Another day another Christmas Food post and with only a few weeks to go we should really get out foodie skates on. Last week on Clare with the hair we begun our Christmas countdown with my no cheese lemon cheese cake and you guys loved it, I had 100’s of emails with questions, pictures, ideas for other recipes. Now we are onto Clare’s Cheesy Christmas Tartlets.
Today is a super Christmas starter, it is Clare’s Cheesy Christmas Tartlets (but feel fee to eat them any time of the year) and it is super because it is so easy, it is quick to cook, you can make these in advance and store in the fridge until you need them and really super because I have yet to fed these to someone who did not love them.
Makes: 4 servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes (plus chilling time and thawing time if using frozen puff pastry)
- 1/2 pack of ready roll puff pastry
- 120g of Camembert Cheese
- 8-10 Cherry tomatoes
- 6 tbs of good quality Basil pesto
- A pinch of Sugar
- A pinch of fresh ground black pepper
- 2tbs of extra virgin Olive oil
- 2tbs Fresh chopped Parsley
- I beaten egg for glazing
- Plain flour for dusting baking sheet
1/ Remove your pastry from the freezer, following the packet instruction for thawing. Chop your tomatoes into 4’s, place in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar, pepper and half the olive oil, do this 30 minutes or more before you need them.
2/ When the puff pastry is thawed, unroll on a floured board and roll out a little more, not much more then 2 inches more on all sides, cut into 8 pieces and lay on your floured baking sheet. Once in place, cut but not the whole way through a border as you can see in the pictures and lay the pesto, cheese, tomatoes, chopped parsley in the center, egg wash the exposed edge and pop back in the fridge for 20 minutes to allow the pastry to go cold again. Keep 2tbs of pesto and 1tsp of oil to one side for drizzling afterwards.
3/ remove from the fridge and place in a hot oven 180 for 13-16 minutes, depending on your oven so you will need to keep an eye, remove once golden brown and serve straight away with a drizzle of the pesto and oil.
Top Tip: Don’t like Camembert, then use Brie, Goats Cheese or any cheese you like, same with the Basil pesto, swap it for a tomato pesto, add some garlic, drizzle with some balsamic glaze, the options with this really are endless. Make little ones as party nibbles. Perfect!
Shopping list: (all other items are likely to be in your store cupboard)
>One packet of ready roll Puff Pastry
(all other items are likely to be in your store cupboard) (Sugar, Pepper, Parsley, Olive Oil, Egg, Plain Flour)