Manchego Chorizo Egg Tart

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I need your advice.

What do you do for dates?

I don’t mean Medjool or Deglet Noor, fresh or dried, put them in salad or wrap them with bacon.

I’m talking QT with your main squeeze.

I’ve got a hankering to spice things up. I want to leave The Blacklist and various “Movies On Demand” in our dust and ride off into the sunset to do things new and exciting – or at least new and. . . fun? Weird? Unusual? Silly?

A couple of weeks ago, I got the bee in my bonnet that I wanted to go on a “couples sunset kayak adventure” in the nature preserve.

This, I thought, was a grand romantic idea.

Until I remembered the mosquitos.

And thought about the twelve other people we’d be kayaking with and the more than likely hairy + pungent guide.

And the alligators.

And the smell of the mangroves.

And the fact that I haven’t exercised in over a year.

When discussing it, I told my husband I thought I might not be strong enough to go far, and I imagined I wouldn’t be able to move my arms the next day, I’d be so sore.

“But,” I reasoned, “I think we’d be OK if we went in a tandem kayak.”

Because then he could paddle me around.

I’d sip something bubbly while he rowed us out into the sunset and back and staved off violently hungry alligators. (Uh, hello ROMANCE!!)

He looked at me expressionless. “Yeah. I picture me paddling you around too”.

OK, fine. Not so romantic I guess.

Jeesh, Cranky Pants.

The other night we plopped ourselves on top of our bed at 9 pm and busted out the Scrabble board. My general rule of thumb is that if it’s past 8:30pm, I don’t play games that make me think (Go Fish, Uno, or Yahtzee! are most likely to appear at this hour), but I was feeling lucky.

He said I should prepare to be obliterated.

He said he was going to cream me.

I claimed it was fine. I just wanted the practice. I need to expand my 7-letter-or-less vocabulary and learn how to manipulate the board to my advantage.

I needed to use my brain past 9pm, and this was a good night to make the attempt, since for some reason I was still alert enough to form coherent thoughts.

I’m not going to say we didn’t end up using the words, it and yo.

I’m not going to say we didn’t squabble over whether or not we’re allowed to use abbreviations or the Spanish language.

I’m not going to say I used the past tense of a bad word to keep myself in the game – I’m also not going to say that our 8-year-old bopped into the room and left giggling because he saw it.

241 points from the start, Mr. Main Squeeze beat me. By TWO POINTS, People!!

241 to 239.

That is so NOT a creaming.

It was, in fact, a victory in my book. Not to be creamed is a total win.

And, as fun as it was to sit on our bed, holed up in our room for privacy in a house bustling with kids, I have a feeling Scrabble isn’t going to cut it every time (alligators and stinky mangroves, anyone??).

I need ideas. NEW ideas.

Of course, my mind almost always goes to food first – a picnic date? A wine tasting date? A happy hour date? A progressive dinner date? A brunch date? Dinner and a movie date? Food, food, and more food.

But guys – as much as I really do enjoy those, it feels a little “been-there-done-that”.

Be my think-tank, won’t you please?

What’s your favorite stay-in date and your favorite go-out date?

What’s the best non-food related date you’ve ever gone on?

What’s the best food-related one? (I can’t resist!)

And, as far as this tart goes, Manchego Chorizo Egg TartI’d say it’s totally off-topic – except that I’m pretty sure I discovered both Manchego cheese and chorizo while on a date with my husband.

The cheese and chorizo – along with baguette slices, olives, roasted peppers, and chimichurri – make a lovely appetizer platter.

So why not bake them into a tart that can serve as the main meal component any time of day?

Why not, indeed.

Manchego Chorizo Egg Tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

The tart pictured here was made with Phyllo dough. I did this to chop the calorie count, however - the phyllo dough would probably be more delicious were it brushed with salted butter (just saying). This is also (maybe even more so) delicious when prepared using refrigerated pie crust. If you choose to go the pie crust route, just roll your crust out so it's large enough for the tart pan, and then brush it with beaten egg white and pre-bake it at 400 degrees F, for about 10 minutes. Allow it to cool for another 10 minutes before filling it.


  • 1/3 cup chopped Chorizo slices
  • 1/3 cup minced white or yellow onion
  • olive oil
  • 5 large eggs, plus 1 white
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded Manchego cheese
  • 4 oz. Neufatchel cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 6-8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
  • Olive oil (spray)
  • bread crumbs (optional)


In a small pan, cook chopped chorizo slices over medium heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel to drain. Add onions to pan with chorizo drippings. Cook till transparent. (add a dash of olive oil if necessary). Remove onions to paper towel with Chorizo, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, add eggs. Beat them together with a whisk or fork. Add in Neufatchell, Manchego, milk, herbs, and pepper. Stir until evenly combined. Add in Chorizo and onions. Stir again, till combined. Set aside.

Spay a 10" tart pan lightly with olive oil.

Carefully remove one layer of phyllo dough and lay it gently in the tart pan. Spray the dough lightly with olive oil and - if desired - sprinkle with bread crumbs. Lay a second sheet of phyllo in the tart pan, sligtly overlapping the first layer, but covering more of the pan. Spray and sprinkle that layer as well, and continue with more sheets until the entire tart pan is covered. Repeat as many layers as desired.

Pour egg mixture into the phyllo layered pan.

Bake for 25-35 minutes, until top is golden, and middle is set.

Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature.


Sara| Home is Where The Cookies Are

8 thoughts on “Manchego Chorizo Egg Tart

    • What do you mean “what do I do for dates?”, you probably do something super cool and awesome, (because you’re hip and outdoorsy) like scale rock walls in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, then enjoy a picnic of wine and buttered artisan bread that you baked yourself. . . . Psh. What do I mean. Next time, take this tart in your fanny pack and you can chow it at crest of whatever mountain you happen to be scaling.

  1. Hahaha.. This post made me laugh. I refuse to play scrabble with my boyfriend. He’s too impatient, and he always gets 7 letter words.
    As for dates..we are now long distance (sucks) so our next date will be a trip to Hawaii. But I guess that’s not a practical suggestion for a Friday night date idea…

    • Ha! I WISH a trip to Hawaii was in order!!! My husband and I dated long distance back in the day too. It did kind of suck, but we made it. 🙂

  2. Okay, so, this is going to sound cheezy for a date idea, but hear me out! What about something from your community education courses? Most school districts or community colleges have courses throughout the year for very minimal — if any — tuition. For $10 you can learn how to bake gourmet French breads, or have a beer tasting/making class, or do flower arranging, or a dance class, or cake decorating, or yoga, or wine tasting or…. You get the idea. At least here, the classes are all over the map (hula hooping, anyone?), so there’s something for everyone

    And by the way? Basque-style chorizo and manchego? One of my fave combos EVER.

    • YES! I’ve actually thought about this. There is a cheese shop near us that offers cheese tasting/making classes (alone with wine!!), and I’ve thought about doing that. There is also an art studio that does a Canvas and Cocktail night. . . . both good options!

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