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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest – EBENEZER SCROOGE


When first faced with Marley’s ghost, a sceptical Scrooge says, “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”
So, in the spirit of all Christmases, past, present and yet to be, let’s lighten the hardest of pre-haunted hearts with a bit of cheese he might be happy to digest.

LEEK AND SMOKED APPLEWOOD CHEESE TARTLETS

1 sheet puff pastry
1 leek
3tbsp red onion chutney
1 pack smoked Applewood cheese
1tbsp olive oil
25g butter

Heat the oil and butter.
Chop the leek into rings and cook for about 10 minutes over a low heat.  
Meanwhile, place a glass on the pastry, starting as close to the edge as you can, and cut round it to make a circle. Repeat as many times as possible (I made 8). Then, with a knife, score an inner ring.
Place on a baking tray or greaseproof paper and cook at 200°C/ Gas 7 for 5 minutes until the pastry starts to rise.
Remove from the oven and place a small amount of the onion chutney inside the inner ring of each.
Distribute the cooked leeks equally between all the tarts.
Cut small chunks of cheese and place 2-3 on top of the leeks.
Put back into the oven and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until the cheese has melted. 
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

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