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Three Allium Courgette Tart with Smoked Chilli

Three allium smoked chilli courgette tart.

Caramelised onions, leeks and wet garlic give a lovely sweet taste to this delicious three allium 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 courgette 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 past 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 one 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.

Mini Chocolate Cheesecake Tart

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

If these don’t do it for you, there’s plenty of other ideas in my tarts, pies & pastries category. And for even more pastry ideas why not head over to my Tasty Tarts & Pastry Pies board on Pinterest?

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Three Allium Courgette Tart with Smoked Chilli

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Three Allium Smoked Chilli Courgette 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.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: courgettes, leeks, pastry, quiche, tart
Servings: 6 people
Author: Choclette


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, 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. Allow to cool a little.
  • Roll out the pastry and line a 20 cm (8″) loose bottom tart tin. Prick the bottom and bake for 10 minutes at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4).
  • 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℃ (350℉, Gas 4) 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.


  1. Sue/the view from great island

    25th May 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This is stunning! The name alone had me so curious I had to check it out!

    • Choclette

      26th May 2014 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Sue, it was very tasty and for a courgette tart, had a lot of flavour.

  2. belleau kitchen

    25th May 2014 at 8:10 pm

    absolutely gorgeous… I made two tarts this weekend with onions… can’t get enough of them but I love the idea of all these alliums in one!… PLUS our allium flowers have just started to bloom so we’re onto a quadruple allium fest!

    • Choclette

      26th May 2014 at 10:56 am

      Oh yes go for it Dom – would be so pretty decorated with allium flowers. Why didn’t I think of that? We have chives flowering now.

  3. Shaheen

    25th May 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Sounds lovely, esp the addition of smoked chilli paste – looks lovely too. I’ve made pastry with soured cream in the past, not yogurt – will have to try it with yogurt someday.

    • Choclette

      26th May 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Shaheen. Yogurt works an absolute treat, though I haven’t tried sour cream.

  4. Deena Kakaya

    26th May 2014 at 12:18 am

    Just love your concoctions, they are always so balanced and clever. Cheese and chocolate, courgette…why didn’t I think of that one? X

    • Choclette

      26th May 2014 at 11:00 am

      Thank you Deena, that’s very kind of you. Not everyone is convinced, but I do try and make things that are good enough to replicate – mostly 😉

  5. Gem

    26th May 2014 at 11:21 am

    ooooh this looks rather lovely, interesting combinations too x

    • Choclette

      28th May 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thank you Gem – I like interesting 😉

  6. Julie B

    26th May 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t like chilli but that mini chocolate cheesecake tarts looks too delicious! xx

    • Choclette

      28th May 2014 at 10:02 am

      Well I’ll let you have one of the tarts then Julie 🙂

  7. Librarian Lavender

    26th May 2014 at 2:30 pm

    That looks great, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Choclette

      28th May 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thank you LL – let me know how you get on if you do try it.

  8. Kate Hackworthy

    26th May 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Yogurt pastry sounds so good. And I’ve never tried white sprouting broccoli (faints)!

    • Choclette

      28th May 2014 at 10:03 am

      Hehe, I’ll have to see what other veg I can dig up for you Kate.

  9. knattster

    26th May 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Sounds delicious – and the pastry in your photo looks lovely

    • Choclette

      28th May 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thank you, I think I’ve fallen in love with that pastry 😉

  10. Jacqueline Meldrum

    27th May 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Oh that looks wonderful Choclette and my stomach is grumbling just looking at it. Drool!

  11. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    27th May 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This sounds really good! Perfect for when we have guests over.

  12. London Unattached

    27th May 2014 at 1:25 pm

    very pretty! I’m personally not convinced I’d need the chilli or the chocolate because the other ingredients have great flavours…but…I see where you are coming from

  13. Janelle Shank

    28th May 2014 at 2:22 am

    what a great combo! i would love a slice of this right now

  14. Elizabeth

    28th May 2014 at 10:21 am

    Oh yum!! This is gorgeous and I love the flavour combination. I too am a fan of yogurt pastry; I don’t make it often enough though. Thank you for linking up with the No Waste Food Challenge!

  15. Aunt Bee

    28th May 2014 at 5:30 pm

    This looks so lovely and delicious!

  16. Nazima Pathan

    28th May 2014 at 8:17 pm

    looks lovely Choclette. I am a fan of all the alliums you have in that tart and am sure the chilli with it must make it scrumptious!

  17. Jane Sarchet

    29th May 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Love how you manage to squeeze chocolate into the most unusual places! Wonder if we should sign you up at chocoholics anonymous…? 🙂
    Thank you so much for finding the time to enter it in this months Tea Time Treats!
    Janie x


    9th September 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Oooh yes please! Intrigued by the use of chocolate in this one!

  19. Recipe Roundup: 10 Vegetarian Pie, Tart and Pasty Recipes - The Veg Space

    30th May 2015 at 3:05 pm

    […] 6. Three Allium Smoked Chilli Tart from Tin and Thyme blog  Onions, Leeks and Wet Garlic all feature in this deeply savoury courgette-topped tart.  A real celebration of the British allotment / veg-patch. […]

  20. Janice

    29th May 2017 at 6:26 pm

    What a lovely combination of ingredients, the smoked chilli sounds amazing, it’s one of my favourite flavours.

    • Choclette

      30th May 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Janice. I find smoked chilli rather addictive.


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