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Musselburgh Tarts

serves 6 as part of party nibble platter or 2 as a snack
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: seafood
Author: Karon Grieve


  • 1 tbsp rapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 small leek cleaned and sliced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 10 fresh mussels in shells
  • 1 large egg
  • 150 ml/5fl oz single cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 yellow pepper halved & deseeded
  • Pastry
  • 150 g/5 oz plain/allpurpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 60 g/2 1/2 floz chilled diced butter
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Make the pastry by rubbing the chilled butter into the dry ingredients to form a breadcrumb like mixture.
  • Add enough water to form a dough and wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  • Grill the pepper until skin blisters, pop into a plastic bag till cool and remove the skin. Cut the flesh into thin strips and set aside.
  • Scrub mussels and remove beards.
  • Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5 and lightly grease tart tins
  • Roll out the pastry to 2-3mm thick and using a fluter cutter create circles to fit the tart tins, about 5cm in size. Pop them into the tins and prick all over with a fork. Fill with baking beans and bake blind for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and take out the beans. Put them back into the oven for a further 4 minutes or until the tart shells are lightly golden.
  • Reduce the oven temperature now to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • Heat the oil in a pan and cook the leek for about 10 minutes until soft and begining to brown.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large pan bring 2.5cm/1" of water to a boil and add 2 tsp of salt, now toss in the mussels and cover the pan. Cook on high for 4 minutes.
  • Discard any mussels that have not opened and scoop out the mussel meat from the good ones.
  • Beat the egg and cream together and add to the cooked leeks.
  • Put a spoonful of the leek mixture on to eact tart case, top with a mussel or two (depending on size) and a criss cross of the yellow pepper.
  • Beake for 15 minutes or until just firm.
  • Garnish with parsley