Friday 19 July 2013

Puff Pastry Tarts with Roasted Butternut Squash and Goat's Cheese

In this lovely hot weather I've wanted to eat fewer heavy meals of the meat-and-two-veg variety - but I'm really not a fan of salad. One evening when my boyfriend was coming over and I wanted to eat sitting in the garden I decided to make some puff pastry tarts. They are very easy to make if you use ready-made pastry; you can top them with pretty much anything and just pop them in the oven. I decided to make two flavours: roasted butternut squash and goat's cheese, and bacon and mozzarella.

I found this Jus-Rol "all butter" puff pastry in the supermarket, which had different packaging and was a bit more expensive than the same brand's standard puff pastry so I thought I would give it a try. I have made my own puff pastry before but it's very time-consuming!

Simply roll out the pastry

I roasted some butternut squash when I had the oven on the night before; chop into cubes.

I layered one half of the puff pastry sheet with the cubed butternut squash and some Capricorn soft goat's cheese, which I sliced as best I could given it was quite soft. I chopped and fried some bacon and added this to the other side of the pastry sheet along with a ball of mozzarella which I tore up. Finally I drizzled some olive oil over the top.

I also made a warm potato salad to go with this dish. I boiled some Jersey royals and made a dressing from Dijon mustard, honey, white wine vinegar and oil.

Bake the pastry for about 15 minutes in the oven and sprinkle some fresh basil leaves on top.

Slice into squares and serve either warm or cold.

This made a lovely dinner al fresco and I had the leftovers in my lunchbox the next day.

I'm sharing this with the wonderfully-named Fromage Homage, for the monthly Cheese Please challenge as the ingredient to use this month is soft goat's cheese.


  1. all my favourite ingredients.-yummy.

  2. Roasted Butternut Squash and Goat's Cheese - what a perfect combination. And I love a puff pastry tart (as long as I don't have to make the pastry...) YUM! Thanks for entering this into this month's Cheese, Please! Challenge. I often have a squash lurking about so will have to try this.

  3. oooh, HELLO easy bake perfection... what a brilliant idea. I love it!


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