I had an emergency situation yesterday of no food in the house, or so I thought. A quick rifle through the fridge found a lonely slab of forgotten puff pastry, a selection of half empty jars of pesto, baby hot peppers, capers, olives, artichoke hearts and a packet of goat cheese. Ha! no food indeed! This turned out to be a gorgeous little dinner which took about 5 minutes to make. Plus I used up all those pesky jars that take up so much room in the fridge. I forgot how much I like puff pastry - even if it didn't really puff.
Mediterranean Quick Fix Tart
1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
Approx 3-4 tablespoons of pesto sauce
4-5 jarred artichoke hearts, sliced
A handful of jarred red peppers (sweet or hot) sliced
A handful of pitted olives, green or black
6 oz goats cheese, crumbled (you could alternatively use feta)
1 tablespoon of capers
Heat the oven to 400F
Roll out the puff pastry and place on a baking sheet. Make sure you have an edge around the outside so the filling doesn't ooze all over during baking.
Spread the pesto sauce over the base of the tart. It looks a bit like a newly mowed lawn!
Arrange the rest of the topping ingredients over the pesto. No artistic skill required.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the pastry puffs (hopefully) and is golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over some fresh herbs from the garden. Drizzle over some olive oil if you wish. Best eaten warm from the oven. That won't be hard.