These elegant Tomato and Boursin Tartlets are layered with deliciousness including buttery puff pastry, Boursin cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh tomatoes!
Giving the illusion you slaved all day to make these, using store-bought puff pastry and creamy Boursin make these Puff Pastry Tarts a breeze to prepare!
Why You Should Make these Puff Pastry Tarts
Bill and I were invited to have cocktails and a nibble with some friends at their tres chic home. Katherina claimed to mess up most things she cooked, a gross exaggeration I’m sure, as she made us some amazing tomato and goat cheese tarts. With a few tweaks, I made a smaller version for bite-sized appetizers and substituted some soft garlic and fine herbs Boursin for the goat cheese.
- Made with store-bought puff pastry, they’re easy to make!
- With caramelized onions and Boursin cheese, there’s lots of delicious flavors.
- They aren’t your ordinary appetizer, but both beautiful and irresistible!
Frequently Asked Questions
The rule of thumb is to bake when your puff pastry is cold and use a hot oven. The water in the puff pastry will turn to steam when exposed to heat and the steam causes the puff pastry to rise.
Puff pastry is made with butter and flour. Butter is high in saturated fats, so not exactly health food. There are a few nutrients in both main ingrediets, but they cannot be considered healthy. Eaten in moderation, it’s OK to have puff pastry dishes on occasion.
If you add a barrier, like the Parmesan in this recipe, it will minimize any moisture from the other ingredients from making the pastry soggy.
How to Make Tomato and Boursin Tartlets
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, crumbled Boursin cheese, a tomato slice, basil, and Parmesan combine for a delicious appetizer. Who wouldn’t want to shovel these in as fast as one can chew????
- Defrost Puff Pastry.
- Cut out rounds, then Score by pressing a slightly smaller biscuit cutter in the center to differentiate between the filling area and the rim.
- Make caramelized onions.
- With a sharp knife, make a shallow Cut where you scored the puff pastry. This will allow the rim to puff and form a border when baked. The filling will weigh down the middles.
- Prick the center area with a fork.
- Add the Parmesan to the middle area.
- Then Top with the onions, crumbled Boursin, tomatoes, and finish off with olive oil and seasonings.
- Bake as directed and serve warm.
More Party Food
I hope you all find an excuse to try these Tomato and Boursin Tartlets, a truly 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
- 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
- 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
More Appetizers for Your Next Gathering:
- Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels
- Cranberry Baked Meatballs
- Homemade Queso Dip
- Beef Crostini
- Easy Pickle Dip
- Creamy Hummus
- Blue Cheese Balls
- Antipasto Skewers
- Appetizer Recipes
- 14 ounce package of puff pastry (look for butter in the ingredients), 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 of 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
- Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly. Using a 2 3/4 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 2 1/2 inch cutter) without cutting all the way through. Refrigerate pastry while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
- Preheat the oven to 425º.
- 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 1/4 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.
- Using a sharp paring knife, score a 1/4-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.
- Divide the onion mixture among your tartlets, again staying within the scored edge. Crumble 1-1 1/2 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.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Serve hot or warm.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g