Goats Cheese and Onion Chutney Tart Recipe Suitable for Vegetarians: Easy to Make Pastry and Simple Homemade Chutney

Goats Cheese and Onion Chutney Tart Recipe
Goats Cheese and Onion Chutney Tart Recipe

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This Recipe Serves Four

These delightful goats cheese tarts are perfect for a starter, snack, a light lunch or supper. Serve hot or cold with or without a mixed leaf salad.

The first step is to make the pastry for the base. A food processor comes in very handy at this stage. I highly recommend investing in a processor if you like to make pastry and like to make it often.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams of plain flour (plus extra for dusting and rolling)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 100 grams of cold butter, diced into small cubes

Method:

  • Put the flour, salt and butter into a food processor, pulse to make a fine crumb (Fig 1).
  • Add in the egg and pulse two to three times roughly combining the mix (Fig 2).
  • Turn the mixture onto a floured surface; at this stage the mix will still be loose (Fig 3).
  • With floured palms, gently knead the mix into a smooth round ball (Fig 4). This method prevents the pastry from being over worked.
  • Wrap the pastry ball in cling wrap and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes or longer.


Cook's Tip:

  • The pastry can be made up to this stage three days before; wrap in cling film and store in the fridge ready to use. The pastry can also be frozen at this stage for up to three months.


Making Pastry

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How to Make Pastry

Onion Chutney Recipe

While the pastry is chilling in the fridge use that time to make the onion chutney. You will need the following ingredients...

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium red onions finely diced
  • 3 or 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tbsp of fine brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of good olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of cranberry sauce
  • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar

Method:

  • Heat the olive oil to a moderate heat in a pan, add in the onions, cooking till soft and translucent.
  • Add the thyme sprigs and sprinkle in the sugar, a little at a time till the onions are coated nice and evenly.
  • Add in the red wine vinegar and bring to a low simmer. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes until the chutney thickens.
  • Spoon in the cranberry sauce and mix well to combine.

Cook's Tip:

  • The chutney can be made up to three days before hand; store in an airtight container in the fridge till required.
  • If you want to make a large batch of chutney remember to sterilise the jars, and your chutney will keep for months.
  • Recycle glass jars and their lids (jam jars, mustard jars, mayonnaise jars,) and use them to store your homemade chutneys.
  • Place sticky labels on each jar naming and dating the homemade chutneys.

Blind Bake The Tartlets

To bake the tartlets you will need:

  • Four individual buttered tart trays about 12cm in diameter
  • A rolling pin
  • One egg, well beaten
  • Baking paper
  • Baking beans or rice

Method:

  • Roll out the pastry on a floured surface, making sure not to over work the pastry.
  • Cut the pastry into 4 circles (use one of the tart trays as a guide).
  • Line each of the tart trays with a pastry circle.
  • Trim the edges of the pastry leaving 2 or 3mm of pastry over the tray rim.
  • Cover each pastry lined tray with baking parchment.
  • Fill with baking beans (or rice if using) and bake for 10 mins in a preheated oven 200º C/ Gas mark 6.
  • Take the pastry lined trays out of the oven, carefully remove the parchment paper and the baking beans.
  • Brush each of the pastry cases with the beaten egg.
  • Reduce the temperature of the oven to 180º C/ Gas mark 4.
  • Return the pastry to the oven for another 4 to 5 minutes till the pastry is a light golden in color.

Goats Cheese

Cook's Conclusion

The cranberries in this receipe work very well with the red onions adding a sweetness that really compliments the saltiness of the goats cheese. Adding a couple of spoons of cranberry sauce is a cheats trick and a great secret.

Shhh... don't tell a soul!

The Final Touches

Ingredients:

  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 spring onions finely diced
  • Goats cheese sliced into rings
  • Balsamic glaze (use a squirt bottle)

Method:

  • Fill each pastry case with a good spoon of chutney.
  • Place the goats cheese circles on top.
  • Sprinkle over the spring onions.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, till the cheese is just golden.
  • Drizzle the balsamic glaze across medium sized plates to create a decorative pattern.
  • Take the tarts out of the oven and remove the pastries from the tart trays.
  • Place each tartlet on a glazed plate and top with a thyme sprig.
  • Serve warm or enjoy cold.

© 2011 Gabriel Wilson

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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Go for it Alex; it's a tasty dish :)


Alex 5 years ago

Wow, this actually looks pretty good, and I was just telling my wife that I wanted to try some new food soon.


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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hope you enjoy:)


Raxit02 5 years ago

Scrumptious and easy to make. I would certainly process this dish at dinner parties. Hope my guests will be delighted. Thanks for sharing this info. I marked it as an Awesome piece.


Natrelle Implantit 5 years ago

I tried this and it was goooood!


Eroon Aknesta 5 years ago

This sounds very delicious! thanks!


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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hope you enjoy :)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my gosh, this looks SO DELICIOUS! Great photos... I'll have to give this recipe a try!


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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hi deblipp; give it a go. I bet you'll make perfect pastry and you'll be writing pastry hubs that will make me really jealous :)


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deblipp 5 years ago

Gabriel, I believe you, but I've always been intimidated by baking.


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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

It's not easy to find individual store-bought tarts where I live; but your right if you don't bake it's certainly an alternative. Although I've been told by tasters that this pastry is real good.


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kafsoa 5 years ago

This recipe is great, well described and nicely organized:) Excellent hub, rated up; and useful:)


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deblipp 5 years ago

It occurs to me that you can do a gorgeous version of this with a store-bought tart. For someone like me, who doesn't bake, this looks like a delicious shortcut!


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Gabriel Wilson 5 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Tasty and easy. I like to make them for a starter at dinner parties as they can be made in advance and warmed through in a few minutes.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Well written! Looks very tasty.


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infotek 5 years ago from London

Definitely one I shall try.

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