Ham, Oliver & Pepper Tart

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Sometimes I’m not in the mood for something sweet. Only sometimes, however. And when lunch calls and I fancy a healthy snack, I opt for this vegetable tart – it screams of Italy and is so simply to make, taking just a few minutes and some very simply ingredients.


I like to think of it as healthy alternative to pizza and when served with a bit of rocket you’ve created an impressive lunch in just 15 minutes.


Serves: 2
1/2 sheet puff pastry
1/3 red pepper
2 x slices ham
3-4 olives
3 tbsp Tomato puree
1 tsp Oregano
Rosemary, for garnish.

Unroll the sheet of pastry and cut in half. Use one half for this recipe and the other half for the parmesan twists at a later date. Create a 1cm border by running a knife lightly round the edge of the pastry. Prick the middle with a fork and place in the oven for 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and press the middle of the pastry down, spread with tomato puree and a sprinkle or the oregano and place back in the oven for a further 5 minutes.

While that’s in the oven, prepare the toppings – slice the ham, cut the olives into thin slices and finally slice the pepper into thin strips. Once the time has come, remove the pastry from the oven and place the toppings on top in any way you wanted. I lay the ham at the bottom and placed the peppers lengthways and finished with the olives I between. Grate on some parmesan – as little or as much as you like and garnish with some rosemary.

Place in the oven for a further 5-7 minutes and leave the cool slightly.

It’s as simply as that – a healthy but very tasty lunch.