Pizza tart with Irish brie

Neven Maguire creates a versatile tart with all of the familiar pizza flavours, but on a crisp puff pastry base
By Neven Maguire
Pizza tart with Irish brie
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chilling
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 350 g ready made puff pastry
  • A little plain flour, for dusting
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small courgette, finely sliced
  • 1 small red pepper, seeded and finely sliced
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 125 g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 egg yolk, lighly beaten
  • 25 g freshly grated parmesan
  • 100 g Irish brie, (ripe but firm, such as St. Brendan or Cooleeney)
  • Fresh basil, to garnish

Tips and Suggestions

Try to use the all butter puff pastry, which is now widely available as the flavour is so much better. If you don't fancy using Brie try slices of mozzarella or goat's cheese.

Method

1. Roll out the pastry so it is 5mm thick on a lightly floured board and then chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cut 2 x 20cm circles from the pastry and prick the whole surface evenly with a fork. Place on non-stick baking sheets and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until puffed up and lightly golden.

2. While the pastry is baking, heat the butter in a large frying pan with the olive oil and sauté the courgette, red pepper, red onion and mushrooms for a few minutes until just wilted but not fully cooked. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and leave to cool a little.

3. Remove the pastry from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Brush the pastry with a little of the egg yolk to stop the pastry from absorbing excess liquid from the vegetables, then toss the rest with the vegetables and Parmesan.

4. Spread the tossed vegetables evenly over the pastry bases and scatter the slices of Irish Brie cheese on top. Return to the oven for about 10 minutes until the pizzas are puffed and golden and the vegetables are cooked. Garnish with the basil leaves and serve hot on plates, cut into wedges.

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