Rosemary, Goat's Cheese and Mushroom Tart with Pink Peppercorns

This quick and easy vegetarian tart proves that pastry need not be time consuming and would make the perfect centrepiece to a vegetarian feast or picnic.

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Introduction

This tart is inspired by Remy from the film Ratatouille, who spears rosemary, a perfect mushroom and a piece of cheese together before lovingly toasting them over a smoking chimney. I’m sure he would have approved of the addition of pink peppercorns, they’re easy to find next to ordinary pepper at the supermarket and add a wonderful aromatic flavour as well as a vibrant pop of colour.

Serves 2 generously
Easy

Ingredients

200g brown chestnut mushrooms, roughly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped
2 heaped tbsp crème fraîche
1 x 320g ready-rolled puff pastry sheet
2 x 125g goat’s cheese logs, sliced
2 tsps or so pink peppercorns
A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
For the salad:
100g baby leaf spinach
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ a lemon, juice only
a pinch of sea salt

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/gas 6. Mix the mushrooms in a bowl with the olive oil and half the rosemary.

Spread the crème fraîche over the puff pastry, leaving a 1cm border. Top with the remaining chopped rosemary, the mushrooms, then the sliced goat’s cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are a deep golden brown and crisp.

Just before the tart is ready, toss the spinach with the extra virgin olive oil, the lemon juice and sea salt and set aside. Once the tart is crisp and cooked through, scatter over the pink peppercorns and chopped flat-leaf parsley, and serve with the spinach salad alongside.

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