Leeks self-seeded in our vegetable garden this year. I didn’t plant any as I have not been able to master a beautiful long white stem. I know the theory of how to get it, I have tried to implement all of the recommended steps but with not much success.
Leeks have a long growing season so I didn’t bother planting any this year. By their own accord I ended up with a beautiful little clump of them in one corner of the garden. I harvested some of them last week and this was one of the resulting meals.
This tart is quick and easy to make. It may also be eaten warm or cold so is a great one to pack for work or school lunches or a picnic. I added the poached chicken on the side but if you wanted to it could be added to the tart. I didn’t like to dry out the chicken when it is so lovely and juicy from being poached.
This is my recipe for Leek Tart with Poached Chicken and chives:
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 500 grams chicken breast fillet
- 2 sheets ready made puff pastry - thawed
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 leek finely sliced
- 1-2 chopped anchovy fillet
- 1 red capsicum sliced into strips
- 4 eggs
- pinch salt
- 300 grams light ricotta
- fresh chives
- Add the stock to a saucepan that the chicken pieces will fit into without being on top of each other
- Add the chicken to the saucepan of stock and bring to the boil
- Turn off the heat cover with a lid and allow to sit for 30 minutes to cook the chicken
- While the chicken is cooking: Grease a tart tray and then line it with the pastry to cover the base
- Turn on the oven to heat to 170 degrees (celcius)
- Add the oil to a pan on the stove top. Once warmed add the anchovy, leek and capsicum strips
- Stir and gently cook until the leek has softened
- Whisk the eggs, salt and ricotta in a bowl and add the leek and capsicum when cooked
- Pour into the lined tart tray and cook in the oven for 25 minutes until golden
- When the tart has cooked serve topped with fresh chives and the poached chicken on the side with your choice of vegetables or salad.
This is a simple meal that the family will enjoy. As the tart may be served warm or cold it could be prepared in advance.
If you have had any luck getting your leeks to grow with long white stems please let me know your tips.
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