Simple Cheese, Thyme & Beetroot Tarts

These tarts are very easy to make and make the perfect accompaniment to your picnic or summer evening feast

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Preparation time

10 min

Cook time

20 min

Total time



  • mains
  • lunches




  • 2 sheets vegan puff pastry (eg Jus-Rol)
  • 2 medium red onions, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 300g/11 oz pre-cooked beetroot (not in vinegar)
  • 200g/7 oz melting vegan cheese (we used MozzaRisella)
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme, stalks removed
  • Unsweetened soya milk for glaze
  • Optional: handful vegan ‘feta’, crumbled (we used Violife Greek White Block)


(if short of time use a ready-made balsamic glaze)

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp syrup (eg maple or agave) or brown sugar
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme leaves, stalks removed
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Line a baking tray with parchment.
  2. Lightly fry the onion until soft. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute.
  3. With a sharp knife, slice each pastry sheet into 2, to make 4 tarts. Place these on the baking try. Alternatively use 1 large or 4 small round tart tins, as in picture.
  4. Pinch along the edges of each pastry piece to form a rough crust.
  5. Distribute the onion/garlic mixture evenly between the pastry slices.
  6. Slice the beets about 1cm thick into rounds. Distribute them equally also.
  7. Drizzle half the vinaigrette over the tarts (if using balsamic glaze then add at the end) then sprinkle the melting cheese over everything. Sprinkle the thyme over the tarts and glaze the edges with plant milk.
  8. Bake the tarts in the hot oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and drizzle over the rest of the vinaigrette. Sprinkle over the ‘feta’ and some black pepper.

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