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Tomato Parmesan Tarts

Tomato Parmesan Tarts

It’s December. The holidays are near and that means it is time for parties! Lots and lots of parties with lots and lots of food. And like most food during this time of the year, holiday party food tends to be on the heavier side. Though I love appetizers full of cheese or butter, I can only take so much of it and need some lighter bites in between to balance it all out. I hate going home after a party and feeling like I want to explode. Not fun.

Here’s a little appetizer that is easy, pretty, and low in fat! Little rounds of pastry puff topped with Parmesan cheese and a light and tasty tomato mixture. I think these are kind of similar to bruschetta, except with pastry puff dough! The puff pastry gives them a nice buttery flavor, but it’s balanced with the fresh tomato and basil. And since I am not good at making my own pastry doughs, I love that you can use puff pastry right from the freezer section as it saves me time and I don’t have to worry about it not turning out! I think these are my ideal appetizer! These would be great to serve any time of the year!

Tomato Parmesan Tarts

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Tomato Parmesan Tarts

Yield: 20 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced and seeded plum tomato (about 4)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp. champagne vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 2/3 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • fresh basil leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine the tomato, shallots, olive oil, vinegar, thyme, and the pepper in a bowl.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to about 10 x 12 1/2 inch rectangle. Cut the dough with a 2-inch round pastry cutter (or can also use a drinking glass). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Place the rounds on the baking sheet. Using a fork, prick the dough.
  4. Top each piece of dough with about 1/4 tsp. of the Parmesan cheese and about 2 tsp. of the tomato mixture.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt and basil leaves.

Serving Size: 2 tarts; Calories per serving: 105; Fat per serving: 7.2 g

Recipe from Cooking Light

Tomato Parmesan Tarts


29 Responses to “Tomato Parmesan Tarts”

  1. #
    Ramona — December 3, 2012 at 6:48 am

    These party tarts could not be cuter and more festive. All the red and green… perfect. Good thing they are figure friendly… I would eat about a dozen. :)

    • Ramona replied: — December 3rd, 2012 @ 6:50 am

      PS…. I always admire your food photography… can I ask… What lighting, lens, software you use?

  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

    How adorable! I love these! They would be so perfect for a holiday party!!!

    • Stephanie replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

      Thanks, Jen! Aren’t they cute?

  3. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Look at these cuties! And I’m not ashamed to say I’m that butthead at the party who would eat of them.

    • Stephanie replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Hayley! They are addictive!

  4. #
    Wendy @ AMFT — December 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

    So cute! They sound so good! I love anything with fresh tomatoes!

    • Stephanie replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

      Thanks, Wendy! I do too!

  5. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    These are so fun! And not to mention, completely adorable! People would love these – they are such a creative spin on bruschetta! I feel like I’d eat the whole tray… yep. I’d totally eat the whole tray. ;)

    • Stephanie replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Sally! I pretty much did eat the whole tray ;)

  6. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I saw these in the magazine!! Yours are so gorgeous, STeph!

    • Stephanie replied: — December 4th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

      Why, thank you, Claire! I always feel like their photos are better, lol!

  7. #
    Julia — December 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    These looks so tasty! I am definitely thinking about making them for Christmas!

  8. #
    Julia | — December 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Very cute little appetizers!

  9. #
    Liz — December 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I need an appetizer for an upcoming ornament exchange! These are now a top contender…so pretty and delish!

  10. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Yum! What a great appetizers for the holidays!

  11. #
    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — December 5, 2012 at 1:52 am

    This is perfect bite sizes and that they are light and tasty too. Great party appetizer!

    • Stephanie replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      Thanks, Jo!

  12. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — December 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Tasty and simple, great for a party or just for me :)

  13. #
    Meghan — December 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    These are so fun & festive! Perfect for a holiday party or just for me! :)

  14. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Mmm, these look so good! I love how simple they are to put together.

  15. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 8, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I could eat apps like this for my whole meal!

  16. #
    Karen (Back Road Journal) — December 8, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I love your little tomato tarts…perfect for the cocktail party I am planning.

  17. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — December 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

    These are great! I love making appetizers from puff pastry dough!

  18. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — December 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I used puff pastry for the first time last week. I don’t know what took so long. These look beautiful. I am sure they would be first thing to go at a holiday party.

  19. #
    Anna @ Cuparoons — January 23, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I’m new to blogging myself and enjoy making lowfat meals for my family, too. So glad I ran into your blog!


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