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Tomato Tart

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This elegant tomato tart is the perfect summer appetizer. With frozen puff pastry, heirloom tomatoes, goat cheese and herbs, it’s easy to make in 30 minutes. For individual servings, assemble puff pastry tomato tartlets.

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One heirloom tomato tart on a plate with 2 forks.

🍅 Why this recipe works

This tomato tart recipe is very versatile. You can vary the ingredients, or make tomato tarts in different shapes and sizes.

  • Puff Pastry Tomato Tartlets: Instead of one large rectangular tart, you can cut the pastry dough into smaller rectangles for single servings. If you’d like to mix things up, use a biscuit cutter and make round tomato tartlets. Or cut the pastry dough into triangles.
  • Favorite Cheeses: For this recipe we chose goat cheese for it’s earthy, buttery flavor with a hint of tart that’s so delicious. But other soft cheeses also pair well with tomatoes: brie, feta, or sliced mozzarella.
  • Farmer’s Market Tomatoes: We used multi-color heirloom tomatoes (red, yellow and green) plus cherry tomatoes. But feel free to use whatever tomatoes you have in the garden, or the type you find at the market. We realize that some varieties are not available year round.
  • Fresh Herbs: For this tomato puff pastry we love the flavors of fresh thyme and basil. But other herbs also pair well with tomatoes and soft cheese. Try fresh dill, thyme, Italian parsley or oregano.
  • Saucy Option: Before topping the puff pastry dough with cheese and tomatoes, try spreading a thin layer of homemade pesto over the surface. It’ll give this summer appetizer a delicious savory taste.
  • More Toppings for Tomato Tarts: If you’d like, add a few pimento-stuffed Spanish olives or Greek Kalamata olives (sliced without the pits) over the tomatoes. Or sprinkle a few pine nuts over the top. They have a soft crunchy texture with a nutty flavor and a touch of sweetness.
Four puff pastry tomato tarts on a metal serving tray next to sliced heirloom tomatoes.

🛒 INGREDIENTS

  • Puff Pastry: Puff pastry is the base for our tomato tart. When baked, it becomes crisp, golden and flaky. It also holds up well under juicy tomatoes. Thaw the pastry dough before using. But don’t allow it to come to room temperature. We need it thawed but still very cold.
  • Tomatoes: I love using a mix of multi-color heirloom tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Using different colors is an easy way to add visual interest to these simple yet elegant appetizers. But you can select other types of tomatoes, just make sure the variety is not too juicy. Slice the tomatoes no thicker than 1/8 inch.
  • Goat Cheese: This cheese is soft, creamy and tangy. And it holds up well when baked. Before using, crumble it between your fingers. If it’s wet and sticky, use a piece of waxed paper to pinch off pieces. Or stick the cheese into the freezer for 5 minutes then crumble it with a fork.
  • Fresh Thyme: This fresh herb pairs well with goat cheese and tomatoes. Mince it well before using. If you don’t have fresh thyme on hand, use dried thyme instead.
  • Olive Oil: This helps the tomatoes become slightly crisp in the oven.
  • Large Egg: This ingredient helps brown the puff pastry.
  • Flaky Sea Salt: This delicious seasoning is the perfect garnish. It enhances the flavor of tomatoes while also adding texture.
  • Fresh Basil: This garnish adds beautiful color and freshness to the tomato tart. Hand tear larger leaves into small pieces.
  • Optional Garnish: When it comes out of the oven, drizzle a balsamic glaze over the tomato goat cheese tart for a sweet and tangy finish. You can pick up a bottle at Trader Joe’s or at any major supermarket.
Ingredients for easy tomato tart recipe.

📖 RECIPE STEPS

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mats.

  • STEP 1: Unfold the puff pastry sheet on a lightly-floured surface. If assembling one single tomato tart (to be cut into pieces later), place the sheet on a lined baking tray. For individual tomato tartlets, cut the sheet along the folds to form 3 long rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half to form 6 (approximately 3″x4″) rectangles. Arrange the pieces on the prepared baking sheets.
  • STEP 2: Sprinkle crumbled goat cheese in the middle of each puff pastry, leaving a plain border around the edges.
  • STEP 3: Layer slices of tomato directly over the cheese. For individual tomato tartlets use 3 to 4 slices (large and small pieces), enough to cover the center of the tart while leaving a 1/4″ border. Sprinkle fresh thyme over the tomatoes. Drizzle center of the tart(s) with olive oil.
  • STEP 4: Brush the edges of the tart(s) with egg wash (one egg beaten with a splash of water). Fold the edges inward toward the tomatoes. This will help prevent the tomatoes from moving and possibly sliding off the sides of the tart during baking.
How to make a puff pastry tomato tart (or tartlets) in 4 easy steps.
  • STEP 5: Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until tarts are crisp and golden blonde. If desired, drizzle balsamic glaze over the top. Garnish with more fresh thyme, fresh basil, and flaky salt. For best results, serve the tomato tart(s) warm or at room temperature shortly after baking.
Baking tray with 6 puff pastry tomato tartlets with goat cheese and herbs.

