Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - , , , , , , , , 1 comments

RECIPE : Leek & Asparagus Tartlets

When a fellow WeightWatcher friend of mine asked me if I could devise some 'pastry' using chickpeas a few weeks ago, I jumped straight to the challenge! They're a great way, blitzed down and mixed with a couple of other ingredients, to form the basis for both sweet and savoury pastry alternatives.
I thought I'd start with my little savoury tartlets this time, then share my sweet egg custard version with you another day.
(I know, I'm a tease)!


They are extremely delicious, luxurious-tasting little morsels made rich by using egg yolk and yoghurt in the centre (the whites are used in the 'pastry'), so no annoying left-over whites or yolks to store.

These little tartlets work out to 3pp/approx.140kcal each but of course, they are also Filling&Healthy and SimpleStart friendly!


YOU WILL NEED : (Makes 8 small tartlets at 3pp each or 4 larger ones at 5pp each)

For the 'pastry';

240g (drained weight) can chickpeas
2 Warburtons brown sandwich thins
(or equivalent calorie reduced brown bread)
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons dried herbs such as sage and thyme
 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
 (black pepper and ground dried garlic mix)

For the filling;

4 baby leeks
4 spears baby asparagus
a dash of low salt soy sauce
2 egg yolks
(remaining from the 'pastry')
2 medium eggs
30g Total Greek yoghurt
(either the 0% or 2% variety)
fresh chives
black pepper


Drain the chickpeas then rinse thoroughly under cold running water to remove the gluggy residue.

Blot dry really well using kitchen paper. You need the chickpeas to be as dry as possible before blitzing.

Blitz the drained chickpeas as finely as possible in a food processor until a very dry, paste-like consistency.
Tip into a mixing bowl.

Tear the Warburtons sandwich thins then blitz into fine breadcrumbs. It's really important to do the breadcrumbs separately, otherwise they will absorb any liquid from the chickpeas and turns it into a glue-like paste. 
(Trust me, I tried it!)

Tip the breadcrumbs into the mixing bowl with the chickpeas. Mix together thoroughly. Season quite heavily using plenty of dried herbs and black pepper. This reduces the prominent taste of the chickpeas and gives the 'pastry' a great flavour. Experiment by trying garlic, chilli, fresh herbs etc in your own version.

Add the egg whites to bind the dry ingredients together.

Mix together really well, you can even use your hands as if making regular pastry. It will feel slightly sticky, so cover and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
This helps the breadcrumbs to absorb the egg white slightly and will help to dry out the mixture. It feels surprisingly like a pliable pastry/dough.

While the 'pastry' is chilling, make the filling for the tartlets.
Fry the sliced leeks in a little Frylight oil and a dash of soy sauce until soft, then add the sliced baby asparagus. Season to your personal taste.
Allow to cool down.

Mix the egg yolks, 2 whole eggs and the yoghurt together. Whisk well with a little hand whisk to ensure no lumps.

Add chopped chives, black pepper and whisk again.
Leave on one side.

Spray a Yorkshire pudding tray with Frylight oil then divide the 'pastry' mixture into 8.
Using your fingers, gently press the mixture into the indents and up the sides to form a lovely thin, even tartlet shape.

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas6 until crisp and golden. Allow to cool slightly, then gently loosen the cooked shell out of the tin using a knife or spatula to release it. Keep it in the tin-this just ensures it won't stick after the final baking.
(Larger ones will require a longer cooking time).

Distribute the cooked vegetables between all the tartlets.

Using a measuring spoon, carefully add the egg/yoghurt mixture to each tartlet to cover the vegetables. Go as near to the top of the tartlet as you can.

Very carefully, place the filled shells back into the oven and bake for a further 10-15 minutes until the egg has set. 

The 'pastry' should be lovely and golden and the centre firm, baked and glossy.

Serve warm or cooled with lashings of salad.





Play around with different fillings-smoked haddock, smoked salmon, chicken, ham, mushroom, tomato, onion-the world is your oyster! Just remember to add propoints if your ingredients aren't on the Filling & Healthy list.




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Anonymous 7 August 2014 at 14:52

such a cute tartlets :) healthy meal

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