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Zucchini, black olive and goat's cheese tarts

The bold flavours of goat's cheese and black olives make a delicious base for a simple shortcrust tart.

By Max Adey
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4 - 6
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If you plan on entertaining soon, make a double batch of the olive and goat's cheese spread to serve with crudités.


  • 2 squares (about 25cm) shortcrust pastry (see note)
  • 60 gm (½ cup) pitted black olives, such as Kalamata
  • 1 anchovy fillet, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 100 gm goat's curd, crumbled
  • 2 small zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tsp aged red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) basil leaves


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C, and place two large baking trays in oven to heat. Place each pastry square on a piece of baking paper.
  • 2
    Process olives, anchovy, garlic, thyme and half the oil to a coarse paste in a small food processor. Add goat's curd, blend to combine, and season to taste. Spread mixture over pastry, leaving a 1.5cm border. Top each tart with a quarter of the zucchini, brush borders with egg yolk, drizzle with a little extra oil and season to taste. Slide onto the heated trays and bake, rotating and swapping trays partway through cooking, until golden (18-20 minutes).
  • 3
    Toss remaining zucchini and oil in a bowl with vinegar and basil, season to taste, pile onto tarts and serve.


We use Carême sour cream shortcrust pastry.