Red pepper and feta cheese tart

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This is a lovely way to use red peppers, at their best in autumn. It’s a fabulous combination of sweet peppers, salty cheese and crisp pastry. Great for a Christmas veggie dish too. Serves 4

You will need three medium or two large red peppers; a red onion, garlic, fresh oregano or thyme, 150g feta cheese and six eggs; plus pastry ingredients: 200g flour, 100g butter. Try to track down Spanish or Italian peppers, which will have ripened in the sun, rather than UK or Dutch, which will have been grown under glass.

You will also need a 24cm metal flan tin, loose-based.

Pastry: Your usual shortcrust pastry (just make it in the same way as you normally do – 200g plain flour and 100g butter); 175g plain flour; 125g butter – whizzed in food processor; add 3 tbs water; form into a ball. Chill in fridge for 30mins or so – even overnight.

Roll out the pastry fairly thinly. Line a fluted metal flan tin with pastry – this is enough for one 24cm tin plus two little 11.5cm tins. Bake blind at 190°C for 15 mins. They will probably shrink, so line on outside with foil before filling to catch the worst of spills.

Filling
3 x roasted red peppers (roasted whole, plain, at 200*C for about 30 mins, then deseeded and skinned) medium red onion, chopped fairly small
clove garlic, chopped
1 tbs fresh oregano or thyme (or dried herbs – but fresh is better)
150g feta cheese, crumbled
6 eggs

Method
Fry onion gently in oil till soft – say 5 mins. Add garlic and oregano/thyme – another two mins or so. Add chunked peppers, take off heat. In a mixing bowl, beat 6 eggs; crumble in the feta; add veggies. Mix well; season cautiously – unlikely to need salt. Pour into tins and bake at 190°C until puffy and golden.

© Jane Chittenden

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