Three Allium Smoked Chilli Tart
Caramelised onions, leeks and wet garlic give a lovely sweet taste to this delicious courgette tart. The chilli paste gives a gently smokey flavour, the chocolate adds depth and the cheese adds a salty creaminess.
Several things combined to bring forth this three allium smoked chilli tart. I had some onions and some recently dug up leeks which were well past their best before date. It’s the season when onions are sprouting and leeks are bolting. We also had some wet garlic delivered in our occasional top up veg box. Likewise I had a courgette in the bottom of the fridge which was definitely passed its best. Although I’ve been using the Gran Luchito smoked chilli paste I was sent some time ago, I hadn’t created a specific recipe for it. I also wanted to take part in this month’s Tea Time Treats which is all about tarts and pies.
Since making my rhubarb and almond cream pasty pie, I have been won over by yogurt pastry. It makes for a particularly light and flaky pastry which almost melts in the mouth. So this was the pastry I was going to use for my three allium tart. As it happened, I ended up with a little bit of pastry left over, so I also made some mini chocolate cheesecake tarts for pudding.
The tart wasn’t quite done when I took the pictures, so it went back into the oven for a few more minutes. We ate it hot for supper with a load of white sprouting broccoli, then had it cold the next day. It was equally delicious both times and I reckoned the pastry was the best ever. The chocolate tarts were also rather good.
Other Savoury Tarts You Might Like
- Asparagus tarts
- Green vegetable galette
- Honeyed fig and goat’s cheese tart
- Puff pizza pies
- Roasted beetroot galette
- Tomato galette with homemade basil pesto
Three Allium Courgette Tart with Smoked Chilli
Three Allium Smoked Chilli Courgette Tart
- 200 g (7oz) flour (half wholemeal spelt, half white)
- 115 g (4oz) salted butter
- 1 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt
- 1 onion – sliced
- 1 leek – washed & sliced
- 1 wet garlic – washed & sliced
- 1 tsp Gran Luchito smoked chilli paste
- 10 g 100% chocolate – grated
- 1 courgette – thinly sliced
- 120 g (4oz) mature cheddar cheese – grated
- 3 eggs (I used 2 large duck eggs)
- 150 ml (5 fl oz) milk
- a few sprigs parsley – chopped
- Make the pastry by cutting the butter into the flour with a knife. Rub between your hands until bread crumb consistency. Add the yogurt and 1-2 tbsp of water and stir with the knife until the pastry starts coming together. Form a ball with your hands, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 30 mins or so.
- Roll out the pastry and line a 20 cm (8″) loose bottom tart tin. Prick the bottom and bake for 10 minutes at 180℃.
- Fry the onions gently in a frying pan with 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil. After a few minutes add the leek, followed by the garlic slices. Fry over a gently heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until lightly caramelised.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the chilli paste.
- Spread the onion mixture over the bottom of the pastry case. Grate half of the chocolate over the top. Arrange the courgette slices over this, then top with the grated cheese.
- Beat the eggs together with the milk, parsley and remaining chocolate then pour over the cheese.
- Bake at 180℃ for about 40 minutes until the top is golden and the middle has set, but before the pastry has burnt.
- Remove the tart from the tin and serve warm or cold.
Tea Time Treats with Jane from The Hedge Combers and Karen from Lavender and Lovage was the challenge that kicked me into action. The theme is open top tarts, pies and quiches.
This tart just saved my onion, leek and courgette from having to be thrown into the compost bucket, so I am entering it into the No Waste Food Challenge over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen but hosted this month by Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen.
I haven’t planted any parsley so far this year, but luckily CT was recently given a bunch, so I was able to use it in this tart which makes it eligible for Cooking with Herbs over at Lavender and Lovage.
As this had an unplanned courgette added to the tart I am sending this off to Extra Veg which is being hosted this month by Shaheen of Allotment to Kitchen. The theme is savoury vegetarian. This monthly event comes from Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.