Saturday, August 16, 2008

Leek, Asparagus and Goat Feta Tarts

Johanna from The Passionate Cook is hosting this edition of "Waiter, There's something in my..." and the something is picnic food.

It's not quite picnic weather here - you'd need a waterproof blanket and several large umbrellas to even begin to attempt it but you can always get into the spirit of things.

When making picnic food you don't want anything too fussy or time consuming and as I've decided to make small savoury tarts, rather than going the home-made pastry route, Filo (or Phyllo) pastry makes a handy substitute.

The filling has been kept simple - a mix of leek, new season asparagus and this lovely local Goat Feta

meredith dairy goat feta© by Haalo

It's then topped with a basic creamy egg mixture and baked until golden.

leek,asparagus and goat feta tarts© by Haalo

Leek, Asparagus and Goat Feta Tarts

Filo pastry
melted butter
grated Parmesan

2 leeks, whites only, quartered, sliced
1 bunch asparagus, sliced diagonally
Meredith Dairy Goat Feta (or your favourite Feta)
2 eggs
½ cup cream
½ cup milk

Make the filling:
Heat a little oil and a knob of butter in a pan and when the butter has melted add the leek. Sauté gently until just softened before adding the asparagus. Stir them through and cook for a couple of minutes or until the asparagus has just started to change colour. Season with freshly ground white pepper and then let it cool before using.

leek and aspargus filling© by Haalo

Make the filo cases:
The filling will be sufficient to make 4 x 10cm/4 inch tarts.

Each tart case uses 6 layers of filo.

Butter the filo and lightly sprinkle it with a little finely grated parmesan. Place the next sheet over it and repeat the process until all 6 sheets are used - ending with a plain sheet. Place the assembled sheets into the tart tin and then mould it into shape.

It's not important to be too fussy when moulding as the rustic look is very appealing. Place these in the fridge until ready to use.

Assemble the tarts:

Divide the filling amongst the tart cases - crumble small pieces of feta over the tart. Don't be tempted to add to much as it is salty.

leek, asparagus and goat feta tarts© by Haalo

Place the eggs, cream and milk into a jug and whisk until combined.

Place the tarts onto a baking tray and then pour the egg mixture evenly amongst the cases.

Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for about 30 minutes or until puffed, golden and cooked through.

Let them sit 5 minutes before moving them to cool on a wire rack.

leek, asparagus and goat feta tarts© by Haalo

For easy transportation, as these are perfectly edible cold, place the tarts back in their tins - this should protect them from any damage and arrive at your picnic spot in pristine condition.

leek, asparagus and goat feta tarts© by Haalo,


  1. These look really good. May I come on your picnic, if I arrange some nice weather?

  2. Like the idea of using filo pastry - quick alternative to making your own shortcrust!

  3. Goat feta -- ooh. These look yummy!

  4. Oh how beautiful! These make perfect picnic fodder. Anything with goat's cheese get's me every time, especially with leeks. There is nothign like opening a picnic basket to find pretty little tarts and quiches.

  5. Thanks Holler - you are always welcome!

    Thanks Beth - it's quick and tastes good too!

    Thanks JS - it's excellent feta, enjoyable just on its own.

    Thanks Helen - individual tarts do have that cute factor going for them.

  6. I'm not sure which is making my drool more - the photos or the ingredients....

  7. Love your photography! Do you do it yourself? Good work..

  8. I am so enjoying the new season asparagus too. Filo tart shells are the way to go I think.

  9. Wait until you smell them Katie!

    Thanks Scotty - yes I take all the photos and cook all the food - I have even been known to delve into restaurant kitchens ;)

    Hi Nora - yep, I just love asparagus season and filo certainly is not only a time saver but a really good alternative.

  10. and there i was worrying that the southern hemisphere would struggle with the theme... but this is perfect picnic food, whatever the weather! thanks a lot for participating...


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