ffwD: Tomato-Cheese Tartlets

Sometimes I make snap judgments about recipes. Take this week’s ffwD assignment, tomato-cheese tartlets. When I read the title, my first thought was disgust because I had finally purchased a 9-inch tart pan a few weeks ago. I was going to give my tartlet pans a rest but now Dorie wants to make tartlets? My second thought was exasperation in thinking the recipe would require extra effort in making tart dough from scratch. Finally, I was expecting the unenviable task of grating Gruyere with my little grater. My right hand could already feel the impending cramps.

So, imagine my surprise when the recipe called for frozen puff pastry dough, mozzarella cheese, and the option of store-bought pesto sauce! These tartlets were quick to make, albeit a bit more Italian than French in taste. I suppose the use of puff pastry makes them “more French”. That, or the option of using goat cheese instead of the mozzarella. Either way, I wanted to give the tartlets a different flavor twist, so I used agrumato, or infused, lime extra virgin olive oil and peach balsamic vinegar for the toppings. Delicious!

To read what other bloggers thought of these tomato-cheese tartlets, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:05:45

    These were not what I was expecting when I read the title either πŸ™‚
    Looks good & I am sure a chance to use that tart pan will pop up soon enough.

  2. Choc Chip Uru
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:06:26

    Super delicious looking πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. saffronandhoney
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:18:35

    Lovely toppings and lovely tartlets! I may make these for a dinner party next week πŸ™‚

  4. TrafficDiva
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:58:48

    These look so good!!! I’ve never had a savory tartlet….and that looks the perfect one to try…TASSSSSSTY! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! =)

  5. Food,Photography & France
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:34:32

    Nice idea and very nice pictures.

  6. ambrosiana
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:36:17

    Beautiful, colorful looking tartlets. There is a restaurant in Rome that does something similar with tomatoes, mozzarella and puff pastry. The difference is that they make 3 layers of puff pastry, tomatoes and mozzarella and they let mozzarella melt. They call it ” Caprese Calda” (Hot Caprese).

  7. Suzi
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 08:38:29

    Oh they look so pretty and colorful. Lovely presentation. Have a geat weekend.

  8. Baking is my Zen
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 09:39:21

    These look so appetizing…make great appetizers too.. enjoyed with a glass of wine….some friends etc.

  9. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 09:40:57

    They’re gorgeous! Bet they’re so tasty, too. Great way to use summer tomatoes (we have so many!)

  10. Trevor Sis Boom
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 10:30:10

    All your choices and modifications seem perfect. And I’m so pissed off at myself for not thinking of using an inverted tartlet pan ring to do my cutouts!

  11. thekalechronicles
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 10:39:07

    This looks delicious. I’ve yet to make my first tomato tart of the season.

  12. Promenade Claire
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 10:49:02

    Simply easy and tasty!

  13. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 11:23:04

    Beautiful! And I second Trevor’s comment about the tartlet pan… duh! πŸ™‚

  14. oneexpatslife
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 11:41:10

    I’m so with you. I spent the entire week thinking ‘there is no way I’m making pastry dough this week’ before FINALLY picking up the darn book and reading the recipe. Loved this one. And really loved that I didn’t have to make pastry dough.

  15. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 11:50:46

    They sound surprisingly easy for such an elegant dish!

  16. nana
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 12:53:52

    Such a nice surprise to not make pastry dough. I, too, like Sis Boom idea of
    using the tartlet pan rings to cut these out. Your tartlets look so perfect.

  17. rondamkisner
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 13:18:02

    Tasty! And so colorful!

  18. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 14:29:14

    My first thought also was that it included gruyere and a pie dough! Great pics, they look scrumptious!

  19. spicegirlfla
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 15:00:40

    As soon as I looked at the pic, I thought this is an Italian tart!! So easy and beautifully presented! Love it lots!

  20. eatinglikeahorse
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 16:49:51

    They look and sound out of this world, yes please!

  21. bakeawaywithme.com
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 21:02:25

    Beautiful little tartlets…they look so delicious!! Very lovely!!

  22. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 22:51:57

    hi yummy chunklet..looks very appetizing, one bite and another -soon all will be gone…. have a nice day

  23. dulceshome
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 23:07:13

    I know the feeling of thinking a recipe is going one way, only to find out… Your tartlets look delish! Glad you enjoyed them. We did too, just did a bit of a taste-test.

