Fried Ratatouille and Goat Cheese Tart

Packed with oven-roasted eggplant, zucchini, peppers and onions, this tart is full of flavors and colors. A delicious combination of roasted vegetables is harmoniously combined in a crispy pastry crust, making it the perfect centerpiece for a picnic or alfresco lunch. The creamy, tangy goat cheese adds wonderful richness to every bite and complements the earthy flavor of the vegetables. Whether enjoyed warm or at room temperature, this Roasted Ratatouille Goat Cheese Pie is a delicious and refreshing option for a light and filling meal.

Ingredients

  • 500g pack of whole butter shortcrust pastry
  • flour, for dusting
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 2½ cm pieces
  • 1 zucchini, cut into thick slices
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
  • 1 red onion, cut into thick slices
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 300 ml pot of double cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ small bunch basil, the leaves only, plus a few extra leaves for serving
  • 150g pack of hard goat cheese
  • a handful of toasted pine nuts (optional)

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
  2. Mix the eggplant, zucchini, peppers and onions together with garlic, olive oil and some spices.
  3. Place on a large baking sheet (you may need to use 2 sheets) and roast for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and roast for another 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and starting to caramelize.
  5. Meanwhile, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 30 minutes.
  6. While the vegetables are cooling, reduce the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5.
  7. Prick the bottom of the tart base with a fork, line with baking paper and fill with baking beans.
  8. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, then remove the beans and parchment.
  9. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the dough is lightly golden brown.
  10. Reduce oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3.
  11. Squeeze the garlic out of the peel, put it in a jug and mash it into a paste with a little salt.
  12. Slowly stir in the cream, then add the eggs and some spices.
  13. Scatter the basil through the cooled vegetables, then add two thirds to the dough base and spread into an even layer.
  14. Crumble three quarters of the goat cheese over the top and then pour over the cream mixture.
  15. Top with remaining vegetables and cheese.
  16. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the tart is set and the center wobbles slightly.
  17. Serve warm for lunch or cold at a picnic, sprinkled with additional basil leaves and a few toasted pine nuts if desired.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

Before starting this recipe, make sure you have the following equipment and tools:

  • baking tray
  • rolling pin
  • Cake pan or tart pan
  • Knife
  • dulcimer
  • frying pan
  • baking paper
  • Baking beans or dried beans
  • Whisk
  • measuring cup

Allergen information

This Roasted Ratatouille Goat Cheese Pie contains the following allergens:

  • Dairy products (double cream, goat cheese)
  • Eggs

If you or any of your guests suffer from allergies or dietary restrictions, please consider these ingredients.

Storage and leftovers

This Roasted Ratatouille Goat Cheese Pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to cover it with foil or place it in an airtight container to preserve its freshness. To reheat, place the tart in the preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for about 10 minutes.

If there are any leftovers, they can be enjoyed cold or warmed up. To preserve the flavor and texture, we recommend reheating the tart in the oven and not in the microwave.

Health Benefits of Roasted Ratatouille and Goat Cheese Tart

When it comes to healthy and tasty meals, the Roasted Ratatouille Goat Cheese Tart is a winner. Combining a variety of fresh vegetables, creamy goat cheese and homemade pastries, this dish offers a range of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional value of its ingredients.

Nutrient-rich vegetables

Ratatouille cake is packed with nutrient-dense vegetables that provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eggplant or eggplant is a low-calorie vegetable that contains fiber, potassium and a number of antioxidants. Zucchini, also known as zucchini, is a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Yellow pepper is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, while red onions provide antioxidants and a decent amount of fiber. All of these ingredients contribute to a well-rounded nutritional profile.

Heart-healthy olive oil

The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of olive oil to fry the vegetables. Olive oil is known for its heart-healthy properties thanks to its high content of monounsaturated fats. These healthy fats can help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower LDL cholesterol levels. Additionally, olive oil contains antioxidants that help fight inflammation in the body.

Tomatoes – a source of lycopene

The cherry tomatoes in this cake are not only delicious but also offer numerous health benefits. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers, particularly prostate cancer. Lycopene also promotes skin health and protects against sun damage.

Nutrient-rich goat cheese

This recipe contains a 150g pack of hard goat cheese, which not only provides a creamy, tangy taste, but also provides important nutrients. Goat cheese is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12, making it a good choice for those on a vegetarian diet. It also contains less lactose than cow’s milk cheese, which can be beneficial for those with lactose intolerance.

Basil – a nutritious herb

Basil is an aromatic herb that gives the cake a fresh touch. Basil not only improves taste but also offers several health benefits. It contains essential oils that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also rich in vitamin K, which is important for bone health and blood clotting.

Omit or add optional ingredients

If you like, you can sprinkle a handful of toasted pine nuts over the tart before baking. Pine nuts are a good source of healthy fats, magnesium, and vitamin E. However, this ingredient is optional, so you can omit it if necessary or if you have a nut allergy.

In conclusion, the Roasted Ratatouille Goat Cheese Tart is not only a delicious but also a nutritious dish. With its abundance of vegetables, heart-healthy olive oil, nutrient-dense goat cheese, and other comforting ingredients, this pie is a great choice for a healthy and satisfying meal.

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