Friday, August 3, 2012

FFWD ~ Tomato-Cheese Tartlets

 Tomato-Cheese Tartlets
This friday, we made wonderful tomato cheese tartlets for French Fridays. These tartlets were a great choice for a busy day and, I now have a new appetizer to serve during the summer! I 'm sure I’ll be making many of these in the next few weeks because, my garden is full of green tomatoes. However, I had to buy my tomatoes for this one!
This has been a crazy month for me with several trips to NYC, house guests and a few dinner parties. So, I was a little behind with this one. I also made plans for a trip to the outlets with a friend…something I would never turn down!  So, early yesterday morning my girlfriend picked me up and we drove to Pa. to the outlet mall. We immediately headed over to Chicos…to check out the sales!  After about an hour and a half of picking through the racks for great finds and trying on clothes, we both left Chicos with a smile on our face.  It was time for lunch. You get hungry looking for all those bargains!  A few more hours checking out the rest of the mall and, it was time to head home! On the way home I stopped at the grocery store because, being unprepared for this weeks French Friday, I had to buy the puff pastry!! I didn’t get home until after five and I really wasn’t in the mood to start cooking!  That’s when another smile came over my face…this recipe was easy!! The hardest thing being, rolling out the dough and baking it!  Easy enough!
Following Dories instructions, you roll out the defrosted puff pastry to about a 13 x13 inch square and cut out 6 inch rounds using a small plate as a guide. OK...easy! You then prick each round with a fork over the entire surface…again easy! I was a bit concerned when the instructions said  "bake these with another baking sheet on top" to keep them from rising too high. I thought of going rogue however, I’ve learned (the hard way) to follow Dories’ instructions! After baking, spread some pesto or tapenade over the rounds, layer with tomato and fresh mozzarella, then sprinkle with salt and pepper and some olive oil!
Salad Caprese on a puff pastry round…absolutely delicious! This is a definite keeper for me! My husband loved it, and I’m sure my guests will too!  Happy Friday everyone!!


You can find this recipe in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or here on Serious Eats.  To see what other Doristas are doing…check it out here.


Puff pastry ready for the oven
I used a Sundried Tomato Tapenade 
The Tartlet was placed in the oven under the broiler...just long enough to melt the cheese…add a drizzle of olive oil and maybe a touch of  balsamic vinegar 
So scrumptious
Enjoy…Happy Friday Everyone!!



30 comments:

  1. You sound busier than me yet you still got this one done! And beautifully. I love that you used sun dried tomatoes...My tarts got a bit crispy so they don't look as good as yours but they were still good. I will be doing this one again.

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  2. Oh this looks wonderful. I have so many tomatoes at the moment this is such a perfect recipe for their use!
    Mary x

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  3. Kathy, your tartlet look beautiful and delicious:) Sounds like you had a wonderful shopping trip in PA. Have a great weekend.

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  4. You and I had a very similar experience with this recipe this week. I too put it off until Thursday night and was then delighted to learn how easy it was. I loved this one and will definitely make it again!

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  5. If that shopping trip was at the new Philadelphia outlets in PA, you would have been in Tricia and my backyard.
    Fantastic place, I'm waiting for all the kids to finish shopping for school before I head up there. (15 minutes) Your tartlets look delicious, and they certainly were easy. I just picked up some goat cheese at BJ's and look forward to using
    that next time, very soon.

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  6. I wondered about that top baking sheet, too, but it turned out great! I think these would work well with a number of toppings. I used Pesto, but I'll bet the sun-dried tomato tapenade was deliciou, too. I also have some artichoke tapenade in the pantry...the list of possibilities goes on & on.

    Have fun sporting your new clothes!

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  7. You sure are having a busy and fun summer! Beautiful tarts! Aren´t these easy and yummy? Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  8. I really like how you plated this, looks lovely!

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  9. Lovely presentation and my favorite appetizer!

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  10. The tartlets look so yummy. I love the colors.

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  11. How perfect for the current harvest! I really do need to buy that cookbook!

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  12. Hi Kathy! Your tartlets are so fresh and the colors so bright-very appealing! I agree this is an easy recipe that I will make again;-) I'm headed to New York next week, getting excited! Have a great weekend;-)

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  13. These look fantastic. Perfect timing too since I'm starting to pick fresh tomatoes from my garden. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Yum, your tartlettes have me grinning :D
    They look delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  15. THe baking sheet thing had me worried too, so I took mine off half way through.
    I like how you were able to get the pinwheet effect. And enjoy your summer - busy though it may be :-)

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  16. How you managed to do all those activities AND make these tartlets too is beyond me! Maybe I'm not living enough :)... Your tartlet looks gorgeous, now I have to try it with the sundried tomato tapenade!

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  17. These look lovely and your pinwheel shape is perfect. I had some trouble doing that part. But you are right these are a keeper. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. This looks AMAZING! Simple and so fresh and tasty!

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  19. That's one of my favorite lunches...I make Ina Gartens version though. I'll be sure to try this one next time.
    (Agree 16 egg yolks is ridiculous....but it does make 2 quarts. I halved the recipe and ate egg white omelets for a few days!)

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  20. Outlets are so much fun (kinda dangerous though, at least to the checkbook)! We really liked this recipe also, it will definitely be a go-to appetizer!

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  21. This is a keeper for me as well! Great photo and post!

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  22. Kathy, I just love your fresh and delicious simple tartlet. The crust is amazing, and the topping is exactly how I love it with mozzarella and tomatoes. The sun dried tomatoes add an extra yummy flavor, as well.!
    Lovely presentation:D
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. You were at the Crossings and you didn't tell me!!! I have a story about a tomato plant I have growing in the flower garden but I'm waiting for it to turn red before I share it. Now, that I see this "scrumptious" looking tartlet, I know just what to do!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy. I've just bookmarked it for safe keeping...

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  24. Beautiful job! It's such a relief to have an easy assignment in a busy week. I'm looking forward to trying this again when my own tomatoes are ready.

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  25. I really like the idea of adding the sundried tomatos. Even a combo of tomato and pesto would be great! So pretty!

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  26. Beautiful tartlets and I like the idea of sundried tomato tapenade base.

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  27. I loved these also, Kathy, although you did the pinwheel effect a little better than I managed to do. I also will try these tartlets again, using other toppings. They're fun, I think, making puff pastry do something it isn't supposed to do. It sounds as if you've had a wonderful and adventurous Summer albeit busy. Last year I was in a Tauck Tour group in Central/Eastern year with a gal who wore amazing jewelry every day. The pieces were just well-designed and fun. Turns out that she bought every piece at Chico's. Glad you picked up some stylish bargains.

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  28. I love your pin wheel design!! :) I was totally unprepared for FFWD last week too and just put it off but thank goodness we made it! It was so quick and easy!

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