Caprese Tart

Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish.This  Caprese Tart is one of my favourite creations this year as it always goes down well. In Summer our guest season is in full swing so it's great to have an easy vegetarian dish that also doubles as a side dish. Serve this Caprese Tart warm with salads like Coleslaw for lunch or cold for a picnic. This tart can be on the table in 30 minutes so what are you waiting for?   In nearly every supermarket in France, however small, you can buy  pâte feuilletée,  or puff pastry, ready rolled in a round or rectangle. In the UK it is mostly just a slab that you have to bring to room temperature before you can get a rolling pin anywhere near it! And, although I'm not a fan of prepared foods I know that many chefs don't make their own so that's my excuse. Take a puff pastry round and place it on a baking sheet or stone and carefully draw a line with a knife about 1-2cm in. Don't cut all the way through. If you are rolling it out aim for about a 30cm diameter. Bake at 200 C for about 15-20 minutes until golden. The pastry will puff up so take the back of a spoon and press it down all around the edge.  Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish. Whilst it is cooking cut the tops of the tomatoes and slice. Put the slices on some kitchen paper to soak up some of the juice. Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish. Slice some mozzarella balls. It doesn't have to be exact. Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish. Arrange alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella, drizzle with oil, dried basil and season. Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish. Return the tart to the oven for 5-10 minutes until it is golden. Scatter over a few basil leaves and enjoy! You can switch around the vegetables too. Recently one of the blogs I follow, Life With Becky, came up with another way to use up courgettes with courgette pizza. It looked so pretty that when my neighbour arrived brandishing another huge courgette I knew what to do! Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish. As the courgette was huge I sliced it quite thin and put the slices on a baking tray and baked them with olive oil while the pastry was cooking to soften them. I used a mixture of feta and mozzarella. What is your favourite veggie tart?
Caprese Tart
Make this simple Caprese tart in 30 minutes with tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and shop bought puff pastry for a delicious vegetarian dish.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 230g pack ready rolled puff pastry round
  2. 2 x 125g mozzarella balls
  3. 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
  4. olive oil
  5. seasoning
  6. 1 tsp dried basil
  7. beaten egg
  8. A few fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Score a circle about 1-2 cm on the pastry round, without cutting through.
  2. Glaze with beaten egg and cook until golden at 200 C.
  3. Push down the middle puffed part of the pastry with the back of a spoon.
  4. Arrange the tomato and mozzarella alternately, starting with the outside.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil, basil and seasoning.
  6. Bake for a further 5-10 minutes until golden and then garnish with the fresh basil.
Notes
  1. Swap 2 of the tomatoes for about 400g of sliced courgette. Roast them in the oven while the pastry is baking.
  2. Use a mixture of cheeses such as emmental, feta or cheddar.
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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Thar looks delicious. I will be serving it to my veggie friends who are desperate for something different from pasta!

    1. amandrawren70@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Ellie. We all love it and are meat eaters but our veggie friends love it too.

  2. kayrpea61 says:

    You’re making me hungry again 😉

    1. amandrawren70@gmail.com says:

      Thanks again!

  3. chef mimi says:

    Beautiful! This would be something I’d make for my daughters and myself, alongside a simple green salad! Lovely summer tomatoes.

    1. amandrawren70@gmail.com says:

      Well I always keep some puff pastry in the fridge so I can make this. It’s the closest you can get to convenience food here!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Both tarts sound perfect, Amanda. Here, puff pasty is sold 2 square sheets, folded and individually wrapped, in a box. They’re easy enough to roll out and cut into a circle — which I fully intend to do. Tomatoes are so tasty right now and it would be a shame not to use a few for this tart. Heaven knows I’ve had plenty of caprese salads this summer. It’s time for a change of pace. 🙂

    1. amandrawren70@gmail.com says:

      John I get really excited when I find it occasionally in a rectangle! It’s a faff trying to turn a circle into one!

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