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Chavroux Goats Cheese Tart

When it comes to impressive food creations, Perthshire based Theodore Chana - who many of you will remember from the 2016 Masterchef:The Professionals series - is easily one of Scotland's best.  

When you team up those notable credentials with the endless talents of our resident food stylist and photographer, Gill Murray, you're set for a super impressive lunch idea. 

This gorgeous, creamy tart is actually a crispy crouton, topped with France's ubiquitous Chavroux Goats Cheese. Serve as a super-posh snack or an impressive starter at a dinner party. 

Theodore’s Top Tip is to blowtorch your goats cheese before placing in the oven - this adds a wonderful caramelization and charred flavour to the dish, that really is hard to beat!

Preparation Time:
40 minutes
Cooking Time:
15 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 100 grams Goose fat
  • 2 slices White bread
  • 1 Butternut squash
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Celery seeds
  • 500 ml Cider vinegar
  • 185 g Golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp Mustard powder
  • 1 Star anise
  • 60 g Caster sugar
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 2 pinches Ground white pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 150 ml Port
  • 500 g Red onions
  • 500 ml Red Wine
  • 100 g Salted butter
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • 50 ml White wine or sherry vinegar
  • Cucumber
  • Pink lady apples
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Roasted pistachios
  • Red grapes
  • Rocket

    The red onion chutney can be made in advance to save time for creating 
    your Chavroux goats cheese tart.

    1. Peel and slice the red onions finely. Melt the butter and the olive oil 
    in a pan. Put the pan on a high heat.
    2. Place sliced red onions in a thick based pot and keep on stirring making sure that the onions do not catch the bottom of the pan. Add the rest of the melted butter and oil along with a garlic clove, port, red wine, and white wine or sherry vinegar, continue stirring.
    3. Cook for an hour until the chutney is reduced and soft. Leave to cool and then place in a fridge for later.
    Make the Croutons

    1. Cut the crusts off two slices of white bread and try to keep as much of 
    the bread as possible. use a rolling pin to roll flat, then cut into rectangles, approximately two inches by four.
    2. Melt the goose fat gently in a pan, coat the croutons and then cook in the oven at 175 degrees for approximately eight minutes until golden brown.
    Prep Your Veg!

    1. Peel and dice your butternut squash into centimetre cubes, place to the 
    side ready to be pickled.
    2. Place the cardamom, celery seeds, cider vinegar, caster sugar, ground turmeric, mustard powder and star anise in a pan and gently simmer for two minutes.
    3. Place your butternut squash in this pickling liquid for six minutes until soft. take your butternut squash out of the pot and set aside ready for your dish.

    Chavroux goats cheese tart plate up: Here is the fun part!

    Have your four plates ready for your guests or family and gather all 
    your creations together.
    1. First, blowtorch your goats’ cheese and place in the oven at 175 degrees for three minutes. If you do not have a blowtorch, place in oven for four minutes.
    2. Whilst your goats’ cheese is cooking, cover your crouton with onion jam ready to put the goat’s cheese on top. Pop some chopped grapes, diced apple, pickled butternut squash, shaved cucumber and a wee handful of rocket on your plate.
    3. The plate is your canvas, you can be creative and design your own dish! Once the goats’ cheese is out the oven, carefully lift on top of the crouton 
    using a spatula.
    4. Place your Chavroux goats cheese tart with all your garnish, drizzle some golden rapeseed oil across your canvas and serve!

    Why Choose Goats Cheese Over Cow's Cheese?

    Goats cheese is one of those wonderful ingredients that has gained momentum over recent years, as our curiousity for global foodstuffs has grown. Made popular in France - of course - this creamy, distinctly flavoured cheese is now enjoyed around the world.

    Although made popular by the supermarket bought mini-logs, goats cheese actually comes in a wide variety of flavors and textures; from soft and spreadable fresh cheese to salty, crumbly aged cheese, and even venied blues, you will find there is a huge choice out there when you start to look. 

    One of the main reasons for its increase in popularity in recent years, is that goats milk is easier to digest as it contains less lactose - that's the naturally occurring milk sugar - than cows milk. It also has lower levels of the protein Alpha s1 Casein - about 89% less in goats milk - which means many people with dairy sensitivities can consume goats milk as an alternative to cows milk.

    It’s a great source of calcium, selenium, magnesium and vitamin B3, as well as delivering 6 grams of filling protein in every 28 gram serving.

    Buying Goats Cheese in Perthshire

    You can pick up goats cheese in any supermarket but if you're after the Chavroux brand that Theordore chooses, then do check out some of our favourite Perthshire indies.  

    You'll also be able to pick up the other ingredients such as rapeseed oil, spices, vinegars and goose fat while you're there.