Leek, Goats Cheese and Walnut Tart with Feta and Lemon

This simple, yet stunning recipe is a real hit for a light lunch, that might just transform the way you see leeks. The crunch from the walnut, counters the softness of the leeks and goats cheese, whilst the lemon gives it that little tang. Perfect on its own, or with a side salad.

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking:  20 mins
Serves: 4
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients:
– 3 Leeks
– 2 Lemons
– 200g Goats Cheese
– 75g Chopped Walnuts
– 375g pre-rolled Puff Pastry
– 2tbsp Butter
– 2tsp thyme
– Salt and Pepper, for seasoning

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
2. Begin by washing then finely chopping the leeks, discarding the green bits and stalk
3. On a medium-heat, add the butter and leeks and stir until the leeks are tender
4. Zest two lemons, then add to the leek mixture along with the thyme
4. Roll out the puff pastry, cut into four equal rectangles, then score each rectangle 1cm from the edges
5. Add leek mixture in the centre of the pastries, then top with crushed walnuts and crumbed goats cheese
6. Brush the crust of the tarts with olive oil, then bake in the centre of the oven for 15 mins

Swiss Chard and Goats Cheese Pastry

Puff pastry is pretty indulgent and it can be used for savoury starter or main which is the case for this recipe. Those puff pastry basket are filled with cooked chard and goat cheese. The goat cheese adds flavours to the whole dish but can be easily replaced by cheddar.

Time Preparing: 20 mins
Time Cooking:  30 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Autumn / Winter

Ingredients:
– Puff Pastry Sheet
– 160g Chard Leaves
– 100g Chard Stems
– 75g Soft Goats Cheese
– 2 Goats Cheese Slices
– Handful of Parsley
– Salt and Pepper for seasoning
– Egg Yolk for brushing

Method
1. Wash the chard and seperate the leaves from the stems
2. In a pan, add chard stems and 1tbsp oil on a medium heat, and stir fry for 10 mins
3. Add the leaves and cook for a further 2-3 mins
4. In a blender, add soft goats cheese, parsley and seasoning, blending until a smooth consistency is formed
5. Roll our the puff pastry and cut into square pieces
6. Evenly spread goats cheese mix, chard and a slice of goats cheese to the puff pastry – making sure to leave room around the edges
7. Fold the puff pastry, brush with egg yolk and bake for 30 mins at 180°C

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine