Ham and cheese savoury tart

Ham and cheese savoury tart: A tasty bite. Photo credit: Marele van Zyl.

Ham and cheese savoury tart – A hearty South African favourite

Piquant, loaded with flavour and simply delightful! A must-try for the family.

Ham and cheese savoury tart

Ham and cheese savoury tart: A tasty bite. Photo credit: Marele van Zyl.

Enjoy a flavour-packed South African bite by preparing this ham and cheese savoury tart. It is just what you need for a hearty, simple family meal. However, this ham and cheese savoury tart is also perfect to serve as a piquant bite with a variety of sweet treats on a snack table.

This savoury tart recipe is one of those coming down the generations and it never fails to please everyone fortunate enough to get a slice. If you decide to prepare this ham and cheese savoury tart as a meal, serve it with a green side salad for a balanced meal.

The best part is that this tart stores really well. You can keep it in the fridge for up to three or four days. However, it is doubtful if you will have any leftovers to store, because this salty bite is incredibly delicious. Let us know in the comments section of this recipe if you have tried this South African recipe.

Ham and cheese savoury tart recipe

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Marele van Zyl Course: MainCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
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  • 15 ml 15 olive oil

  • 15 ml 15 butter, and extra for greasing

  • 2 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 500 g 500 raw bacon, chopped into bite-sized pieces

  • 30 g 30 chives, finely chopped

  • 250 ml 250 grated cheddar

  • 4 large 4 eggs, whisked

  • 400 ml 400 milk

  • 90 g 90 flour, sieved


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Fry the onions in the butter and oil in a large frying pan until softened.
  • Add the bacon pieces to the onions and fry on a high heat to brown the meat and get it fully cooked. Be careful not to burn so lower the heat if necessary.
  • Remove from the heat and place it in a large mixing bowl to cool down.
  • Stir in the grated cheese and chives.
  • In another bowl, prepare the batter by mixing the eggs, milk and flour.
  • Grease a pie dish, measuring at 30 cm, with butter.
  • Spoon the bacon mixture in the pie dish and spread the contents evenly.
  • Pour the batter in and even out the filling.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is golden and the center cooked.


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