Leek and Ricotta Tart

Author: Brea Walker   Date Posted:11 August 2016 

This recipe was suggested to me by a friend with two little ones the same ages as my boys.  I am always looking for easy and yummy snack and lunch ideas for the family and I am a regular trawler of this website but the title "Leek and Ricotta Tart" didn't take my fancy prior to this.

This is one of those recipes that you should not judge by its name alone.  I made these tarts with the intention of using half for afternoon tea snack and freezing the rest for lunch box fillers.  The portion for afternoon tea were demolished by one of my 3 year olds before they had fully cooled and the frozen ones were pulled from the freezer by my husband and lasted until the next morning.

There are no unusual or expensive ingredients in this recipe.  Ricotta is an item I purchase every week in the shopping and puff pastry is usually in abundance in the freezer (as 1-2 sheets are usually always leftover from previous dinners/lunches).  The only thing I had to add to the shopping list was a leek.

The method is super easy.  I had a baby standing at my feet for the majority of the time and the hardest part was cutting up the leek super fine.  I initially started doing it with a knife but realised that there is a slicer on my grater which made the job much quicker and smoother.

I ended up cutting half of the pastry sheets into 8 squares rather than 4 squares which made for perfect finger food for baby, toddlers and big kids.  The frozen ones were larger as they were intended for lunches rather than afternoon tea.  I did have to keep an eye on it in the oven as was not sure how long they would require to brown.

This recipe has been added to my personal recipe book as I know that it will be a regular in my household.  A big thanks to the One Handed Cooks for another tasty and budget friendly recipe.

You can find the recipe here.


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