Thursday, 1 August 2013

Courgette and Ricotta Tart

With a  long hot sunny spell followed by a lot of warm rain, the vegetable garden has run amok. It's not all good news - the tomatoes are very leggy, trying to catch up on missed growth when it was so cold, and the beans don't seem to be getting the usual second flush of flowers, but at the moment we are getting regular supplies of beans and peas, and more courgettes than we know what to do with.

This courgette and ricotta tart was ideal for both using up some of the excess and for providing a light meal on one of the recent hot days. We ate it with coleslaw and a tomato and green bean salad.

I followed the recipe more or less exactly (!!!).  The first change was that I used a pack of Tesco ready-rolled puff pastry which was flavoured with dill and lemon - I thought these flavours would complement the courgettes and cheese well. I used four small courgettes for the topping, and my tart looks as if it has more courgettes on top than the one in the recipe. I also added some seasoning to the ricotta and egg mix, as I didn't have much basil to add. (I recently trimmed the basil plant for a batch of pesto and could only glean a couple of tablespoons of very small leaves from it.)

The results were delicious. All the flavours worked well together, and the tart was very light and refreshing - just right for appetites blunted by the heat. The only thing lacking was seasoning - next time I'll add more salt to the ricotta and also season the courgettes while frying them.

I was really impressed with the flavour of the pastry - I could taste both the lemon and dill, but neither were overwhelming. The pastry didn't rise as much as I expected, but that might just be the recipe, not a problem with the pastry.

Hubs thought he would prefer a quiche, with it's deeper filling, but I really liked that the courgettes were the dominant flavour  here - I think they would have been lost buried in a deep custard.

10 comments:

Claire Thorpe said...

Oh that looks delicious!

belleau kitchen said...

that is STUNNING... so simple, so fresh... I have courgettes... I may make this this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration x

Anne Szadorska said...

Our friends are growing courgettes too and they all seem to have ripened at once - we had a gift of them at the weekend! The tart looks delicious, love creamy ricotta!

That pastry also sounds really good, think I remember spotting it - sounds like would work well with salmon too!

figjamandlimecordial.com said...

What a clever way to use up part of a zucchini glut! I've never seen flavoured pastry for sale - how interesting! :)

Suelle said...

This is the only flavoured version of puff pastry I've seen on sale, but there are other flavours I can imagine working well.

Nora said...

That tart is just beautiful! And I'm very intrigued by this flavoured pastry - will keep an eye out for it. (Or if I'm feeling energetic, I might try to give it a go myself.)

snowy said...

A great way to use up a glut of courgettes - it looks delicious. I've not seen flavoured pastry either - will look out for it.

Choclette said...

Your garden is well ahead of ours. We just harvested our first small courgettes this weekend and flowers are just starting to appear on our beans. The dill I grew to accompany my beetroot has bolted before the beetroot are harvestable. Your tart looks so good I am bookmarking it straight away and hoping I might just be able to salvage some dill to go with it.

Debbie @ TheMondayBaker said...

This looks lovely and summery.
Our garden is awash with courgettes at the moment that I'm trying to catch before they become marrows(!). It's always good to find another recipe to help me stay on top of them. I'll have to keep an eye out for that pastry.

Phil in the Kitchen said...

I seem to have a ridiculous number of courgettes in the garden and so this is definitely what I need. It sounds lovely. I like the sound of the flavoured pastry too.