👩🏻‍🍳 RECIPE FAQ & EXPERT TIPS

These are the most commonly-asked questions when making the BEST puff pastry tomato tart, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

What are goat cheese tomato tarts?

They’re tarts assembled on puff pastry dough for a crisp baked shell layered with juicy tomatoes and tangy goat cheese. Fresh thyme, basil and a pinch of flaky sea salt take these tomato tartlets to the next level! Enjoy as an appetizer, snack or with a side salad for lunch.

How to make homemade puff pastry dough?

It’s simple to make in 15 minutes with 3 just ingredients. Use this easy puff pastry dough recipe. It’s not only delicious, but during these times of inflation, it’s a real money saver compared to store-bought.

How to make a goat cheese tomato tart a vegan recipe?

Use a vegan puff pastry dough. The last time I checked, Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets appear to be vegan (no milk, eggs or butter). But check the ingredient label for yourself to decide. Eliminate the goat cheese in this recipe, or use a dairy-free cheese alternative like Kite Hill.

How to store puff pastry tomato tart?

Place the tart in the middle of a wide piece of parchment paper. Lift up the edges of the paper. Fold and tuck to create a pouch. Refrigerate the tart. Because the tomatoes will start releasing juices which can make the puff pastry soggy, it’s not recommended to store a tomato tart for more than 1 or 2 days.

How to reheat a tomato tart?

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the tomato tart on a lined baking sheet. Heat for 5 to 6 minutes, or until warmed through.

Puff pastry tomato tartlets on a serving table with fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes.

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Tomato tart on a plate with forks next to slices of multi-color heirloom tomatoes.

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One heirloom tomato tart on a plate with 2 forks.

Tomato Tart


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Large Tart or 6 Tartlets 1x

Description

This tomato tart is beautiful and tasty. Assembled on a light and flaky puff pastry crust, it features goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs. If desired, make individual puff pastry tomato tartlets.


Ingredients

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  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed but still very cold
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced heirloom tomatoes and cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten with a splash of water
  • Optional Garnishes: balsamic glaze, flaky sea salt, fresh basil

Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Adjust oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mats.

  1. Unfold the puff pastry sheet on a lightly-floured surface. If assembling one single tomato tart (to be cut into pieces later), place the sheet on a lined baking tray. For individual tomato tartlets, cut the sheet along the folds to form 3 long rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half to form 6 (approximately 3″x4″) rectangles. Arrange the pieces on the prepared baking sheets.
  2. Sprinkle crumbled goat cheese in the middle of each puff pastry, leaving a plain border around the edges. Layer slices of tomato directly over the cheese. For individual tomato tartlets use 3 to 4 slices (large and small pieces), enough to cover the center of the tart while leaving a 1/4″ border. Sprinkle fresh thyme over the tomatoes. Drizzle center of the tart(s) with olive oil.
  3. Brush the edges of the tart(s) with egg wash. Fold the edges inward toward the tomatoes. This will help prevent the tomatoes from sliding around during baking.
  4. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until tarts are crisp and golden blonde. If desired, drizzle balsamic glaze over the top. Garnish with more fresh thyme, fresh basil, and flaky salt. For best results, serve the tomato tart(s) warm or at room temperature shortly after baking.

Notes

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS: Place the tart in the middle of a wide piece of parchment paper. Lift up the edges of the paper. Fold and tuck to create a pouch. Refrigerate the tart. Because the tomatoes will start releasing juices which can make the puff pastry soggy, it’s not recommended to store the tart for more than 1 or 2 days.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American, French

Keywords: Tomato Tart, Tomato Tart Recipe, Tomato Tart Puff Pastry, Puff Pastry Tomato Tart, Puff Pastry Tomato Tartlets

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