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mini artichoke tart canapés

With the artichoke tart, apply the drizzle of pesto before serving these tarts, which are best enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

Mini Artichoke Tarts

Makes 6 mini tarts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes


1 sheet of shortcrust pastry, defrosted

1 egg

1 tablespoon of milk

6 teaspoons of soft goat cheese

12 small jarred artichokes

A handful of roughly grated Parmesan cheese

6 teaspoons of pesto


  1. Preheat your oven to 180c/160c/gas mark 5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  1. Roll out your shortcrust pastry until you have a large rectangle. Cut these into six squares. Fold in the edges of each square so you create a border around each segment. Place these on the lined baking tray.
  1. Beat the egg and add to the milk. Use a pastry brush to coat each pastry segment completely with the egg wash.
  1. Add a teaspoon of goat cheese to the centre of each segment, spreading evenly within the borders.
  1. Add two small artichokes to each tart. Top with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through.
  1. Serve warm or at room temperature topped with a drizzle of pesto.

This recipe first appeared in The Irish Independent on December 31st 2015

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