Ratatouille is another one of those forgotten 70’s/80’s dishes that got a bad reputation through over exposure and people making terrible versions with undercooked, too chunky, watery veg. The secret to delicious ratatouille is to chop the veg small enough and all the same size so it cooks down and to flavour it with lots of great seasonings.
Ratatouille & Goats Cheese Tartlets Recipe
Serves 2 Vegetarian
- 1/2 pack frozen puff pastry (defrosted in the fridge overnight so it is still cold when you use it)I use Wrights which comes in 2 blocks.
- 3 slices of goats cheese per tartlet (about 1/2 cm thick)
- 1 or 2 tbsp olive oil (to brush the tartlets)
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
- Flour your board & rolling pin and roll out the pastry to about 3mm thick and cut out two circles from a side plate or bowl about 15 cm diameter.
- Score a frame of about 1 1/2 cm around the circle with a sharp knife (Do not cut all the way through) and brush the frames with olive oil or beaten egg. Prick inside the frame all over with a fork.
- Bake for 12 – 15 mins until golden brown and remove the middle circle of pastry so it looks like a big vol au vent. (More 70’s flashbacks!)
Meanwhile make the ratatouille:
- 1 red onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1/2 red chilli deseeded & chopped
- 1 small aubergine diced (about 1cm dice for all the vegetables)
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1/2 courgette diced
- 1 big tomato diced
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- a handful of basil chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- a few sprigs of thyme leaves
- Cook the onion over a medium heat until translucent then add the garlic & chilli and cook for 2 mins more.
- Add the aubergine and red peppers, cook for a few mins then add the courgette, tomatoes, tomato paste & thyme leaves and simmer for about 10 mins until vegetables are tender.
- Add the basil, salt and pepper, stir to combine and taste for seasoning.
- Fill the pastry shells with the ratatouille ( You will probably have some left over) then top with the sliced goats cheese, drizzle with olive oil & bake for about 6 mins.
You can serve the tartlets with a rocket salad for lunch or I served them with some new potatoes for dinner. The leftover ratatouile can be used as a side dish, as a sauce for pasta, with a cheese omelette or on a toasted baguette with cheese…