A round puff pastry tart topped with purple beetroots and green pesto

Beetroot tarte tatin

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Celebrate the earthy purple veg in this vegan Christmas centrepiece — we've used beetroot tops to create a zingy salsa verde to drizzle over the puff pastry tart


Make this impressive vegan beetroot tarte tatin, then check out our vegan nut roast, cauliflower wellington, vegan butternut squash pie and more vegan Christmas dinner recipes.



  • ready-made puff pastry 500g block
  • beetroots 500g, peeled and cut into wedges
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • soft light brown sugar 75g
  • cider vinegar 75ml
  • cumin seeds 2 tsp
  • Marmite 1 tsp
  • plant milk (such as soy or oat milk) 2 tsp


  • beetroot tops or flat-leaf parsley 100g
  • garlic 1 clove
  • red wine vinegar 3 tbsp
  • capers 1 tbsp
  • Dijon mustard 2 tsp
  • extra-virgin olive oil 50ml


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roll the block of pastry out to the thickness of a £1 coin and cut to a circle roughly the size of a 28cm ovenproof non-stick frying pan. Chill.

  • Step 2

    Tip the beetroot wedges into the frying pan, season well and drizzle with the oil. Cover tightly with foil and roast for 20 minutes. Tip in the sugar, vinegar and cumin seeds, toss well, and roast for another 25 minutes, uncovered, until the beets are tender and sauce reduced slightly. Arrange the beetroot wedges in a nice pattern and cool slightly.

  • Step 3

    Remove the pastry from the fridge and lay over the frying pan, tucking it in around the edges. Use a small knife to poke holes all over the pastry to help release any steam.

  • Step 4

    Mix together the Marmite and plant milk, and brush all over the pastry. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until deeply golden and burnished. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then carefully use a plate to flip the tart out of the pan.

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, make the salsa verde. Tip the beetroot tops, garlic and vinegar into a high-powered blender and whizz until smooth. Add the capers, mustard, oil and plenty of seasoning, and briefly whizz again.

  • Step 6

    Cut the tarte tatin into wedges and serve with the salsa verde for spooning over.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 799
  • Fat 51.6g
  • Saturates 18.3g
  • Carbs 68.8g
  • Sugars 28.8g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 11.3g
  • Salt 2g