Tomato and Boursin Tartlets #PotluckforChristy

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Bill and I were invited to have cocktails and a nibble with some friends at their tres chic home. Katerina claimed to mess up most things she cooked, a gross exaggeration I’m sure, as she made us some amazing goat cheese and tomato tarts. I knew they’d be the perfect appetizer for this Virtual Potluck for Christy Jordan. I made a smaller version of her tarts and used my favorite garlic and fine herbs Boursin instead of goat cheese. These Tomato and Boursin Tartlets were the delicious result! Christy is the busy blogger, cookbook author and mom behind the scenes at Southern Plate…and she has been recovering from a recent accident in which she fractured her knee on one leg, an ankle on the other as well as suffered a concussion! Thanks to my blogger friend, Robin, of Simply Southern Baking, for organizing this foodie party to celebrate Christy’s recovery…and for introducing me to Christy and her wonderfully entertaining blog.

These gems are perfect for any gathering. Layers upon layers of deliciousness were piled on top of buttery puff pastry rounds. Caramelized onions with thyme followed by Boursin, a tomato slice, basil and Parmesan…who wouldn’t want to shovel these in as fast as one can chew???? I hope you all find an excuse to try these Tomato and Boursin Tartlets…truly a fantastic appetizer. But don’t miss the rest of the party food. Please check out the other goodies that my friends brought to the party:

Banana Pudding from Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen

Caramel Pound Cake from Stacey of Southern Bite

Chicken Salad from Elizabeth of Food Ramblings

Cookies and Cream Crunch Cookie Bites from Robin of Simply Southern Baking

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Hash Browns from Kristin of Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Herbed Cream Pasta with Bacon from Brandy of Farmer’s Wife Rambles

Mint Chocolate Espresso Pudding from Wanda of My Sweet Zepol

Pepperoni Bread from Karen at In The Kitchen With KP

Potluck Party Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese from Raquel of Organized Island

Roasted Fig and Ricotta Crositini from Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Sausage and Kale Casserole from Pam of Blueberries and Blessings

Spinach and Zucchini Lasagna from Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen



Tomato and Boursin Tartlets


Adapted from Ina Garten

  • 1 package good quality puff pastry (check label for butter as an ingredient), defrosted
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions ( a large onion)
  • 2 medium sized garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry white wine (I used dry Vermouth)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • A couple tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus slices shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • Garlic and Fine Herbs Boursin cheese
  • Compari tomatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices (larger than cherry tomatoes, but smaller than standard sized tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons julienned basil leaves


  1. Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly. Using a 2¾ inch biscuit cutter, cut as many rounds as you can from your pastry sheet. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Score the rounds with a slightly smaller biscuit cutter (I used a 2½ inch cutter) without cutting all the way through. Refrigerate pastry while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425º.
  3. Heat about a generous tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic. Saute for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and liquid has evaporated. Add ¼ teaspoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, the wine, and thyme and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Remove from the heat.
  4. Using a sharp paring knife, score a ¼-inch-wide border around each pastry circle. Prick the pastry inside the score lines with the tines of a fork and sprinkle some grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.
  5. Divide the onion mixture among your tartlets, again staying within the scored edge. Crumble 1-1½ teaspoons Boursin on top of the onions. Place a slice of tomato in the center of each tart. Brush the tomato lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper. Place 1 or two shards of Parmesan over each tomato.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Serve hot or warm.

Total time: 1 hour

    Yield: 10-12 tartlets


      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per Serving As Served
      Calories 1653kcal Calories from fat 975
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 108g 166%
      Saturated Fat 29g 145%
      Cholesterol 19mg 6%
      Sodium 1013mg 42%
      Carbohydrate 137g 46%
      Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
      Sugars 12g
      Protein 31g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories 2000
      Total Fat Less than 65g
      Sat Fat Less than 25g
      Cholesterol Less than 300mg
      Sodium Less than 2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate 300g
      Dietary Fiber 25g
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      You can also find Christy on Twitter and Instagram.


      1. These are gorgeous! I can probably eat the entire batch for dinner. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe Liz, pinning!

      2. Lovely as an appetizer or meal! And lip smacking good I imagine with goat cheese or Boursin =)

      3. Boursin is kind of like crack…it’s so darn addictive! Ugh…these sound amazing!

      4. Simply gorgeous and so full of flavor. Wow.

      5. Wow Liz! These tartlets are ‘tres chic’! Honestly, they are beautiful. I love savory pastry and these really look so special. All the best to Christy for a speedy recovery!

