Cherry Tomato Tarts

One of my favorite go-to dishes for expected guests is a pretty no fuss puff pastry tart.  The toppings are based on whatever fresh produce I have on hand.  I buy puff pastry sheets from the grocery store when ever I see them on sale.  This version has sweet cherry tomatoes paired with a tart & creamy goat cheese spread.


 

One crucial thing I learned from my mother was to always keep certain food items on hand just in case you have unexpected guests.  My grandmother’s daily cooking schedule always revolves around the idea that there will be people passing by.

Well, living in LA I don’t get as many unexpected visitors as my grandmother does in Kenya, but every so often it happens.

RECIPE OVERVIEW


 

Have puff pastry all ready defrosted.

Clean your tomatoes & pat dry. The tinier the tomato the better. If they’re too big, cut them in half.

Cherry Tomato Tarts

 

Lay tomatoes on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper.

Cherry Tomato Tarts

Roast in the oven until they start to burst and wrinkle. This should take 20-25 minutes.

Cherry Tomato Tarts

On a fresh baking sheet lined with parchment paper, arrange the puff pastry that has been cut into thirds. Drizzle with olive oil. Spread the oil evenly and arrange a few pieces of thinly sliced garlic cloves.

Bake according to the directions on your pastry package.  Mine took 15-17 minutes to puff and be golden brown.

Cherry Tomato Tarts


In a bowl combine goat cheese, yogurt, lemon juice & fresh thyme leaves.

Divide the goat cheese over each piece of pastry & top with the tomatoes.

Cherry-Tomato-Tart

Slice into 1 1/2″ wide rectangles & serve.

Sliced-Cherry-Tomato-Tart

Bon Appétit

 

Cherry Tomato Tarts
Recipe TypeStarters
Author: U. Kiano Moju
Ingredients
  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, washed & pat dry
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 2 TBSP plain yogurt
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400
  2. Lay tomatoes on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper.
  3. Roast in the oven until they start to burst and wrinkle. This should take 20-25 minutes.
  4. On a fresh baking sheet lined with parchment paper, arrange the puff pastry that has been cut into thirds. Drizzle with olive oil. Spread the oil evenly and arrange garlic cloves.
  5. Bake according to the directions on your pastry package. Appropriately 15-20 minutes to puff and be a light golden brown.
  6. In a bowl combine goat cheese, yogurt, lemon juice & fresh thyme leaves.
  7. Divide the goat cheese mixture, and gently spread over each piece of pastry. Top with the tomatoes.
  8. Slice into 1 1/2″ wide rectangles & serve.

 

 

Kiano Moju

Founder

Founder of Culinary Inspo. Kiano is a California raised foodie with a big travel bug and even bigger appetite to explore the world's food and cultures.

5 Comments
  1. I always have a puff pastry around too, they are pretty dang easy to be fancy! this sounds incredible – so much flavor and is pretty too!

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