Boxing Day Dish. Ricotta, Red Pepper and Parmesan Tart

Sunday 6th December 2020

Boxing Day Dish

Ricotta, Red Pepper and Parmesan Tart

Serves 6

Ensure you remove the pastry from the fridge about 10 minutes before you want to use it.

Everyone loves this pretty tart.  Serve with homemade coleslaw, coleslaw, boiled new potatoes and a leaf salad to which you have added some chunks of watermelon and sliced cucumber.

1x375g ready rolled sheet puff pastry, de-frosted, if frozen

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 medium size red onions, peeled and sliced OR

1x180g. packet freshly sliced red onion

1 Tsp. dried mixed herbs

1 large red pepper, sliced

1 large yellow pepper, sliced

Salt and pepper

240g ricotta cheese

1 medium size egg

70g Parmesan cheese, grated

70g mature Cheddar cheese, grated

3 medium size ripe tomatoes, chopped


  1.  Pre-heat oven to 200C Fan, Gas 7 .Arrange pastry, on paper provided in the box, on a large baking sheet.
  2. Using a small sharp knife, score a border around edge of pastry, but do not cut right through.  Prick centre all over with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the topping. Heat oil in a medium size frying pan. Add onions and peppers and cook, over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened.
  4. Stir in herbs, tomatoes and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Set aside to cool. (This can be done 2 days in advance and stored, covered in the fridge.)
  5. Beat egg in a small bowl, then use a little of it to brush round edge of tart.
  6. Turn ricotta cheese into a mixing bowl and beat in remaining egg. Spread Ricotta evenly over base of flan. Top with vegetables, spreading them over evenly.
  7. Combine Parmesan and cheddar on a plate, then sprinkle evenly over tart.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden.
  9. Transfer to platter and serve in large slices.


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