Maple Grilled Eggplant Goat Cheese Tarts: A Daring Cooks Challenge

This Daring Cooks challenge hosted by Twenty-Fingered Cooking asked cooks to create a recipe that includes an ingredient from each list.

List 1 (The Vegetable List):  Parsnips, Eggplant (aubergine), Cauliflower
List 2 (The “Strong Flavor” List): Balsamic Vinegar, Goat Cheese, Chipotle peppers
List 3 (The Weird List): Maple Syrup, Instant Coffee, Bananas

Being a sometime over-achiever, I included two things from list 2.

Maple Grilled Eggplant Goat Cheese Tarts


  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 large eggplant, sliced the long way
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 pie crust pastry
  • 1 T Parmesan cheese
  • 4 T goat cheese
  • 1 t rosemary leaves


  1. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt. Brush over the eggplant slices.
  2. Grill the eggplant over medium heat, about six minutes on each side.
  3. Saute the onions until tender.
  4. Cut out four circles of pastry, and assemble the tarts. On each tart, include a quarter of the Parmesan cheese, sauteed onions, eggplant, goat cheese, and rosemary.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.

The assembled tarts before baking:

The finished tarts were delicious–the touch of sweetness from the maple syrup offset the tang of the balsamic and combined well with the creaminess of the eggplant and goat cheese.

My resident taster gave it his approval.

Over-achieving aside, I stand by my decision not to top the tarts off with instant coffee or bananas.

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9 Responses to Maple Grilled Eggplant Goat Cheese Tarts: A Daring Cooks Challenge

  1. Suz says:

    Welcome to the Daring Cooks! I love your goat cheese and maple grilled eggplant tarts. Sounds like a beautiful combination of flavours and textures.
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  2. Makey-Cakey says:

    Mmmmm – these look fantastic. Sophisticated and delicious – yum!
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  3. Welcome to the daring cooks 🙂
    I think your tarts sound and look amazing
    great job on your first challenge
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  4. David says:

    “Over-achieving aside, I stand by my decision not to top the tarts off with instant coffee or bananas.”

    I approve of this decision — I think they look perfect the way they are. I like the pastry tart idea, it’s very unique!

  5. sammy says:

    These look really really delish! I love the combo
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  6. Diane Balch says:

    Eggplant and goat cheese, sounds like heaven to me. Please share this on my foodie friday linky today.

  7. Diane Balch says:

    So glad you shared this, hope you’ll come back next week to foodie friday.
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