Baby courgette and red pepper tart

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Serves: 4

By LemonTart

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Ingredients

  • 1 red pepper, sliced

  • 10 baby courgette, halved lengthways

  • 250g shortcrust pastry

  • 300ml whipping cream

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 50g Parmesan, grated

  • 1 handful fresh basil, torn

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C, Gas 6.
  2. Roll out the pastry thinly and pop into a 23cm flan tin (allow a slight overhang to allow for shrinkage).
  3. Blind bake for 20 mins (cover with greaseproof paper, a handful of beans/pebbles to stop the pastry puffing up).
  4. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a final 5 mins to seal the centre of the pastry.
  5. Remove and trim the pastry while still warm.
  6. Now gently fry the courgettes, garlic and pepper slices in batches. Be gentle as the garlic will burn easily. It should take no more than 5 mins.
  7. Beat the eggs with the cream and half of the cheese. Add a little salt and pepper for taste.
  8. Arrange the veg in the pastry case and pour the egg mixture over. Add some of the basil leaves (torn up a bit).
  9. On a lower heat (gas mark 4), cook the tart for about 20 mins until the egg is set and slightly golden.
  10. Remove from the oven, serve warm with drizzle of oil and the remaining basil scattered over the top.

Handy Hint

Can be eaten hot or cold but I prefer warm.
Can make the pastry case (or buy one) in advance so less stress if making for friends. Prep the veg and mix the egg mix together and leave in the fridge so quick make up when guests arrive as a simple job of assembly and pop in the oven.
Easy to adapt to make individual mini ones too which always look pretty.
Serve with a fresh small heap of rocket dressed with a little chilli oil.

Additional Information

  • Nut Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Main Course

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • pastry

  • courgette

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  • 23/01/08 19:39

    Make this as easy or hard as you want. Make your own pastry, buy it or even buy a pre baked flan case - up to you. Easy to do all the prep before guests arrive. So, while it is a little fiddly, you can cut out steps if short of time or not a confident pastry cook. Individual portions for a special dinner is lovely. Try adapting choice of veg depending on the season - asparagus in early summer or red onion and goats cheese for later in the year.