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Courgette/Zucchini and Lovage Tart

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This is perfect eaten with a soft green salad and perhaps some new potatoes. Yum!

  • Makes : 4-6 |
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  • Prep Time : 20 mins |
  • Cook Time : 40 mins
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  • 150g porridge oats
  • 120 g butter
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 3 medium onions, chopped finely
  • 2 medium courgettes or zucchini, quartered lengthways and sliced finely
  • Plump handful of lovage leaves
  • 6 eggs
  • 175 g mascarpone
  • Salt pepper
  • 100 g cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 175 C.

Melt the butter and stir in the porridge oats. Once fully mixed, tip the oats into a ceramic tart dish about 25 to 30 cm in diameter. Squash the buttered oats firmly down into the dish with the back of a spoon until completely flat and smooth. Bake in the oven for fifteen minutes until the oats are slightly toasted in colour.

Snip the bacon into smallish squares and fry gently until crisp, but not too brittle. Remove the bacon and fry the onions in the remaining oil, adding a slosh of olive oil to help them along. Add salt and a pinch of sugar to encourage the onions to caramelise. Once soft and golden, remove the onions and add a little more olive oil to the pan. Tip in the courgettes and season. Cook quite briskly for a few minutes and then add the shredded lovage leaves. Stir for a minute or so until the leaves wilt. Remove from the heat. Tip first the bacon, then the onion and finally the courgettes and lovage leaves evenly onto the oat base.

Mix the eggs, mascarpone, cheddar cheese and pepper well and then pour over the bacon, onions and courgettes, making sure everything is well coated. Bake in the oven for twenty to twenty five minutes until golden.