Our mouths sure aren’t bite sized, but somehow that makes it better because we can eat a few of these Bite-Size Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts at once. There couldn’t be an easier summer appetizer than this one. With fresh from the garden tomatoes and basil…a little fresh mozzarella and a piece of puff pastry, you can have appetizers for your friends in a flash…or just a big old mouth full for yourself!
Bite-Size Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts
All-purpose flour for dusting
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17 1/2-ounce package), thawed
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 large plum tomato, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces fresh mozzarella, very thinly sliced (8 or 9 slices)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, unfold the pastry. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 8 or 9 rounds; place rounds on the prepared baking sheet. Prick the pastry rounds all over with a fork. Bake rounds for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
Sprinkle each with about 1/2 teaspoon Parmesan, then top with a tomato slice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Lay a slice of mozzarella on top of each tomato. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until puffed and golden. Sprinkle each tart with basil and serve warm.
Servings: 8 or 9 tarts