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Xmas tart

Ciao, welcome back to my blog!

Today I am sharing with you a Xmassy tart that I made to use up one of the lovely cheeses we received as part of a marvellous hamper from work as we couldn't celebrate together and we didn't get any Xmas party this year.

The cheese I decided to use here comes from Italy and it has a strong kick because it is made with a mix of cow, goat and sheep's milk with the addition of pears to add a sweet twist, which makes it very special and therefore suitable for the festive season.

It could be either a great starter or an excellent side for your roast and it is ideal for vegetarians! The contrast between the sweetness of the squash paired with the melted cheese, the delicacy of the pears and the spiciness of the chili flakes that enhance the combination is truly unique and it is definitely worth trying.

The method is super easy and it is ready in 30 minutes from start to finish, which give you time to prepare other dishes while it cooks in the oven.

Ingredients for 2:

1 shortcrust sheet

Half butternut squash, peeled and cut into rather thick slices

1 red onion cut into thick slices

4 slices of Perry "La Bottera" cheese

1 Rosemary stick

1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

1 ripe abate pear


Drizzle some a tbs of extra virgin olive oil in pan set on high heat and when it is warm, place the butternut squash and the red onion. Season with rosemary, half teaspoon of chilli flakes, salt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Let it cook for 5 minutes and then add half glass of water, cover with a lid and let it go until the squash is softer (around 5-6 min).

In the meantime, preheat the oven at 200 degrees.

Slice the cheese and the pear, roll the pastry on a oven tray and fold the edges to obtain a border.

When the butternut squash is ready, place it on the pasty sheet with the onions and top with the pears and the cheese.

Sprinkle with extra salt and chilli flakes to contrast the sweetness of the ingredients.

Let it cook on the middle shelves in the oven for 20 minutes (or until the pastry turn golden and crispy) and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy warm with a glass of extra dry prosecco!

Thank you for reading my post today, I hope you found a yummy inspo for the imminent holiday meals!

I wish you a merry Xmas with your friends & family for those lucky enough to be able to see them in this period.

For everyone that, like us, this year is forced by the current situation to stay away from relatives, please remember to focus and appreciate the simple pleasures and all good things we already have, being grateful for what we can enjoy rather than complaining for what we cannot do at the moment.

I am sure that better days are just round the corner for us all.

In the mean time, stay safe, have fun cooking at home and eat a lot of nice meals!