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tomato pesto tarts

Posted By katy On March 26, 2012 @ 5:34 am In appetizers,food | 9 Comments

Oh my gosh, you guys!

I almost can’t write a post because I’m so excited that Mad Men is back on the air!  A year and a half in the making, and I wasn’t disappointed at all — which is no small feat!  While I love the fashion on the show (obviously), it’s not usually my personal style — but as they get further into the sixties, I’m drooling over all the mod minidresses we’re starting to see (this one [1] obviously belongs in my closet)!  Can’t wait to see where this season goes. 

Now onto these — I actually saw a similar dish on Pinterest, and I couldn’t get it out of my head!  I made these just for fun on Sunday, but they’d also be perfect as a party appetizer. 

Easy to make ahead of time and just pop in the oven when you need them — and they only take a few minutes!  Simple, colorful, and totally delicious.

Hope everybody had a great weekend! 

Tomato Pesto Tarts


One sheet puff pastry (I use these sheets [2], available at just about every grocery store)
2 plum tomatoes cut into thin slices
9 small leaves fresh basil
1/4 cup pesto (I used store bought, but this recipe [3] is probably way better!)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Flaky sea salt


Defrost the puff pastry overnight in the fridge and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the puff pastry into 9 equal-sized squares.  Brush them with olive oil and place the tomato slices in the center of each tart.  Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese and a small pinch of sea salt on each one.  Bake for ten minutes, then add pesto and bake for an additional five minutes.  Top each one with a small basil leaf and serve warm.

Makes 9 tarts, can easily be doubled or tripled.

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[1] this one: http://www.realstylenetwork.com/blogs/fashion-and-style/files/2012/03/Mad-Men-Jessica-Pare-Megan-little-black-dress-singing-song-season-5-premiere.jpg

[2] these sheets: http://www.puffpastry.com/products

[3] this recipe: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/

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