Onion, Italian Sausage and Goats Cheese Tart


There are moments when you stare into the fridge looking at what is left at the end of a week, and you are stumped by what to cook for dinner (despite having a fridge full of ingredients). Then, there are more rare times when you are struck by moments of divine fridge pondering clarity where inspiration hits and the results are spectacular.

This is a tale of the latter.

Looking at the contents of my fridge the other night, I noticed the unopened jar of onion and thyme jam I bought in Perth over the Christmas break standing proudly next to the left over goats cheese. This brought the beginnings of a tart to mind. Despite a slightly disappointing start after realising there was no shortcrust pastry in the freezer, a quick search of the cupboard proved I did have all the fixings to make the pastry from scratch – so I got to work.

While making the pastry, I pondered the use of just the onion jam and goats cheese in my tart, and realised that I needed a third element – something salty to offset the sweet onion jam and sharp goats cheese – and I knew instantly that dried Italian sausage would be the perfect accompaniment.

I like to have a store of dried Italian sausage in the fridge, it’s a little nostalgic for me as my dad always loved a pre-dinner snack of Italian sausage and bread while I was growing up. While it is great  grilled with a squeeze of lemon juice and added to a cheeseboard, there is definitely much more versatility to be had when using it in other recipes.

I would recommend keeping some shortcrust pastry in your freezer as it would definitely have made this a quick and easy dish (feel free to try it with store bought pastry – the Australian Careme brand pastry is amazing). But, if you are in the mood to hone your pastry skills, I suggest trying this recipe as it results in flaky and flavourful savoury shortcrust pastry.

This tart was a complete success and felt extremely fancy for a midweek meal. The combination of onion, sausage and goats cheese was a wonderful and bold flavour combination and one which both Scotty and I enjoyed. I’ll absolutely be making this again, but perhaps when there are a few more friends around to enjoy it with us.

Preheat oven to 180° Celsius.

Place frypan on medium-high heat and add dried italian sausage, cooking for 3-4 minutes until golden. Remove from heat and set aside.

Take a tart case and add one tablespoon of onion and thyme marmelade to the bottom, top with 1/4 cup  Italian sausage and then season with salt and pepper. Top with 50g goats cheese and then garnish with a sprig of thyme. Repeat with remaining tart cases.

Place tart cases on a tray and then bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, place tarts under the oven grill until the goats cheese starts to brown. Remove and serve.


  1. bitemeshowme says

    Oh boy does that look absolutely incredible. I love the sound of the flavours you have used – how can you do any wrong? Such simple ingredients but you've made it look a million bucks! Loving your photography. Too beautiful.
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  2. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy says

    You have put some of my most favourite things together, all packaged up in beautiful pastry. Thank you!!

  3. themondaybox says

    This is beautiful. A true case of divine refrigerator inspiration. The crunchy, salty, creamy combination sounds wonderful!

  4. Mary @ beyondjelly says

    Great idea! Now if only my leftover ingredients spoke to me and told me what to do with them

  5. says

    All of the pictures are good but that top one is gorgeous. And this is a gorgeous looking tart! Really nice combo of flavors. I'm off to look in my fridge to see what can of inspiration I can find! 😉 Good stuff – thanks.

  6. Chompchomp says

    Love the styling in these photos! I wish I would get such inspiration when I stand in front of my fridge gawking at its content with total cluelessness what I want to eat! My limited creativity is definitely not in the kitchen lol

  7. afracooking says

    Impressive – this is the result of rummaging through you frigde?! This tart looks amazing!

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