Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Quick Caprese Tart

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This is as easy as a meal can get. Store bought puff pastry, tomatoes and mozzarella. A few sprinkles of parmesan cheese on the bottom and a few more of basil on top. That's it, dinner is served. Most (or all) of these ingredients are staples in my house, and quite frankly, one cannot go wrong with this classic combination of flavours.  This tart can be made year around, but is specially good during the summer months when tomatoes are at their pick.

The recipe bellow is for one tart, using half a package of puff pastry. This is a super easy tart to make and it's best eaten straight after it's baked. It can be served as a side dish for a chicken dinner, or paired with some grilled vegetables for a vegetarian main meal.


 caprese tart 3

Quick Caprese Tart Recipe:

serves 4 as a side or 2 as a main dish

You will need:

1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed (half a package)

1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

1 large beefsteak tomato (If using smaller tomatoes such as on-the-vine or roma, you might need more than one)

8 oz of fresh mozzarella

a handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped

flour for dusting


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Dust a flat surface with flour and roll the puff pastry with a rolling pin until it is about 9x10 inches.

Using a knife, trace a line around the pastry making a board of about 1/2 inch. Place the puff pastry on a baking sheet and pierce the bottom several times with a fork. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until just lightly golden.

While the pastry is baking, slice the mozzarella and dry well with a paper towel. Slice the tomato in a way that will better fit the pastry. In the picture, I used one large beefsteak tomato cut in half and the sliced.

Sprinkle the partially baked pastry with the parmesan cheese and cover with alternating pieces of tomato and mozzarella. Return it to the oven for 10-15 more minutes, until the cheese starts to melt and the pastry is golden brown. Top tart with basil and serve immediately.

Enjoy it!


caprese tart 2


Anonymous said...

That's a great idea for a simple, quick tart! Thanks, I hope to make this one soon!
Peace, Stephanie

lauralop said...

yum! great idea.

Deseree said...

Deicious Rita! This is one of my favorite flavor combinations too, you really can't go wrong.

pam said...

Caprese salad is my favorite. Putting it on puff pastry - genius!

Jacqueline said...

That looks tasty! I make a similar tart using cherry tomatoes, dry fried with some balsamic vingear. I spread the pastry with pesto first. The addition of mozzarella would be wonderful :)

veggie belly said...

this looks so yummy! puff pastry can transform anything into decadent goodness :)

Zoe said...

This is such a simple and delicious meal. I love those puff pastry sheets! They are so easy and versatile.

oneordinaryday said...

This is absolutely lovely. I wish I'd seen it earlier (before I went grocery shopping).... Phyllo wasn't on my list! Darn, I'll have to remember for next time.

Marta said...

What an excellent idea! I love caprese salad, so why not put it in a flakey tart.
Looks delicious, perfect for summer!

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