Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts

by Lana Stuart on March 28, 2009 · 5 comments

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts

The final Barefoot Bloggers recipe for the month of March is Ina’s Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts and it was chosen by Anne of Anne Strawberry. And what a great choice it was! It was easy to prepare, and most importantly delicious. BeeBop and I enjoyed it for dinner alongside a big salad. I can also see how this recipe could be the basis for all sorts of variations. If I were serving this for a cocktail party, for instance, I would cut the rounds with a 2-inch biscuit cutter, use the same toppings, except substitute either diced tomato or slices from a roma/plum tomato. Even sliced large cherry tomatoes would work.  Also, you could use this basic concept for a sweet tart using berries with sweetened cream cheese or a brie and apricot preserve combination. Thanks again to Ina Garten for a great basic recipe with all sorts of possibilities.

If you want to give this one a try, then here’s what you need:

1 pkg (17.3 ounces/2 sheets) puff pastry, defrosted
Olive oil
4 cups thinly sliced onions (2 large)
3 large garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and black pepper
3 tblsp. dry white wine
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
4 tblsp. grated Parmesan, plus 2 ounces shaved
5 oz. garlic and herb goat cheese
1 large tomato, cut into 4 thick slices
3 tblsp. julienned basil leaves

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Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly to an 11×11-inch square. Using a 6-inch wide saucer or other round object as a guide, cut 2 circles from the sheet of puff pastry, discarding the scraps*. Repeat with the second pastry sheet to make 4 circles in all. Place the pastry circles on 2 sheet pans lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

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Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are limp and there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. Add ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, the wine, and thyme and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Remove from the heat.

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Using a sharp paring knife, score a ¼-inch-wide border around each pastry circle. Prick the pastry inside the score lines with the tines of a fork and sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.

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Place ¼ of the onion mixture on each circle, again staying within the scored edge.

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Crumble 1 ounce of goat cheese on top of the onions.

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Place a slice of tomato in the center of each tart. Brush the tomato lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper. Finally, scatter 4 or 5 shards of Parmesan on each tart.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. The bottom sheet pan may need an extra few minutes in the oven. Serve hot or warm.

Enjoy!

*Instead of discarding all the leftover pastry, I cut it into strips, tied the strips in bowknots, brushed them with melted butter, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and baked them along with the tarts. Nice little after dinner treat!

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts
 
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A delightful little tart made with purchased puff pastry, fresh tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh basil.
Serves: 4 tarts
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (17.3 ounces/2 sheets) puff pastry, defrosted
  • Olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions (2 large)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3 tblsp. dry white wine
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 tblsp. grated Parmesan, plus 2 ounces shaved
  • 5 oz. garlic and herb goat cheese
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 4 thick slices
  • 3 tblsp. julienned basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly to an 11×11-inch square.
  2. Using a 6-inch wide saucer or other round object as a guide, cut 2 circles from the sheet of puff pastry, discarding the scraps. Repeat with the second pastry sheet to make 4 circles in all.
  3. Place the pastry circles on 2 sheet pans lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are limp and there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. Add ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, the wine, and thyme and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Remove from the heat.
  6. Using a sharp paring knife, score a ¼-inch-wide border around each pastry circle. Prick the pastry inside the score lines with the tines of a fork and sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.
  7. Place ¼ of the onion mixture on each circle, again staying within the scored edge.
  8. Crumble 1 ounce of goat cheese on top of the onions.
  9. Place a slice of tomato in the center of each tart. Brush the tomato lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper.
  10. Finally, scatter 4 or 5 shards of Parmesan on each tart.
  11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. The bottom sheet pan may need an extra few minutes in the oven. Serve hot or warm.
Notes
Recipe source: Ina Garten

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miss P March 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Oh my heavens!!!!!!!!! Looks fabulous. I cannot wait to try this. I will have to replenish on puff pastry asap!
Thanks.

Miss P

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2 Carrie March 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

This looks delicious, and what a beautiful photo!

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3 Spike March 30, 2009 at 10:57 am

Looks great, I love the idea for the pastry scraps!

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4 lanaann March 30, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Thank you! I’m having lots of fun with the Barefoot Bloggers group and at the same time trying to learn to be a better photographer!

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5 lanaann March 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Thanks! It was great to get a main dish and dessert out of the same box of puff pastry. The bowknots are really good with a cup of sweet, creamy coffee.

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