These Harissa, Feta and Tomato Tartlets are a delicious vegetarian appetizer. Packed with flavor, wrapped in a homemade pastry crust, and baked to a golden perfection.
I know that these bright orange tomato tartlets might not look like anything too fancy. But let me tell you- they are amazing.
And it's thanks to two of my favourite ingredients - harissa and tomatoes.
I first made my own harissa when I made these pumpkin tarts some time ago, and it's been a staple in our house ever since.
It's become lovingly known as "magic sauce", due to it's versatility. I use it on anything and everything I can think of, and let me tell you it's amazingly versatile.
So much so I always have a jar of it in the fridge ready to spice up whatever I might be cooking.
Before I made these tartlets I played around with a few different combinations of tomatoes and various ingredients but nothing really excited me enough to share with you, that is until I tried this harissa and tomato combination.
And they are delicious.
To make the tarts a little easier on the waist line I've substituted the cream that you would normally find in a savory tart for low fat Greek yoghurt, and it works brilliantly.
Add a small amount of crumbly salty feta (or vegan feta) at the bottom, topped with juicy slices of tomato and you have one delicious tart.
So tell me, what ingredient is a magic ingredient in your house?
If you love these Tomato and Feta Tarts, here are a few more recipes you might like:
- 2 cups plain flour all purpose
- ¾ cup butter cold
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp chilled water
- 3 tomatoes thinly sliced
- 3 oz Danish feta crumbled
- 1 tbsp heaped of homemade Harissa recipe link above
- 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup milk
- 3 tsp thyme leaves pick
- salt and pepper to taste
- Begin by making the pastry. Place the flour and butter in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the egg yolk and water and pulse until the mixture begins to come together to form a ball. Remove from the food processor and place onto plastic wrap and shape into a disc. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Remove the pastry from the refrigerator and roll out the pastry on a lightly floured bench or silicone baking mat until approximately 5mm thick. Line a 8 small loose bottomed tart tin with the pastry, making sure to press into the sides, and trim the excess. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180 celsius (355 Fahrenheit) and line the tart with baking paper and fill with baking weights or beans. Bake for 10 minutes before removing the baking paper and weights and baking for a further 5 minutes or until the base is lightly golden. Set aside to cool.
- In a bowl add the eggs and egg yolk along with the yoghurt and milk and whisk to combine. Add the harissa and season to taste.
- Crumble the feta into the bottom of each tart and top with tomato slices, layering each slice in a circular pattern (about 4 or 5 slices, depending on the size of your tomatoes). Pour the egg mixture over the top and sprinkle with the thyme leaves. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the filling is just set.