Wonderfully peppery rocket with meltingly sweet leeks topped
with a glistening egg makes a wonderful meal whatever the
Rocket, leek and egg
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
1 medium-sized leek, sliced thinly and washed and drained
2 Tbsp oil
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
6 Tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 cups fresh rocket
1½ Tbsp flat-leaf parsley
1½ Tbsp coriander leaves, roughly chopped
250g puff pastry
30g sour cream
4 medium free-range eggs
Salt and cracked pepper
Preheat oven to 210degC/190degC fan.
Heat a medium frypan and add 2 Tbsp oil, add sliced leeks and
cook gently for 2-3 minutes. Add the spices and cook for a
further minute. Remove from the heat and add the rocket,
parsley and coriander, mix to combine.
Don't worry that the rocket starts to wilt as this is the
desired effect. Set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to
about 3mm thick and cut out four 15cmx15cm squares. Prick all
over with a fork and place the squares, spaced well apart, on
a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave to rest in the
fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Remove the pastry from the fridge and brush the top and sides
with beaten egg. Using the back of a spoon or something
similar, spread half a tablespoon of sour cream over the
pastry squares, leaving a little space around the edge. Add
about 3 tablespoons of leek and rocket mixture over the sour
cream ensuring that you don't go over the space around the
edge so it's clear to rise.
Using the back of a spoon mould a small shallow hole in the
topping to break an egg into later on, to prevent it running
away!Bake the tarts for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and
crack an egg into each tart. Return to the oven and cook for
another 7 minutes, until the eggs are just set. Sprinkle with
a little salt and cracked pepper, and a light drizzling of
extra virgin olive oil.
• Alison Lambert, chef at the Otago Farmers Market, will
be demonstrating this recipe at the market on Saturday