This is a recipe I came across a few years ago and really enjoyed. Best of all, it’s incredibly simple – it looks much more complicated to make than it actually is. Perfect for impressing friends who pop in for lunch, or add a few side vegetables for a lovely, light dinner in no time at all.
As a rule, when I cook I try to make everything from scratch. Not puff pastry, however. If Jamie Oliver says that he uses shop-bought, that’s good enough for me 🙂 Buy the best puff pastry that you can, all-butter if possible. This tart is made with a circular base as it’s more visually appealing, but there’s nothing to stop you making a more rustic version on a rectangular base.
All you need to do is slice your ingredients very thinly (use a mandolin if you can) and layer them on to the pastry:
The original recipe calls for Taleggio cheese but I needed to use a vegetarian cheese. I found this delicious cheese from Wooton Organic Dairy at a food fair recently, it’s a hard, unpasteurised sheeps cheese. You can use any kind of cheese you like as long as it melts well – you’ll probably want to choose a fairly mild cheese.
Rosemary, potato and cheese tart
1 packet of puff pastry
4-5 small salad potatoes, thinly sliced (use a waxy variety – I use Charlotte potatoes)
Half a red onion, thinly sliced
2-3 sprigs rosemary
100g mild, melting cheese
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Roll out pastry and cut out a large circle shape, I use a large mixing bowl as a guide.* Score a line about half an inch from the edge of the pastry – this will allow your crust to rise.
2. Arrange sliced potatoes in concentric circles, working from the outside to the centre.
3. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
4. Scatter sliced onion, crumbled cheese and rosemary over the potatoes and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
5. Bake in the oven at 180°C for about 20-25 minutes – until golden brown. Serve whilst hot with a side salad or some vegetables.
* You can sprinkle the leftover scraps of pastry with cinnamon sugar and bake later to make cinnamon twists – waste not, want not! 🙂