375g pack all-butter ready-rolled puff pastry, defrosted if frozen
200g goat's cheese with rind, sliced (we used Capricorn goat's brie)
sprinkling thyme leaves
1 egg, beaten
200g bag salad, to serve
1 tsp Dijon mustard
I often make these as a starter; served with
dressed leaves and a spoonful of piquant
pear chutney, they’re a total crowd-pleaser
(mini versions make great nibbles, too).
The sweet-sour chutney is super-quick to
make, although you could use shop-bought
if you prefer.
Make the chutney first. Heat the oil in a large pan, then soften the onion for 5 mins. Turn up the heat, then add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until tender and sticky. Leave to cool, then season to taste. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Cut the pastry into 8 triangles, lift onto a baking sheet, then spread a little of the chutney over the middle of each. Top with a couple of cheese slices and a scattering of thyme. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg, then chill until ready to bake. Can be prepared and chilled up to 1 day ahead.
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bake for 20 mins or until dark golden and crisp underneath. Whisk together 1 tbsp oil
and 1 tsp vinegar with the mustard and seasoning, then dress the salad leaves. Serve the tarts with the salad and a spoonful more chutney on the side.