We are all doing our bit for the environment & cutting meat out of our diet makes a huge impact. So we bring you Meat Free Mid Week Recipes – A Very Full Vegetable Tart
A Very Full Tart recipe originally came from a vegetarian cookbook, Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. The book is a collection of beautifully photographed vegetarian recipes, many of which appeared in different forms in The Guardian’s ‘New Vegetarian’ column in its weekend magazine.
- 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper
- about 100 ml olive oil
- 1 aubergine, cut into 4cm dice
- salt and black pepper
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3cm dice
- 1 small courgette, cut into 3cm dice
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 300 g shortcrust pastry
- 8 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
- 120 g each ricotta and feta
- 7 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 medium free-range eggs
- 200 ml double cream
- Heat the oven to 230 °C.
- Cut around the pepper stalks, then lift out and discard, along with all the seeds.
- Put the peppers in a small ovenproof dish, drizzle with oil and put on the top shelf of the oven.
- Mix the aubergine with four tablespoons of oil and season.
- Tip into a big baking tin and place on the shelf below the peppers.
- After 12 minutes, add the sweet potato, stir and roast for 12 minutes more.
- Now add the courgette, stir and roast for a further 10–12 minutes.
- By now, the peppers should be brown and the vegetables cooked.
- Remove everything from the oven and turn the heat to 160 °C.
- Cover the peppers with foil and leave to cool; once cool, peel and tear into strips.
- Meanwhile, heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
- Sauté the onions with the bay leaves and some salt for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown, soft and sweet.
- Discard the bay and set aside.
- Grease a 22 cm loose-bottomed tart tin.
- Roll the pastry to a 3 mm-thick circle large enough to line the tin with some overhang.
- Press it into the edges.
- Line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans.
- Bake blind for 30 minutes, lift out the paper and beans, and bake for 10–15 minutes more, until golden brown.
- Remove and allow to cool a little.
- Spread the onions over the bottom, then top with roasted veg.
- Scatter over half the thyme, dot first with small chunks of both cheeses and then the tomato halves, cut-side up.
- Whisk the eggs and cream with some salt and pepper, and pour into the tart; the tomatoes and cheese should remain exposed.
- Scatter the remaining thyme on top.
- Bake for 35–45 minutes, until the filling sets and turns golden.
- Rest for at least 10 minutes, then trim off the excess pastry, remove the tart from its tin and serve.
This may be a fairly intensive recipe but it looks delicious and would be great to make and eat during the week when the weather is just *too* warm for cooking a big meal. I would easily pair this with a crisp green salad… maybe even a glass of bubbly!