These delicious tarts only take 5 or 6 ingredients and a few minutes to assemble but your guests would never know it!
I was delighted to find that my Food Basics store sells Selection brand puff pastry frozen and folded. You don’t even need to roll it out anymore! You do have to be a bit organized in order to defrost it but -hey – I can do that!
If there is one thing I learned travelling in France and Italy it is that ‘less is more’. Use 2 or 3 of the best ingredients you can find and let them shine. We had an incredible salad in Nice that was just a bed of baby greens- tender and fresh, like organic greens would be here. It was topped with grated parmesan cheese and drizzled with really good olive oil. And it was delicious.
Having said that- I am still susceptible to putting together some salads with everything but the kitchen sink! (Have you seen my Beef Taco Salad????)
Well, I did put the principle to use with these appetizer tarts. I made two variations for my Casual Italian Lunch Buffet, one with goat cheese and one with provolone. They were both good but the provolone cheese made the puff pastry base a bit moister.
You can switch up the toppings to suit your tastes and what you have on hand. Just limit them to about 3 things on top of the cheese. You could use green olive slices, sweet red peppers, yellow or green onions. You could probably use anything you would use as a pizza topping except somehow pepperoni slices seem too heavy. So think pancetta or prosciutto bits if you want to add meat!
When I was baking them I baked one on a baking sheet with parchment paper and one on a pizza stone. The pizza stone definitely made for a bit of a crispier base.
These are so quick to make and so good you will want to keep a package of that ready-to-use puff pastry in your freezer so you can whip these up whenever you want!