Sausage and Chestnut Tarts

Evening

It’s finally pay day tomorrow!  Thank goodness for that!  But, for this evening, I was still restricted to what was in the freezer.  As it turns out, it made a fairly cohesive meal and was so quick and simple to put together (just what I needed after a day of boring boring revision).

This was by no means perfect.  The tarts were a little on the dry side.  That could have been remedied by adding some kind of pizza-esque tomato sauce, or (what would have been my preference) more cheese.  Something like raclette or emmental would have been perfect, but all I had was an old piece of grana padano so I had to make do with that.  Far from ideal, but it did the job.

A little version of these tarts would be great as a starter, and obviously the filling/topping is infinitely variable, depending on your particular tastes/occasion/budget etc.  For the time being, this did me nicely.

Much love

Gemma xx

Sausage and Chestnut Tarts

Ready-made puff pastry
1 good quality sausage per diner
Cooked chestnuts, crumbled slightly
1 onion, very thinly sliced
1 tomato, sliced
Fresh thyme leaves
Cheese
Olive oil

Mixed salad to serve

  1. Roll the pastry out to a rectangle and cut one square per diner.  Around 1cm in from the edge, score a square in the pastry.  Bake the pastry squares for around 5 minutes to start them puffing up.
  2. Cut each sausage into  about 6 pieces.  Remove the pastry from the oven and push down the central square.  Layer the onion, tomato, chestnuts, thyme and sausage in the pastry cases, season and top with some cheese and olive oil.
  3. Bake until the pastry has risen and turned golden brown, the sausage has cooked through and the cheese has melted.  Serve with a well dressed mixed salad.

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