Leek, Goats Cheese and Tomato (cheats )Tart.

puff pastry savoury

Leek, Goats Cheese and Tomato (cheats )Tart.

August and everyone is happy, people pop by and expect to be fed and entertained… and that is perfectly fine if they bring wine and/or cocktails. (Obviously not if it’s for a morning coffee but then they would need to pop into work and alcoholic refreshment is frowned upon there!)  I digress…. The scenario I am actually thinking about is a weekend get together with good company and much chatter, general hilarity and lots of admiration coming my way. I don’t want to be stuck inside though working hard for this admiration so this is my go to this summer….just don’t invite the same people twice or you will be repeating yourself.

Ingredients

1 tbsp organic, extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling

25g butter

2 medium leeks, washed and  sliced

2 tbsps chopped thyme leaves

Zest of 2 unwaxed lemons and the juice of one lemon

375g pack of ready rolled puff pastry

200g soft goats cheese

280g jar grilled pepper anti pasti

280g jar sundried tomato anti pasti

Chopped parsley to serve   (and show off)

 

Method

  • If you are not using an Aga then pre heat your oven to 220C/ 200C fan/ gas 7
  • Unroll the pastry and lay on a full sized baking sheet lined with bake-o-glide
  • Lightly mark a 1 cm border around the edges with the tip of a sharp knife… don’t cut all the way through. Then prick the base all over with a fork
  • Using a large bottomed frying pan or sauté pan heat the olive oil on the boiling plate (high heat) and then add the butter. Once it is sizzling add the leaks and move to the simmering plate (reduce the heat) and cook until softened but not browned.
  • Stir in the thyme, half the lemon zest and pop back over to the boiling plate (increase the heat). Add the lemon juice and cook for 30 seconds or so to reduce the lemon juice.
  • Season well and remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Drain the jars of anti pasti but keep the oil in another container in the fridge (waste not, want not)
  • Spread the leeks over the puff pastry base but within the border you have created. Scatter the peppers and sundried tomatoes on top of the leeks. Crumble over the cheese and lightly drizzle with olive oil remembering to brush the border lightly with oil as well.
  • Place the tart in the roasting oven on the 3rd set of runners for about 15-20 minutes until the pastry has puffed up and the edges are golden brown.
  • Scatter with parsley and the remaining lemon zest.
  • Serve hot, cold or warm and with your guests wine!

Our Freezer to Oven Table ware Baking tray is perfect for this recipe – Enjoy!