Hey everybody, these brighter days have inspired me to create a light fresh recipe with a spring feel. This recipe is Ideal for a Sunday lunch, a picnic or a Valentines night in and the leftovers are fantastic in a lunchbox. This tart can be made with puff or filo pastry also. If you do not have fresh dill, don’t worry dried will be fine. The fish stock cube just adds a little punch of flavour. Some fresh liquid stock would be even better. Be careful not to oversalt this dish as the smoked salmon itself and the stock do add a saltiness already. Some optional ingredients which could be added in include: leeks and asparagus. For an even more luxurious feel as a treat for Valentines Day why not add some fresh prawns, crayfish tails or lobster.
Enjoy with a fresh green salad and a glass of prosecco.
- 200g Shortcrust pastry
– 200g plain flour
– 100g butter
– Few tbsp cold water
- 250g smoked salmon
- 3 eggs
- 250ml double cream
- 1 red onion
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- Salt and pepper
- ½ fish stock cube
- Preheat oven to 200C
- Short crust Pastry – Cut the butter into small squares. Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs. Slowly, using a knife stir in some cold water until it all comes together in a ball. Knead for a minute of two, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30mins
- Shred the salmon into strips. Finely slice the red onion, chop the dill up finely.
- Whisk the eggs and cream together, season with salt and pepper. Dissolve the fish stock in 50mls hot water. Allow to cool a little and add this to the egg and cream mixture.
- Add the salmon, onion and dill to the egg mixture. Set aside.
- Remove the pastry from the fridge – roll out and line a quiche dish. Bake blind for 15mins. (Baking blind means putting the pastry in the quiche dish – then line it with parchment / greaseproof paper and put something dry like rice / pasta in it to weigh it down. After 20 mins – remove and discard)
- When the pastry has been baked – pour in the filling. Return to the oven and bake until firm and a golden colour, about 35mins.
- Remove from the oven, cool on a wire tray.
This tart is best served at room temperature with a green salad and a garlic and lemon vinaigrette.
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