I struggle sometimes with inspiration on what to have for lunch, especially when I have to take a packed lunch to work. We have a cafe onsite at work, and it’s too easy to order food when I don’t have anything in, or I can’t find anything I like in the cupboards.
Last night I spied a wedge of brie that I bought just before Christmas. I didn’t want to waste it so I dug around in the freezer and found some puff pastry and decided to create a Bacon And Brie Tart for my lunch at work today.
I portioned off some puff pastry by slicing it length ways around two inches thick. It’s a good idea to lightly dust your working surface with flour as the pastry can be quite sticky when rolled.
I rolled mine to around half an inch thick, but it depends on how much you want the pastry to rise as to how thin you roll it at this point. I wanted mine to be fairly flat.
I then pinched the edges slightly to prevent any topping from spilling over the sides during cooking.
Next I needed to add some topping. I didn’t want to put tomato puree down as a base as I wasn’t sure of how the brie would react to it, so instead I hunted in the cupboard and found some chilli and garlic sauce, so used that instead.
Next I layered some chopped up bacon and placed sliced brie on the top.
I cooked it in the over for fifteen minutes at approx 180 degrees. The cheese melted nicely but didn’t spill at all. Leaving them to cool for a while, I then wrapped up ready for lunch today.
It was really nice for a change instead of a sandwich, so I’ll definitely be making something similar again. It will work with a variety of ingredients that I may find in the fridge.