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Easy Harissa Vegetable Tarts

 These easy harissa vegetable tarts are great hot or cold and super easy to make.

Easy Harissa Vegetable Tarts

Easy Harissa Vegetable Tarts


My latest recipe for easy harissa vegetable tarts is rather versatile as it can be served hot for dinner with potatoes and veg or cold for lunch with salad.

It's easy to make and it's packed with veg and lots of flavour.

A real winner!


Puff pastry


These simple vegetable tarts or you may call them vegetable pies, are made with puff pastry.

Ready-rolled puff pastry is my go-to option when I'm making tarts as it cuts down on the work, but more importantly, it's rolled evenly in a perfect rectangle, which makes life much easier.

I don't know about you, but I am rubbish at rolling a perfectly even rectangle of pastry.


Vegan puff pastry


New vegans might wonder if puff pastry is suitable for vegans.

The good news is it usually is, from the supermarket brands to big brands.

Just avoid any puff pastry marked 'all butter', as it is exactly that and definitely not suitable for a plant-based diet.

If you're not sure, just check the ingredients.


Can you use frozen puff pastry to make a tart?


Yes, you can absolutely use frozen puff pastry.

Just take it out of the freezer the night before and pop it in the fridge to defrost overnight.


vegetable tarts on a baking sheet covered by greaseproof paper (baking paper)

Lining your baking sheets so the puff pastry tarts don't stick


Ready rolled puff pastry comes wrapped in greaseproof paper that is suitable for baking tarts on.

I like to move the pastry tarts onto a large baking sheet covered with baking paper to give them room to expand as they cook.

Pre-cut baking paper (parchments sheets) are one of my top buys.

Make sure you are well-stocked with them if you buy them as you will use them for everything once you have them.

I buy a box of 100 sheets which are coated on both sides, so there is no chance of you using the wrong side and the pastry sticking (I learn from my mistakes like everyone else).

Just in case you are interested I buy Zezazu parchment sheets. They are 30.5 cm x 40.6 cm (12 x 16 inches), which fits a half-sheet pan. They are unbleached and I buy them from Amazon.


vegetable tarts served warm with herby baby potatoes and sweetcorn


Which ingredients do you need to make a vegetable tart?


Here are the simple ingredients you need to make these individual vegetable pies.

  • Puff pastry
  • Olive oil
  • Red pepper
  • Butternut squash
  • Carrots
  • Baby corn
  • Broccoli (or tenderstem broccoli)
  • Vegan feta
  • Harissa
  • Red pepper paste (or sundried tomato paste)
  • Mango chutney (optional)
  • Dried oregano
  • Chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper

Variations to the ingredients



Here are a few ideas for varying the ingredients.

  • Red pepper - you could use different colours of pepper or swap them with courgettes (zucchini)
  • Butternut squash - sweet potato would be a good swap
  • Baby corn - you could use fresh, tinned or frozen sweetcorn instead, but don't need to roast these, just add to the tart before it is baked
  • Broccoli - or tenderstem broccoli
  • Vegan feta - this is added to the cooked tart before serving, you could add dollops of cream cheese or herb and garlic cream cheese instead
  • Harissa - you could use vegan pesto instead
  • Red pepper paste - or sundried tomato paste, or even just tomato puree
  • Dried oregano - or dried basil
  • Chilli flakes - chilli powder or paprika


vegan feta

Vegan feta cheese



Vegan feta cheese or vegan Greek cheese as it is sometimes known is added to this veggie tart before it is served.

If it was dairy feta, it could be added to the tart to bake, but unfortunately, vegan feta tends to melt and not in a good way, when baked.

It's not bad as a filling mixed with other cheeses, as it can make them oozier, but it doesn't work for this type of tart.

Just crumble some on once the veg tarts are baked and you'll have that lovely creamy and slightly salty flavour which works so well with roast vegetables.


a jar of harissa paste


What is harissa paste?


Harissa paste is used in the glaze or marinade for the roast vegetables.

This flavourful paste is made from chilli, spices and herbs mixed with oil.

It is popular in the Middle East and North Africa. In Persian cooking, rose petals or rose water is added to the harissa for a floral note.



vegetables in a sheet pan

Which vegetables can be used in a harissa vegetable tart?



You can see the vegetables I used (red peppers, butternut squash, baby corn and tenderstem broccoli) to make this tart, but you can vary the vegetables.

It's a great tart for using up veg.

Here's a list of vegetables that would be a tasty addition to these vegan pies.

  • Aubergine (eggplant)
  • Baby corn
  • Bell peppers - any colour
  • Butternut squash
  • Broccoli 
  • Carrots
  • Courgette (zucchini)
  • Mangetout
  • Parsnips
  • Red onions
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Sweet potatoes

Why roast the vegetables?



Roasting the vegetables give them a really intense, smoky flavour.

It's also a really easy way to cook the veg as they can all be thrown onto a tray, dressed with a marinade and cooked at the same time.


Only partially roast the veg



Don't roast the vegetables as long as you usually would as they will be cooked further when the tarts are popped in the oven to cook.

You are really just starting the cooking process and adding extra flavour.


close up of harissa vegetable tart served with potatoes & corn

How to serve harissa vegetable tarts



Here are a few ideas for serving these individual vegan pies both hot and cold.

Serving the pies hot:

  1. With mashed potatoes, green veg and onion gravy
  2. Served with a baked potato and salad
  3. Or serve with baby potatoes and corn

Serving the pies cold:

  1. On their own in lunchboxes
  2. With a dressed salad
  3. Served with potato wedges, salad and sweet chilli sauce

Individual vegetable pie topped with fresh herbs


Remember to add fresh herbs



Adding a few sprigs of fresh herbs to these vegetable tarts before serving is a great idea.

