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Total time: 25 minutes
    Puff pastry can be used to make easy, elegant starters.  Mine comes in a circle, and for this I used 2 'quarters' and did not trim them further into squares or circles.  The tomato was a large Coeur de Boeuf, similar to a Beefsteak. 

Tomato Cheese Pastries  Ingredients:

  • 3oz (90gr) semi-soft cheese, Muenster, smoked mozzarella, provolone
  • 2 tbs pesto
  • 1 large, garden ripened tomato
  • 3 - 4 fresh basil leaves  for garnish, optional
  • 1/2 sheet puff pastry


  • Thaw the puff pastry, if needed. 
  • Slice cheese 1/4" (.6cm) thick, or whatever works to cover the pastry.
  • Cut the tomato into thick slices.  You may need to use 1 1/2 slices, depending on the size of the tomato.  
  • Lay out puff pastry and cut it in half.  Cut one half in half again, for 2 quarters.  
  • Lay the quarters on a baking sheet. 
  • With a dull knife (butter knife) lightly etch around the pastry, 1/3" (.75cm) from the edge. 
  • Divide the pesto and spread within the etched lines. 
  • Lay the cheese on top, cutting smaller slices to roughly fit. 
  • Lay the tomato on the cheese.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven at 420F (210C) for 12 - 15 minutes, until sides of pastry have puffed around middle and are golden brown. 
  • Remove, garnish with fresh basil and serve.