Cheese and ham tarts

Cheese and ham tarts with potato salad

Cheese and ham tarts

These tarts are very simple and you can change the topping depending on the tastes of the members of your family.  This is a recipe I enjoy cooking with my daughters it is very quick and simple.  These tarts are also nice served cold for lunch the next day (good in picnics!).

Ingredients

300g new potatoes (Charlotte potatoes work well)

1 pack of ready rolled puff pastry

100g cheddar cheese

4 slices of ham

4 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tbsp chives

4 cherry tomatoes

1 small bag of salad

Method

  1. Clean the potatoes and cut into small chunks.  Bring them to the boil in a pan of salted water and cook until tender then drain and leave to cool (you can speed up the cooling process by running the potatoes under some cold water).
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, put the oven on (200C (180C fan oven) or set according to the pack instructions of your puff pastry).
  3. Grate the cheese and cut the ham into small pieces.
  4. Roll the pastry out and cut it into 8 equal sized pieces (this will make eight tarts; for smaller tarts, cut into smaller pieces).  Put these pieces onto some baking sheets.
  5. with a knife, roughly score a border on the pastry (so that you have a smaller rectangle within the pastry).  This does not have to be especially neat (see Figure a).
Figure a
Figure a

6. Sprinkle the cheese and ham on top of the pastry, trying to keep the edges clear (see Figure b).

Figure b
Figure b

7. Cook the tarts for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the pastry edges are golden and risen.

8. While the tarts are cooking, combine the potatoes with the mayonnaise and chives.  Serve with the tarts, salad and tomatoes.

TIP:  Try tomato and Mozzarella as an alternative topping.

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