Pap and pilchard tart
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Pap and pilchard tart

Recipe By Chef Nti
Photographs By Craig Fraser


Pie crust:
3 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 cup maize meal
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp chopped parsley
¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
2 egg yolks
Pilchard filling:
2 onions, chopped
1 can (425g) pilchards in tomato sauce, drained and flaked
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
Salt and pepper
4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs
1 cup milk

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 22cm pie dish.
  2. To make the crust, bring the water to a boil, add salt, stir in the maize meal and cook over low heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes until it thickens.
  3. Remove from the heat and mix in the butter, parsley, cheese and egg.
  4. Spoon mixture into the pie dish, lining the base and sides neatly. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  5. Remove from oven and lower the temperature to 180°C.
  6. To make the filling, mix the onion, pilchards, herbs, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  7. Spread the mixture onto the warm pie crust and top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Whisk eggs and milk together and pour over the tomatoes.
  9. Bake the tart for 25–30 minutes until set.

About the Author

Nthabiseng Ramaboa has lived many lives – in business, fashion and now, food. Her credentials include, but are not limited to, partnerships with brands such as Fatti’s & Moni’s, Nespresso and Le Creuset; she is also AEG’s national ambassador and most recently Chef Nti was the South African ambassador for BBC’s Lifestyle Channel. Chef Nti became a household name when hosting The Perfect Ace – a cooking show on etv. In 2014 she began a new career in the culinary industry, starting with a year of food research in Los Angeles. This inspired real, genuine love and passion for both homecooked meals and fine-dining experiences. Chef Nti is a restauranteur, food and beverage product developer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. Fast-forward to 2019 and Chef Nti speaks to a few hundred -thousand fans online and is the proud owner of her very own restaurant, Taste Kitchen; located in Joburg’s Maboneng Precinct. Taste Kitchen hosts intimate, bespoke events showcasing Chef Nti’s take on traditional African meals.

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