- 2 tsp olive oil, plus extra
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- knob of butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 1 tsp light muscovado sugar
- 6 medium new potatoes
New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…
- 250g ready-made puff pastry, thawed if frozen
- 200g cherry tomato on the vine
- 100g Camembert, cut into slices
- 6 anchovy fillets (optional)
Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…
- 6 black olives, not pitted
- 1 tbsp pesto
Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.
- 50g rocket leaves, preferably wild
Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…
- 100g green bean, lightly steamed
- good squeeze of lemon juice
- a few basil leaves, roughly torn
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil with the butter until the butter has melted. Add the onions and cook over a medium-low heat, stirring often, for 15-20 minutes until the onions are soft and golden brown. Stir in the sugar and cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for about 10 minutes until just tender. Cool, then slice. Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7/fan oven 200C.
Cut the pastry in half and shape into two rough rounds. Roll them out on a lightly floured surface to two 18cm/7in rounds, then put on to a baking sheet.
Divide the onions between both pastry rounds, spreading almost to cover. Reserve 2 sprigs of vine tomatoes with about 3 or 4 on each stem, and slice the rest in half. Scatter the slices of cheese over the onions, then the sliced potatoes, tomatoes and anchovy fillets (if using). Top each tart with one of the sprays of tomatoes on the vine, scatter the olives over and drizzle with a little extra oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Mix the pesto with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Toss the rocket and beans with a little oil and lemon juice and season. When the tarts are cooked, drizzle all over with the pesto mixture and scatter the torn basil leaves on top. Serve with the rocket and green bean salad.
Something special for oneThe Mediterranean salad tarts adapt well for one. Halve everything and freeze the rest of the pastry for another time.