.

  54. I would love to use this for when I buy my meats in bulk while they’re on sale and then portion them to the size I use for cooking! That would just be the beginning though, it’d also be awesome to have when I make large batches and want to freeze half! :)

  55. I buy 5 lbs or more of organic ground beef, sausage and bone-in chicken breast when they are on sale at our local meat market. I brown the beef and sausage and pack into one pound ziplocs and freeze for easy use in casseroles, tacos, biscuits and gravy. I cook the chicken in my crock pot, all day, with a can of broth and then strain the broth for use in soup or casseroles and take chicken, from the bone and freeze in recipe size amounts for use when a recipe calls for cooked chicken. It makes meal time easy for me or my husband to prepare as we are disabled and cooking isn’t as easy as it once was. This food saver would keep our frozen meat fresher for a long period of time.

  56. I’d use a foodsaver for when I power cook.

  57. We buy our meats in bulk and freeze them. This food saver would allow us to keep our meats fresher longer.

  58. I would love to have a food saver to extend the life of our fresh vegetables out in the garden! Thanks for the basil tip!

  59. I would sure use this prize when i make big pots of comfort soup during the winter stormy days here on the coast……

  60. This tart looks amazing. My husband, best friend and I are going to a concert tomorrow night. We were going to go out to dinner first, but I think this might be way better. At home with a salad and a fabulous tart for dinner, then a concert, could it get any better?
    I cannot believe those peppers were not frozen, did I misunderstand that they were in the FRIDGE??? for 7 weeks?

  61. I would save my cheese! I’m only one person and love my variety of cheeses on hand at all times!

  62. Beautiful dish- Love the pop of red-

    I would use it for storage- we are big on stocking up. So trips to the butcher would be followed by preparing all the food for the freezer.

  63. I’ve had a FoodSaver for years; I tell my daughter and her friends that the key to saving money on food is Costco and a FoodSaver. Meat especially; I still buy in bulk though both daughters are now on their own and meat stays great for a year or more. Could not live without it. Could use a new one though. :)

    What a gorgeous tart; perfect for this season!

  64. I would use the vacuum sealer to freeze all my seasonal vegetables!

  65. Cant wait to win this ;) No more wasted food!! Haoray!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. My family has shrunk… its now just me and my husband. So much food goes to waste. The Vacuum sealer would help solve the problem.

  67. I would use the food saver to stock my freezer with batches of soups and stews to make the busy holiday weeknights even easier!

  68. I want to buy our meat in bulk and break it into smaller packages. The foodsaver would be perfect for that.

  69. Looks delicious

  70. You had me at “candied red peppers!”

  71. I love the idea of using this food saver to keep basil!

  72. I’m looking forward to sharing this tart recipe with my dad.

  73. I’d use it to stock up on meat, fish, and blanched vegetables!

  74. I most definitely would use this FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer by buying more foods in bulk, dividing and sealing them and freezing them! Especially meats and cheese, etc.

  75. I’m pretty busy and I get so sad when something I want to place in the refrigerator becomes useless and I have to throw it away! I already know that this vacuum sealer will help me immensely and I’m eager to own one! Thanks for this give away on your website!

  76. I would use it for almost anything… homemade stocks, soups and stews, fruits and veggies from the garden, meats, and of course, leftovers

  77. OMG, this tart sounds amazing and my boys keep telling me I need food saver, just can’t afford it so winning one would be fantastic!

  78. I would use my vacuum sealer to freeze meat. We recently just moved from San Diego to the middle of NO WHERE in Pennsylvania for my husbands job and now have to drive quite a long ways to get good quality meat (Costco is 2 hours away). Other than diapers, my main purchase is meat. Seriously Costco meat is the best, but sometimes it goes bad because I do not have the proper means to freeze it. Think of all the money I could save with the vacuum sealer!!!!

  79. I would use it to stock up on meats!

  80. I would use a food saver system to help with keeping fresh herbs longer lasting! What a delicious looking tart!

  81. I would use my new FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer to freeze meats and keep fresh produce longer.

  82. I would love to try using it to prolong the life of fresh produce!

  83. It’s just my boyfriend and I, so even though I halve most recipes, I still always have lots of leftovers. I love freezing things I can keep for awhile before reheating. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  84. Unfortunately I hate buying fresh produce because it never lasts. A food saver is an awesome idea but I didn’t know anyone who uses one. Seeing your comments and how well the product works is really making me think harder about getting one. Fresh produce tastes so much better than the canned/frozen stuff and the longer I can keep it means the less waste of food and money and the better I like it.

  85. I would make freezer meals for those busy days!

  86. To freeze fresh veggies or meat when I buy in bulk.

  87. This tart looks AMAZING! I love goat cheese and like to use it as much as I can, this looks perfect :)

  88. I am really bad with letting cheese go bad, I would start with saving my cheese

  89. I would use it for lots of things!!! leftovers, snack foods like pretzels and potato chips… I would definitely use it to freeze meat.

  90. This looks amazing! Now I know what I want to do with the goat cheese I’ve got hidden away in the fridge :)

  91. I would use a food saver all year long to improve storage of garden produce, leftovers and freezer meals.

  92. I love goat cheese, so this recipe sounds great. Oh and i would love to win the foodsaver. i have been putting off buying one for several years. It would come in sooo handy.

  93. Gorgeous tart, I love the goat cheese & pepper pairing!

  94. This would be the perfect addition at Thanksgiving! And 7 weeks- that’s unbelievable!

  95. I could devour this tart all day long!! Love goat cheese and peppers!!

  96. I would use it to freeze different foods especially veggies and fruit from my garden

  97. I’d use it to stock up on sale items and also to prepare meals ahead.

  98. buying in bulk and sealing prepped meals for quick dinners

  99. for my cheese and veggies!