It adds a splash of colour and a little pop of flavour.

You could add fresh coriander (cilantro), fresh basil, fresh parsley or fresh chives.

Remember, dried herbs when baking and fresh herbs when serving.



More vegan puff pastry recipes to try



Here are a few more rather fabulous vegan puff pastry recipes for you to try.


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How to Make Easy Harissa Vegetable Tarts

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Harissa Vegetable Tarts - step 1

Step 1


  • Preheat the oven and prepare your veg and lay out in a single layer in one or two baking sheets.
  • Next, make up the marinade (dressing) and drizzle it over the veg, then roast the veg until partially roasted.


Harissa Vegetable Tarts - step 2

Step 2



  • While the veg is roasting, make up the sauce for the base of the tarts. Pop the ingredients in a bowl (full ingredient list and instructions in recipe card below), season and mix well.
  • Carefully unfold your pastry and cut it into squares (I cut 4 but you could stretch to 6) and place on a baking sheet, with a space around each pastry square.
  • Score a border around the inside edge of each square (don't cut all the way through) and rub the border with a little olive oil to help it turn golden as it bakes.



Harissa Vegetable Tarts - step 3

Step 3


  • Spread a generous layer of sauce on each square of pastry, avoiding the border, then top with a generous layer of veg.
  • Bake in the oven until golden.
  • Before serving, crumble some vegan feta over each pie and add a few sprigs of fresh herbs.
  • Serve hot or cold.
  • Enjoy!





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dinner
Mediterranean, vegan
Yield: 4-6 pies (depending on size)
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Easy harissa vegetable tarts

Easy harissa vegetable tarts

These easy harissa vegetable tarts are great hot or cold and super easy to make.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min

Ingredients

roast vegetables
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons harissa
  • a generous pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 1/3 butternut squash, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, thickly sliced
  • 12 baby corn
  • 10 tenderstem broccoli (or broccoli florets)
  • salt and pepper
Pie ingredients
  • 325g (11 1/2 oz) puff pastry
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons of red pepper paste (alternatives in notes below)
  • 1 tablespoon mango chutney (optional, you can just add another tablespoon of red pepper paste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 100g (3 1/2 oz) vegan feta cheese
  • fresh herbs (corainder, basil, parlsey or chives)

Instructions

Roasting the veg
  1. Preheat your oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.
  2. Lay your veg in a single layer on one or two baking sheets.
  3. Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil with the harissa, water, and chilli flakes and season with salt and pepper. Mix well, then drizzle over the vegetables.
  4. Roast the veg for 10- 12 minutes, to start the cooking process but not completely cook them.
Preparing the pies (tarts)
  1. In a bowl mix the red pepper paste, mango chutney, oregano, salt and pepper. See the notes section for alternatives.
  2. Carefully unwrap the puff pastry and cut into 4 or 6 squares (or rectangles. place on lined baking sheets, leaving a space around each pie (tart).
  3. Score a border inside the edge of each square, being careful not to cut all the way through. Brush the edge with a little olive oil. This will help the pastry to turn a wonderful golden colour.
  4. Spread a generous layer of the sauce on each square, avoiding the border, then top with a generous layer of veg and bake for 20 minutes until golden.
  5. Once they are out of the oven, crumble some vegan feta cheese over each pie and a few sprigs of fresh herbs.
  6. Serve hot or cold with veg or salad.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes:

Red pepper paste -  you can use sundried tomato paste, or even just tomato puree instead, I get red pepper paste from M&S

Mango chutney - is optional but adds a sweetness and tang, you can skip it and add another spoonful of red pepper paste or one of the alternatives above.

Harissa - you could use vegan pesto instead


Storing pies

Once cool these pies can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days. They are great cold for lunch with salad or in lunchboxes as they are.


Calories

6 pies - 282 calories per pie

4 pies - 424 calories per pie


Nutrition Facts

Calories

423.77

Fat (grams)

26.95

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.77

Carbs (grams)

39.66

Fiber (grams)

4.72

Net carbs

34.94

Sugar (grams)

8.47

Protein (grams)

9.88

Sodium (milligrams)

454.39

Cholesterol (grams)

22.27

22 comments

  1. Just spotted these in the nick of time before I head out to Aldi I am going to make them tonight, my daughter is coming for dinner. Jill

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  2. Cwah they look good. I just saw the email from you (thanks) this morning.

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  3. These harissa vegetable tarts were wonderful! I loved all the flavors and will saving this recipe to make again!!

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    1. I sm so glad you enjoyed them. I was pleased with them.

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  4. I could eat this every day! So much flavor...absolutely delicious!

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    1. I agree, they are so full of flavour and super easy to make too.

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  5. A rainbow of colours and so easy to make too!

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    1. It's so satisfying to gave a rainbow of colours on your plate, isn't it? And the fact it tastes great too is a bonus!

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  6. Harissa adds such wonderful flavor and is great with veggies, love the idea of incorporating it into little tarts like this. Yum!

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  7. This tart with the roasted veggies and harissa sounds and looks marvelous. I cant wait to digin!

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  8. This was such a unique and unexpected dish that did not disappoint! Easily, a new favorite recipe; my whole family loved it!

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    1. I'm so glad you all enjoyed it, it's popular here too.

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  9. Loving this Roasted veggie tart with harissa. My kids would happily tuck in for dinner!

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    1. Puff pastryvtarts definitely go down well with children.

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  10. We had these for dinner tonight with roast potatoes veg and gravy. I had to come and tell you how much we enjoyed them.(Burnett family)

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    1. Oh nice choice and thanks for letting me know. I'm pleased you all enjoyed them.

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  11. Wow these tarts looked so fancy but were surprisingly easy to make!! Super flavorful and satisfying too!

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