Some Saturdays ago, I had a friend come over for lunch. The main course was planned days in advance and on Friday evening it occurred to me that having a hors d’oeuvre would be a nice touch. And so the frenzy of looking for a suitable and quick recipe commenced.
It didn’t take me long as I remembered Kathy’s Cheese, Tomato and Basil Tart recipe that I have been meaning to try. A quick trip to the local supermarket in search for ricotta was futile so I had to improvise. Light cottage cheese was the next best thing available. The basil leaves were freshly picked from the windowsill pot. Seeing as my guest is a vegetarian and it is almost next to impossible to find vegetarian friendly Parmesan cheese, I stuck to good old Mature English Cheddar.
It took all of 5 minutes to whip up and with the 20 minute baking time, I had a visually stunning tart in 30 minutes that definitely impressed. I cut the tart into small squares that were perfect for nibbling. Taste-wise this tart was as I imagined; light cheese and tomato filling, flaky puff pastry and herby basil is enough to whet your appetite and more!
Next time you’re in a blind panic thinking about recipe options, take a deep breath and proceed using this one.