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This is a great way to use leftover veggies to make a lovely lunch dish. Eaten with a side salad of aragula or mache, healthy and filling all at once.And best, it is meant to be a rustic looking dish, so no need for you to spend hours trying to make the circles perfect in size and shape. You can add chunks of bacon, chorizo, leftover chicken if you want to make it more filling. Children can help prepare their own individual tartlet and if there is any leftover pastry, how about a bit of fruit and jam to make a dessert one as well. So, let’s get cooking…

Serves 4


500 g / 1 lb butternut, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup feta cheese, cubed
1 roll shortcrust pastry
1 egg


Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F
Place the butternut cubes and onion slices on a baking sheet
Drizzle the oil and add salt and pepper
Mix well with your hands
Roast for about 25 minutes, set aside
Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface
Cut out 4 equally sized discs using a saucer, (about 18 cm / 7 ” each)
Place the pastry disc on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Divide the butternut mixture, spooning a heaped pile in the centre of each, leaving an empty border of pastry around the edges
Add the feta cubes to each
Fold the edges of each disc towards the centre and press together lightly
Brush each tartlet lightly with the beaten egg
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes
Sprinkle with fresh herbs