  100. Bulk meat to freeze! We go through veggies and fruits too fast to use it for those :)

  101. I think I would use it to freeze half of meat packages. I am trying to use less meat in recipes and have half a pkg leftover a lot of times. Oh and for my garden yield, too.

  102. I never thought about putting basil in a food saver. I’m going to try it with some cilantro!

  103. Ooh this looks just gorgeous! I’m obsessed with goat’s cheese, and roasted red peppers are amazing. I love how you cut full round slices of the peppers, looks so pretty!

  104. I would use a food saver system to help with buying in bulk and making items ahead and freezing them.

  105. I always buy fresh vegetables, and I’m pretty limited with just going to Kroger as it is quick and easy. With this, I could go to our farmers market, which does take more time and effort, and SAVE all of that lovely produce for more than a few days! That would be fantastic!

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  107. I seriously love my foodsaver! I just made a recipe from produce i bought fresh at the farmers market in september! your tart is stunning, Sommer!

  108. I would use the food saver to preserve garden veggies.

  109. I’d use the foodsaver to freeze meat!

  110. Oh my goodness, I would use this all the time! I can never use fresh herbs fast enough so some of it always goes bad. This would be an amazing way to preserve them!

  111. I would stock up on fruit and freeze it!

  112. What a great idea, savory tart day! Could do that once a month. Anything that saves home grown produce has my vote!!

  113. I would seal EVERYTHING!!! lol Meats, veggies, freezer meals…

  114. We have an older Foodsaver, but I’d love an upgrade.

    We love buying meats in bulk, and freezing into portions for two. :-)

  115. I’d spend less time canning and more time enjoying my garden

  116. Since I live in an area where there isn’t much organic meat, I buy meat in bulk whenever I am in such an area. With this foodsaver, it would allow me to keep my meat fresher for longer!

  117. That is so, so, SO PRETTY! How I’d love a piece right now for lunch!

  118. I would use this to keep meat fresher.

  119. I can’t get over how *hungry* this is making me! It looks SO delicious! Great giveaway too!

  120. This recipe looks fabulous! I love roasted red peppers and goat cheese. A food saver vacuum would help with freezing recipes I make in batches.

  121. I would use this for chicken , beef, and veggies to continue to keep fresh

  122. i would definitely use it to buy bulk meat and break it down into single portions for my freezer

  123. I currently have a food saver, but it’s on its last legs. My favorite use for the food saver is for meat. I love to add marinade to the meat and then use the food saver to make family sized portions. When I take the meat out of the freezer, it’s marinading while it thaws. Works perfectly!

  124. Oh a vacuum sealer would be wonderful!

  125. Eating locally as I do, I save a LOT of produce for the long New York winters (the chest freezer is packed to the brim). I’ve long thought about trying out a Food Saver, but haven’t bit the bullet. Winning one would be great! :)

  126. I would use it for homemade raviolis, I make hundreds at holiday time and it would be great for salmon !

  127. I would use it to make homemade sausage!

  128. Looks delicious! LOVE the goat cheese, red pepper combo!

  129. the food saver would be great for CSA items we are not able to use right away!

  130. Going back to work after 10 years home raising kids, I could use a lot of help making meals in advance and tucking them away for future dinners. Thank you!

  131. We had a food saver…and cooked loads of chicken anticipating to ‘seal it up’ for when our babe comes for ready-meals…and found it was dead. We are a bit lost without our FoodSaver!

  132. We used to have a food-saver but it’s old and not sealing well, definitely in the market for a new one! Love your site! Thanks,

  133. We’d use the foodsaver to help with marinating chicken as well as for keeping herbs longer.

  134. I shop at Costco, love the meats but 6 steaks are a few too many for one meal.

  135. That food saver would have come in very handy as I tried to figure out what to do with all my garden produce this summer!

  136. I recently became an empty-nester and have been considering one of these thingamadoodles so I can still buy my meats at Sam’s. You totally sold me :)

  137. I love to buy meat in bulk then divide it for individual meals! Love a food saver :)

  138. This is just lovely Sommer! I love those red peppers!

  139. def. fish – I buy fish in bulk at Costco – and would love to portion it out more!

  140. Great for garden produce. And salads!

  141. I have a much older version of this, and I use it for dividing bulk cheese into smaller portions and freezing it. I’ve also used it for spices and pre-frozen berries (so they don’t turn into jam in the vacuum). Love the FoodSaver! (This recipe looks right up may alley, too!)

  142. We have a big garden so I could find a lot of uses for a vacuum sealer. Thinking it would be great for salads, too.

  143. I would love to use the food saver on fresh berries that I pick in the summer months.

  144. I’d use it to seal cheese since we buy it in huge quantities!

  145. Can’t wait to tell my readers about this giveaway! There’s been lots of questions about vacuum sealing after they toured my freezer. =)

  146. I’d love a FoodSaver for those garden peppers next year!

  147. you do not know how long I have wanted one of these – i have a very small garden each year and need a new way to preserve my herbs and produce besides canning. I would use the food saver to vacuum just about everything!! thanks for the give-away!

  148. I would use the FoodSaver for all my peppers next year!

  149. I’ve been thinking about getting a food saver for a while – can’t believe how long those peppers lasted.

  150. I love getting things on sale and dividing it up for later use. This would help things last longer.

  151. I would buy meat on sale and freeze it!

  152. I always end up not sealing my meats properly and they get dried out and I have to throw a lot away. I’d use this for that!

  153. I’m in love with red pepper flavor right now. This iooks wonderfully good!

  154. I belong to a CSA so I would love a foodsaver!

  155. Red peppers and goat cheese in a flaky crust? Can’t go wrong here!! This sounds amazing :-)