      6. On Liz, they are amazing. Beautiful and mouth watery. I have many plans for this little puppies. A nice treat for wine night with my husband, or girlfriends or an appetizer for family or friends over. Plus, I can make them for our HG from church one night. They’ll love them. Great recipe, thanks! Plus, thank you for being part of the virtual potluck for Christy.

      7. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

        Hoping for a quick and complete recovery for Christy! These tartlets are a perfect way to help speed her on her way.

      8. Oh these are so beautiful Liz! Your food always looks so beautifully tasty! These are great for a tailgating party too! Nice to see you at this party 🙂

      9. Ahhh LOVE this!!! You know how much i am addicted to tomatoes…so going to make this!!

      10. Wowowow! These look so amazing. These would be great for one of our football-watching Sunday afternoons with friends. Pinning!

        I am so glad to have gotten to know you through the potluck. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with…so I will follow you on Twitter, FB, etc to keep in touch!

      11. These are beautiful. Perfect for a fancy appetizer when friends come over!

      12. I am so glad you were in this potluck with me. Thanks for bringing that scrumptious appetizer.

      13. These are so elegant and savory and totally dinner party worthy. I love boursin and puff pastry!

      14. these look so delicious dear Lizzy!!

      15. These look amazing Liz. I’m wishing Christy a speedy recovery! So nice of all of you to host a virtual party to help cheer her up a bit.

      16. These look totally yummy – off-limits for me but yummy nevertheless. Sympathy to your friend. Both legs out of action must be horrendous.

      17. Beautiful tartlets, loving the freshness on top!

      18. Delicate deliciousness I’m sure. What a terrible shame about Christy. I do hope for a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for sharing, Liz…

      19. These look so good! Definitely putting them on my list of things to make. 🙂 Speedy recovery to Christy!

      20. Paula George says:

        I’m sure Christy was overwhelmed with the virtual potluck! Kudos to each of you that participated!

      21. These tartlets look so delicious and make a wonderful appetizer. I am sure Christy will enjoy them.

      22. What a fantastic party (or anytime) appetizer! You’re right – layer upon layer of flavor!

      23. These tartlets look incredible and so pretty! Great for serving at a party or anytime:)

      24. Hotly Spiced says:

        That does sound like a horrendous accident. I can’t imagine what it would be like to injure both legs at the one time – so debilitating. These tarts look gorgeous and I’m sure they’re the ultimate appetiser or pass-around item at a drink’s party xx

      25. These would be so perfect on a buffet or just a TV tray, they look delicious. Sending well wishes to Christy!

      26. I adore these tartlets, I think I’d eat them all in one sitting!

      27. OMG, these are outrageous! No doubt about it…I want to shovel them in as fast as I can chew.

      28. Hi Liz! This is a great little warm appetiser for unexpected guests. I just looked at the ingredient list and I have everything I need to make that right now. Lucky me! PS: I love that photo of you with all of your puppies. Have a super weekend. BAM

      29. They look amazing and what a great idea for the potluck.

      30. They look wonderful Liz, I bet they were delicious too! I have some puff pastry in the freezer too do I’ll have to bookmark your recipe.

      31. These look amazing! I am definitely going to make these.

      32. What a terrible accident! But how wonderful that all you foodies have come together in support of another. Beautiful dishes…and these tartlets. Well now, I can only imagine how fantastic they are. I will keep a mental note to give it a go. Thank you for sharing, Lizzy.

        Happy weekend.


      33. How perfect are these guys for a little tapas event?? Actually, that was my first thought. My second thought?? I think I’ll just have a plate for dinner!

      34. Savory tartlets? Genius! Great with a glass of champagne, I imagine. 😉

      35. Really beautiful tartlets. 🙂 They dress up any party table. 🙂

      36. These tartlets sound absolutely devine and make such a great presentation, Liz!

        I hope Christy has a speedy and good recovery…so wonderful she has so many good friends like you!

      37. So perfect Liz and a great combination of flavors.

      38. ummmmm….wanna come stay with me in NYC and make me these lovelies?? kthanxbye! 😛

      39. I’m home all alone and I’m wondering if I can make just one of these. 🙂 and it’s 11pm!

      40. Liz, what a delish recipe to share for Christy’s virtual potluck. Thank you for being a part of this special surprise! 🙂

      41. These look awesome! Thinking they are a great appetizer for a Christmas party! yummy yummy!!


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