Vegetarian Tomato and Basil Tarts

Vegetarian Tomato and Basil Tarts

Course Type: Appetizer, Side Dish, Vegetarian

Preparation Time: 40 minutes

It’s everything you love—fresh tomatoes, rich olive oil and aromatic herbs—in one flaky, buttery bite.

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz (dry weight) sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried herbs such as Herbs de Provence or dried parsley, to taste
  • 1 (13.2 oz) package puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 30-35 NatureSweet® Glorys® tomatoes
To Serve:
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes from the olive oil, reserving the oil. Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, 1 Tablespoon of the reserved oil, and the tomato paste in a food processor or blender until a paste forms. Add the herbs to taste. Note: Save the rest of the sun-dried tomato oil for other cooking or salad dressings.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  3. Unroll the puff pastry dough onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Use a 4 or 5-inch round pastry cutter to cut rounds from the dough and remove the excess. Alternatively, cut the dough into squares or rectangles. Note: You can reshape the leftover dough and use it to make sweet puff pastry bites or another tart base
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and water until combined, then brush the egg wash over the tart bases. Prick the center of each round with a fork.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, spread an even layer of the tomato paste over the center of the tart and top with 4-5 tomatoes. Return to the oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the pastry is golden, and the tomatoes are soft.
  6. 6. Serve warm, and garnish with grated parmesan, fresh thyme leaves and a pinch of black pepper.