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Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Puff Pastry Tartlets

puff pastry with goat cheese, roasted tomatoes and herbs on a wooden background

Sometimes I want to feel like I'm eating fancy, but not put in a ton of effort.  These goat cheese and roasted tomato puff pastry tartlets are SO easy and SO tasty!!!!  You get the crisp of the puff pastry, the tangy creaminess of the goat cheese, the juiciness of the tomatoes and the herbaceousness of the basil all in one delicious bite.  Take my advice and don't skimp on the goat cheese, (you can use plain or herbed... for me the more flavor, the better.)  If for some strange reason you don't like goat cheese, (yes, there are people who don't), try substituting whipped cream cheese, mascarpone or ricotta.

Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
  • Red & yellow cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced in half.  (A minimum of 12 of each color.)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Goat cheese
  • Dried thyme
  • Fresh basil, cut in to strips
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400.  
  2. Unroll your pastry dough and cut in to 24 equal squares.  (6 cuts along the longer side and 4 cuts along the shorter side.)  Score a smaller square about 1/4 inch in from the edge of each cut square and prick the smaller square a few times with a fork.
  3. Whisk together the egg and water and brush lightly over each square.
  4. Toss the tomato halves with the olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  5. Spread a good amount of goat cheese in the middle of each square of pastry, sprinkle with pepper and thyme, then top with at least one red and one yellow tomato half, cut side up.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven, top with a few strips of shredded basil and serve!
As a note, depending on the day I sometimes like to drizzle these with balsamic glaze reduction.  I used to make my own until I found one at Trader Joe's that I really love and it's easy on the wallet!

squares of raw puff pastry dough on a baking sheet

trader joes balsamic glaze on the kitchen counter

puff pastry with goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, herbs and balsamic glaze on a wooden board

puff pastry with goat cheese, roasted tomatoes and herbs on a wooden board


Looking for other quick and easy appetizers?  Try one of these!

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