2012-06-11

Caprese Tartlets



A simple,easy and delicious recipe. Enjoy the killer combination of tomato, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella lying on a fluffy pastry along with those little pieces of olives that complement the delicious result. Top with a fragrant fresh basil leaf and indulge!

 Ingredients   (Depending on the size of tarts)

5-6 medium tomatoes, cut into thick slices
2 tablespoons basil pesto* 
500g puff pastry
Fresh buffalo mozzarella 
olives, chopped 8
basil leaves

How to make

Put the tomato slices in a bag along with the pesto to cover the tomatoes. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat oven to 400.
Roll the cold puff pastry into a big sheet (You can use ready puff pastry shells).
Using a glass (a little larger than the size of the tomatoes) cut round pieces of puff pastry and place in baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Dock the pastry shells using a fork and bake for 10 minutes. They will rise but do not worry, when we’re going to put the tomatoes you’ll get the shape you see in the pictures.
Remove the pan from the oven and place a slice of tomato in every tart shell. Cover with a slice of mozzarella and just a pinch of black pepper.  Return the pan to the oven and bake for 10 minutes more. Turn to grill or broil and continue for 2 – 5  minutes until the cheese is golden brown.
When they are ready, decorate with chopped olives, basil leaf and serve.


Enjoy!

*You can keep in your refrigerator home made pesto sauce that you will make by pulsing in a food processor 2 cups basil leaf, 1 clove garlic, 1 - 2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts, salt, pepper and good quality extra virgin olive oil until you have a smooth paste.

18 comments:

  1. These are so beautiful and delicious!

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  2. loving all the fresh flavours :)
    xoxo

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  3. These looks really delicious! I love all the ingredients! Lovely! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice day!

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  4. Εύκολο και νόστιμο!! Αυτό το λιωμένο τυρί είναι άλλο πράγμα!! Πως θα σου φαινόταν και με λίγα καραμελωμένα κρεμμύδια;; Λες να μην πηγαίνουν στη γεύση του; Καλή εβδομάδα να έχεις! Φιλάκια!!

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    1. Taelia μου γευστικά νομίζω ότι δεν θα είχε πρόβλημα, ίσως μπέρδευε λίγο τις καθαρές γεύσεις. Το βαρύ υλικό εδώ όμως είναι μονο η σφολιάτα οπότε δεν πιστεύω ότι θα το βάραινε πολύ σαν ορεκτικό.. Μια δοκιμή θα μας πείσει!
      Φιλάκια!

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  5. Everything about this recipe makes me and my mouth happy. ;-)

    Hope you've been well while I've been away from the blogging world. cheers!

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  6. This will be a perfect little starter later this summer when I have vine ripe tomatoes.

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  7. I absolutely adore Mediterranean food, I'm so glad I found your blog! I'm looking forward to trying your spanokopita too - my favourite!

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  8. It does look simple and delicious.

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  9. What gorgeous looking tartlets. I love the colours and the flavours would be amazing xx

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  10. ok αν και άρχισα δίαιτα... αυτή τη συνταγή που είναι τόσο πανεύκολη(και για μας τους αχρηστους)θα την φτιάξω σίγουρα!!

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  11. These look delicious! They have all my favourite stuff on them and so easy because you don't have to make pie crust! I have to tell you, that I took Ancient Greek in school and even though Modern Greek is different, it's been fun being able to at least read the Greek here!

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  12. This looks like a good pair with some pasta

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  13. Oh yum! I love the addition of pesto. I put pesto in EVERYTHING. This looks SO good :)

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  14. So...... pretty and delicious looking and sounding - I love all of your ingredients, Eri. It's so great to keep a package of puff pastry in the freezer to whip up wonderful things like these tarts anytime!

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  15. This is so easy to make! This is totally my kind of baking (heeheehee). I am running out of puff pastry, but I'm going to make this soon and call it... lunch? =D Perfect appetizer!

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