Leek & goat's cheese tartlets

Leek & goat's cheese tartlets

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
An easily assembled recipe for a smart vegetarian main course

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal606
  • fat46g
  • saturates24g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.82g
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  • 4 leeks, trimmed, halved and finely sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • large knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves and 4 nice sprigs
  • 375g block puff pastry
  • 4 slices goat's cheese (with a rind)
  • truffle oil or walnut oil (optional)


  1. Wash the leeks in a colander but don’t worry about drying them as you want a bit of water clinging on. Heat the butter in a wide saucepan until sizzling, then add the wet leeks and thyme leaves plus salt and pepper. Sweat the leeks really gently for 20-25 mins until they have practically melted but not coloured, adding a little more butter if needed. Set aside and allow to cool.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out 4 saucer-size circles and place on a baking sheet. Spread the leeks over the circles leaving a slight border around the edge. Put a slice of goat’s cheese in the middle of each tart and top with a thyme sprig. Pinch the pastry edge together to slightly encase the leeks, then bake the tarts for 25 mins until puffed up and golden. Serve hot and drizzled with flavoured oil if you have it.

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Comments (22)

Ness999's picture

I really enjoyed this. It's so easy to make and super quick if you can pre-prepare the leeks. I used ready rolled puff pastry rather than block and for speed made it as a tray bake rather than individual tartlets. I could only find quite skinny rolls of goats cheese with rind so cut the entire log into 12 and used the lot :-) I also used a sprinkling of truffle oil as suggested. It was nice but not essential. I served it with a rocket, pear and pecan salad with balsamic vinegar seeing a reader had done similar but using walnuts. It was delish and I'd absolutely do it again. It would be great as a starter but the recipe would easily make 8 as a starter or even smaller still for an appetiser.

pocketlucy's picture

I've made this a couple of times and it always turns out tasty! It's also good if you mix fried mushrooms in with the leeks, and I've also tried it with a little bit of caramelised onion chutney spread onto the pastry under the leeks :)

Ballynure's picture

Really good for a dinner party. Can prepare the leeks in advance. Will be making again and again and probably again !

gill1981's picture

Absolutely delicious, really simple to make and they looked brilliant. I too added bacon to the leeks and it worked really well. Served with a warm cranberry sauce. Definitely a recipe to repeat :-)

Baldockh's picture

Lovely dish. I added a small amount of smoked bacon to the leeks. Served with a rocket, pear, walnut and balsamic vinegar dressing salad.

Evansn9's picture

Simple & tasty!

lucyeware's picture

I cooked this recipe as a surprise meal Starter for me and my partner. He Loved it! I did however change the leeks for caramelized onions. It was just gorgeous! I will certainly be cooking them again.

ducknbunny's picture

We really enjoyed this recipe and I've been yearning for it ever since so will definitely be making it again. We made one huge tart and had it with salad - amazing!

justineburton's picture

Forgot to rate!

justineburton's picture

I made this tonight for my husband and he LOVED it!! Never heard him say "mmmm" so many times. I made it as a large tray bake and added cubes of butternut squash and walnuts on top, might have been a bit boring without them, absolutely deeelish! Will so be making this again, have enough left for lunch tomorrow too!

rachi09's picture

very easy to make and would have again

lizzysempill's picture

Really quick and easy. Yummy

provandrivers's picture

Really simple and effective - a great main course when you have vegetarian guests

maartjevdm's picture

very easy and absolutely delicious! And it looks great. I added some roughly chopped walnuts on top after assembling

titchywitch's picture

Simple and delicious. Also looks impressive.

ilovefood11tasha's picture

Easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. There was some left over so I had it cold the next day for my lunch and it tasted just as yummy.

debc231's picture

This was our Boxing Day 2010 meal and it was absolutely delicious!! So simple to make! Would be making smaller portion for our New Year's gathering
Thanks again

sminn29's picture

I served this at a dinner party - individual tarts as a starter - dead easy to do. You can cook leeks in advance and leave them covered once cool till the next day and then assemble just before your guests arrive, whack them in the oven and then just time for a apperitif!!

sminn29's picture

I served this at a dinner party - individual tarts as a starter - dead easy to do. You can cook leeks in advance and leave them covered once cool till the next day and then assemble just before your guests arrive, whack them in the oven and then just time for a apperitif!!

deborah060668's picture

I and all my guests loved this recipe. We had a small version as a starter and it was fabulous. With little effort a delicious end result.


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