Gruyère and courgette tart
- September 2013
- Serves 6
- Takes 15 minutes to make, 30 minutes to cook
This summery courgette tart recipe is packed full of bright colours and cheesy flavours. It uses a luxurious all butter puff pastry – buy it ready-made.
- 29.2g (15.3g saturated)
- 23.6g (2.6g sugars)
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
- 60g full-fat crème fraîche
- 3 medium free-range egg yolks
- 80g gruyère, grated
- 30g unsalted butter
- 6 spring onions, thinly sliced, plus extra, shredded, to serve
- Plain flour for dusting
- 375g block all-butter puff pastry
- 3 courgettes
- Baby salad leaves to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6 and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Combine the tarragon, parsley, crème fraîche, 2 of the egg yolks and 40g of the gruyère in a bowl and season well. Melt the butter in a small frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the sliced spring onions for 1-2 minutes until softened, cool slightly then add to the cheese mixture. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 35cm x 40cm rectangle. Put on the lined sheet and prick all over with a fork. Lay a sheet of baking paper on top, top with a second baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes until golden. Remove the top sheet and paper, then bake for 5 minutes more or until crisp and dry. Cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to thinly slice the courgettes lengthways. Blanch in boiling water for 10 seconds, drain and refresh under cold running water.
- Spread half the cheese mixture over the pastry, leaving a 1cm border, then scatter over the courgettes. Dollop the remaining cheese mixture evenly over the top and scatter with the remaining 40g gruyère. Lightly beat the remaining egg yolk and use it to brush the pastry border. Bake for 5-10 minutes until the cheese has melted. Garnish with shredded spring onions and baby salad leaves.
Make mini versions by cutting the rolled pastry into 8 even squares. Bake as in the recipe until golden, then spread over the cheese mix. Crack a quail egg in the centres before they go into the oven again, then bake until the whites are set.
A light, lemon-fresh French Sauvignon de Touraine makes an affordable and refreshing partner.
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