This red cabbage and sprout tart brings together Christmas foods in an unusual way! I’ve taken Christmas dinner side dishes and made them the star of the show in this vibrant puff pastry tart.
I love having guests to stay at Christmastime. The drinks flow, the bad Christmas music is blaring… Last night we had some dear friends come to stay. After we put the kids to bed, the six of us got some (too many) cocktails on the go. We played our best guilty pleasure songs and danced around the living room in front of a roaring fire.
Soon our merry band of revellers decamped to the cellar (my husband’s drum room) so as to not wake the little ones. We played Christmas songs and sang along for hours. That’s what I love about Christmas: togetherness and joy.
Red Cabbage and Sprout Tart
Today the festivities continued. We won’t be seeing them again until the New Year, so I wanted to make them a Christmassy lunch that wasn’t a Christmas lunch – if you get what I mean. A full roast dinner this close to Christmas might spoil the big day, plus I was far too hungover to bother!
Instead, I made an unconventional deconstructed Christmas dinner tart. I’ve brought together my favourite festive trimmings and baked them into a rich puff pastry tart. The braised red cabbage with apples provides a very flavourful and vibrant base, then I’ve topped it with sprouts, beans and a bit of parmesan cheese. I’ve slathered the lot in sage butter for an extra hit of festive flavour.
It can be hard to cater for different diets when people visit. I’m vegetarian and one of the guests is as well, so everyone happily ate veggie with us!
- 375g puff pastry, thawed if frozen
- 300g braised red cabbage with apple (I used Iceland's but you could make your own
- 150g brussels sprouts
- 150g green beans
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
- milk, for brushing the pastry
- 2 tbsp grated vegetarian parmesan
- Heat the oven to 200C.
- Roll out the pastry and place it onto a baking sheet. Fold the edges over to form a frame.
- Prick the base of the pastry with a fork well, (to stop the middle rising while it cooks), then cook for 15 minutes.
- While the pastry is cooking, heat the braised red cabbage and steam the sprouts and green beans separately until cooked through.
- Melt the butter in a pan with the sage.
- Remove the part-cooked pastry from the oven and brush the edges of the pastry with the milk. Spread the pastry with the red cabbage, then top with the sprouts and green beans in rows. Pour the sage butter over the vegetables and sprinkle them with the parmesan.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are golden.
This red cabbage and sprout tart is a great meal and you can also make it using up post-Christmas leftovers. Save your braised red cabbage and roasted veggies for a boxing day tart.
The Power of Frozen
I was pretty hungover after our Christmas party and needed to make lunch that was quick and had minimal fuss. I was able to make this sprout tart easily because I had some handy Christmas foods from Iceland Foods in the freezer. It’s an unconventional Christmas dinner that shows the #PowerofFrozen.
I’ve worked with Iceland Foods a few times this year, and it’s been great to discover all the fab products in my local shop. If I’m honest, I hadn’t shopped there much before working with them, though now I’m a complete Iceland convert. Their food is tasty, high-quality and really convenient. They have lots of healthy veggie options like frozen kale, smoothie packs and vegetables. I always keep a bag of their frozen quinoa with beans in my freezer. I stir fry it with some teriyaki sauce for a healthy 3-minute dinner.
Their Christmas range has some great products. I served this red cabbage and sprout tart with a few of Iceland’s festive trimmings range. We all loved the vegan stuffing balls, which come in cranberry chestnut and apricot pecan flavours. I simply popped them into the oven and they came out delicious. They have a lovely flavour and texture. We also tried the lovely grilled sprout mash, plus and the adorable carrot baubles. They’re tiny round carrots dressed with orange slices and herb butter. To keep the festive spirit, I got some pulling crackers and prosecco at Iceland.
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