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Tomato Basil Tart

August 26, 2009

Yes, I know, tarts seem to be the only thing I ever make with puff pastry. Sue me. But this time I put a savory twist on things  using some fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden to make this fabulous appetizer.  I really wanted to do this with goat cheese, but they were out when I went to the grocery (for shame!), so I used cream cheese instead.  And the results were–OMG AWESOME!  There was so much NOM NOM NOMING going on at the dinner I took these to that conversation simply stopped for the 3 minutes it took us to inhale it.


  • 2/3rds of a sheet of puff pastry
  • handful of fresh basil
  • 1 cup of fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg white
  • fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out your puff pastry until it makes a nice large square.
  3. Transfer the flattened pastry to a pizza pan (you can use some other kind of pan but the pizza pan is so nice and uniformly round).
  4. Take your cream cheese and if it’s already softened, add the garlic powder and mix well.  If you’re like me and don’t have the patience to wait, put it in a bowl and microwave for 15 seconds, then add the garlic powder and mix well.
  5. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the center of the puff pastry, leaving about a one inch edge uncovered.
  6. Crank a bit of black pepper over the whole thing.
  7. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
  8. Layer the basil leaves (I like them whole, but you can certainly cut them) over the cream cheese mixture.
  9. Layer the tomatoes between the basil.
  10. Fold up the edges of your tart (we all know I always do rustic here).
  11. Brush the top of the pastry with egg white.
  12. Bake for 18 minutes.

Printable version.

Tomato Basil Tart on Foodista

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2009 1:14 pm

    What a great idea, cream cheese and basil-perfect combination

  2. August 26, 2009 3:22 pm

    This looks incredible. I love fresh basil and tomatoes!

  3. August 26, 2009 5:18 pm

    that is one delicious looking tart! I’m loving all of that cheese!

  4. August 27, 2009 1:01 am

    Sure looks yummy and bright ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

  5. August 27, 2009 11:17 am

    That is one amazing tart! Delicious!


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