Tomato Tarts Puff Pastry Appetizer - individual circles of buttery puff pastry topped with grated mozzarella cheese and a garden-fresh tomato. These are just as easy to make as my Puff Pastry Cookies. Let me show you how to make one of the easiest and delicious puff pastry appetizers ever.
Aren't these tomato tarts puff pastry appetizers the cutest? They were super easy to put together as well. In fact it only took me 20 minutes to assemble and get them in the oven. It only took me that long because I had to take photos!
Puff Pastry Finger Food
These tomato tarts puff pastry appetizer will look great on the buffet table with other finger food style appetizers, however, they also work great for lunch when served with a salad or soup.
Feel free to swap out the mozzarella cheese for another favorite cheese if you prefer. I think a spicy pepperjack cheese would work great. You could also drizzle balsamic glaze on top of these right before serving.
Puff Pastry Appetizers
Creating puff pastry appetizers is easy when you can use frozen puff pastry dough already made for you. It's easy to find in your grocery's freezer. So when it's on sale, I try to grab a few boxes because it also stores well in the freezer at home.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
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- Parchment Baking Sheets
- Biscuit cutter
- Rolling pin - not all are created the same! I find this one without handles to work best for me. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- One sheet of puff pastry - I highly recommend using BOTH sheets.
- 3 plum tomatoes
- Fresh herbs - parsley and basil
- Mozzarella cheese
Remove the sheet of puff pastry, still in the wrapper, from the freezer and place in the refrigerator to defrost the night before you plan on serving this recipe.
On a lightly floured surface or piece of parchment paper, unfold the sheet of puff pastry. Using a rolling pin, gently press out the creases in the puff pastry.
Using a round biscuit cutter, cut out 12 to 15 circles. You can see from the photo below that I used 3 different sized biscuit cutters.
Place the circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick each circle with a fork. This will help let steam escape while they're baking and not puff up too much.
Place about a teaspoon of mozzarella cheese in the center of each pastry circle.
Add a thinly sliced tomato on top of the cheese. Sprinkle each round with ground pepper and the freshly chopped herbs.
Tomato tarts puff pastry appetizer ready for the oven!
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Tried this tomato tarts puff pastry appetizer recipe? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to rate it!
Frequently asked recipe questions
Puff pastry is sold frozen, so you need to first defrost it before using it. Place the puff pastry in the refrigerator the night before you plan to bake with it. This allows the pastry to become pliable without softening up the butter in the pastry too much.
Some people may think this is a silly question, but I do receive emails asking me where to find puff pastry in the grocery store. In my local grocery store, puff pastry is located in the freezer section next to the frozen whipped topping and frozen desserts.
Lightly dust the sheet of puff pastry with flour and then using gentle pressure with a rolling pin, press the seams out that occurred when the puff pastry was folded to fit in the box.
Ready for more great appetizer recipes?
- Puff Pastry Christmas Tree Appetizer - made with pesto. This is the perfect appetizer for the holidays!
- Asparagus and Cheese Tart - another great puff pastry appetizer.
- Brie Filled Phyllo Cups
- Mini Spinach and Bacon Quiche - another individual sized appetizer.
- 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese; shredded
- 3 plum tomatoes thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
- Fresh ground pepper
- Remove the sheet of puff pastry, still in the wrapper, from the freezer and place in the refrigerator to defrost the night before you plan on serving this recipe.
- On a lightly floured surface or piece of parchment paper, unfold the sheet of puff pastry. Using a rolling pin, gently press out the creases in the puff pastry.
- Using a round biscuit cutter, cut out 12 to 15 circles.
- Place the circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Prick each circle with a fork. This will help let steam escape while they're baking and not puff up too much.
- Place about a teaspoon of mozzarella cheese in the center of each pastry circle.
- Add a thinly sliced tomato on top of the cheese.
- Sprinkle each round with ground pepper and the freshly chopped herbs.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Serve immediately or at room temperature.
- I used three different sized round biscuit cutters for this recipe.
- Depending on the sizes you use, this recipe should yield between 12 to 15 tomato tarts.
- Feel free to drizzle balsamic glaze on top of the tarts before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 24Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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