Courgette, Cherry Tomato and Basil Pesto Tart

This courgette, cherry tomato and basil pesto tart is an incredibly easy, incredibly delicious recipe for a yummy vegetarian meal on Meat-free Monday. It is the perfect addition to a ‘harvest table’ styled meal or as a dish to impress friends at a casual lunch or dinner. Being super versatile, it lends itself well to using up left-over veggies or whatever else you fancy. I used my own puff-pastry (recipe to follow in the future) but store-bought works just as well and is far less of a mission. Give it a try – it is absolutely delicious and good-looking. Courgette, Cherry Tomato and Basil Pesto Tart
Ingredients (Makes one large tart or two smaller tarts):

1 x 20cm-10cm rectangle puff pastry
2 x large courgettes
6 x cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp basil pesto
1 egg
10g Shaved parmesan
Liberal pinch of flaked salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180oc.
Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk.
Cut the puff pastry to the desired size and brush with the egg wash. If you want to, cut a thin strip for each side and make a border.
Slice your courgette at an angle to create thin slices. Cut the cherry tomatoes into slices too.
Place your courgettes, overlapping, onto the egg-washed pastry followed by the tomatoes.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for about fifteen minutes until the base is crisp.
Spoon the basil pesto over the centre and top with shaved parmesan. If desired, drizzle with balsamic reduction.Courgette, Cherry Tomato and Basil Pesto Tart Courgette, Cherry Tomato and Basil Pesto Tart_DSC0476

 

Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

Author: Alex Poltera

There was probably no way on Earth that Midlands Chef Alex Poltera was not going to end up in a kitchen. Growing up in a household of accomplished and award-winning chefs was bound to have some effect on his upbringing. From a young age, Alex would spend family holidays catching fresh seafood along the Wild Coast.

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