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Jamie Oliver’s Minty Courgette Tart

As seen on Jamie Cooks The Mediterranean on Channel 4, this simple minty courgette tart recipe features salty olive tapenade and creamy goat's cheese.

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Introduction

Inspired by cooking amazing courgettes with a wonderful Syrian lady called Majda, who had fled to Marseille and started up an incredible restaurant, this is my unconventional take on a pissaladière. 

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Ingredients

1.5kg courgettes
1 heaped tsp dried mint
320g sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry (cold)
6 tsp black olive tapenade
80g goat's cheese

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Method

Trim and peel the courgettes, quarter lengthways, cut away and discard the seedy core, then roughly chop and place in a large shallow casserole pan on a medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the dried mint. Cook gently for 30 minutes, stirring regularly, then mash half the courgettes with a potato masher and fold back through the rest. Season to perfection and leave to cool for 5 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Unroll the pastry sheet on its paper and place on a baking tray. Spoon over the cooled courgettes, leaving a 1cm border around the edge, then fold up the sides, pressing at the corners to secure. Brush the exposed pastry with a little oil, and cook at the bottom of the oven for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is beautifully golden and puffed up. Randomly dot over the olive tapenade, break over the fresh goat’s cheese, then take to the table and serve up. 

P.S.  If you want to use courgette flowers, like I have in the picture, have a go at growing them yourself (it’s really easy!), or buy them from farmers’ markets, as you’ll rarely find them in supermarkets. Simply open them out, arrange on top of the tart and drizzle with a little oil before baking. 

ENERGY 584kcal FAT 41.8g SAT FAT 15.8g PROTEIN 15.9g CARBS 50.9g SUGARS 7.5g SALT 1.3g FIBRE 5.4g

5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Michael Joseph © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2023 5 Ingredients Mediterranean). Recipe photography: © David Loftus, 2023.

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From the book: 5 Ingredients Mediterranean

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