Romanesco Mozzarella Tart

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Italian Romanesco, Mozzarella & Garlic Tart: Meat free recipe.

Have you come across the wonderful Romanesco cauliflowers? You can make this lovely tart with a regular cauliflower and that’s super-tasty but for something really special, try the Romanesco.

You can make your own pastry – here’s my favourite recipe – or use a ready-to-bake pastry if you’d prefer. This makes a lovely meat-free meal for two people. Serve it with a simple green salad. I’ve also cooked Romanesco this way, without the pastry case, to serve as a rather special side dish.

Romanesco is the most stunning vegetable visually -and tasty. Use it was you would broccoli or cauliflower. It’s good for you too as it contains vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber and carotenoids.

Here’s the recipe:

Romanesco Mozzarella Tart


  • 1 medium Romanesco cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 pastry case or ready-to-bake pastry
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 oz hard cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices mozzarella
  • A little wholemeal flour
  • Black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Pour the olive oil into a baking dish and place in the oven.
  3. Trim the Romanesco and break into florets.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic, the florets and sprinkle with black pepper.
  5. Shake the baking tin so the florets are coated. Cook for about twenty minutes.
  6. Line a quiche plate or tin with the pastry and bake blind for about twenty minutes or until the pastry is golden.
  7. Remove the florets from the oven and sprinkle a little flour over.
  8. Stir well without breaking up the florets.
  9. Add the milk and stir.
  10. Stir in the shredded hard cheese.
  11. Remove the cooked pastry case from the oven and spread the cauliflower mix evenly inside.
  12. Top with the mozzarella and return to the oven until the mozzarella melts.
  13. Serve with green salad and slices of lemon.


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Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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