  24. Three Well Beings
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 01:31:54

    I’m just waiting for my tomatoes to ripen…it’s getting close. I love the idea of puff pastry and will definitely make this recipe. It sounds wonderful! πŸ™‚ Debra

  25. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 04:49:21

    I do that you know..judge recipes but I am pleased when a recipe surprises me πŸ™‚

  26. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 07:28:35

    Love the sound of that peach balsamic vinegar!

  27. Karen
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 07:50:01

    An unexpected twist with your oil and vinegar choices…I bet they were good.

  28. Marta
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 08:07:48

    I usually have sweet tartlets, but this one look very interesting.

  29. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 09:55:43

    Awesome just awesome!

  30. Erin E
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 11:43:54

    The tartlets look amazing! The lime-infused olive oil and the peach balsmic sound divine, I imagine they really complimented the flavors.

  31. Alice
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 13:18:44

    I was kind of disappointed that we didnt have to bake the tomato and mozz onto the puff pastry… but yours looks delicious!

  32. sara
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 15:06:06

    Love these tarts – wow! What great flavors, these look super delicious! πŸ™‚

  33. Janet Rudolph
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 15:56:50

    Oh my, I can almost taste these! How fabulous…

  34. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 16:12:46

    These are my kind of tartlets! I love using frozen puff pastry πŸ™‚

  35. Norma Chang
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 17:20:08

    I too make snap judgment about a recipe base on the title, showing our human side. Your tartlet looks just wonderfully delicious.

  36. Parsley Sage
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 18:10:18

    Now that’s the kind of dorie challenge I can get behind. Quick, easy and by the looks of it, pretty darned delicious! Now, I must go look up argumato πŸ™‚

  37. ceciliag
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 20:08:22

    i should definitely make these, maybe with a few substitutions because of my simple larder!! c

  38. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 00:57:45

    I have a goat cheese tart something like this and would never have considered drizzling with infused oil or the peach balsamic vinegar! Fantastic flavors!!

  39. hotlyspiced
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 01:28:25

    Isn’t it great when you think a recipe is going to be really involved and then you find that actually, there’s some great short-cuts. These look delicious and would be a wonderful pre-dinner snack xx

  40. Velva
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 08:53:22

    These tomato tartlets are beautiful. A perfect summer meal-Light and fresh. A really good chilled crisp wine and some sald, and I would be in heaven.

    Thanks for sharing.


  41. Susan Holding
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 10:51:02

    They look SO good! And no tart dough!

  42. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 15:07:18

    I love the switch out of puffed pastry here! These look delicious!

  43. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 18:03:46

    all my favorite flavors together!

  44. Mary Hirsch
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 19:50:35

    I have never heard of peach basalmic vinegar. Hmmmm, will have to google that, for sure. Yep, simple this week and fun. Your’s look delicious. Very nice photos.

  45. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 21:25:00

    Omg, how yummy is that? Love this.

  46. rebeccasubbiah
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 22:11:20

    Lovely tarts would be fab for a get together when in a rush

  47. Ameena
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 22:30:40

    These look delicious…absolutely perfect.

    I had to laugh at your reaction to the assignment. Too funny!

  48. sm
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 04:13:20

    delicious looking

  49. Maureen
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 04:33:40

    Oh I love this. Easy and with good ingredients, just a perfect meal.

  50. hemalata
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 05:46:45

    Super tempting recipe, looks so delicious.

  51. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 07:02:10

    Absolutely gorgeous!! A recipe that must be made. soon.

  52. Cakelaw
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 07:40:48

    LOL – I thought the same as you (Ie we had to make tart dough), but then I realised this was easy peasy – phew! Your tarts loook good.

  53. kitchen flavours
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:30:31

    This looks delicious! Agrumato is a new one to me!

  54. Juliana
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 15:41:47

    Wow, these savory tartlets look awesome…they look so flavorful…great pictures as always.
    Have a wonderful week ahead πŸ™‚

  55. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 16:20:12

    sometimes the best bites are the smallest ones! I love tomatoes, especially around this time of year and this tartlet looks exceptional!

  56. atasteofmadess
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 00:59:39

    These really do look very good! I love how easy this is, even I can make them!

  57. machisan
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 07:16:19

    that would be my favourite

  58. sanya
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 07:19:46

    Beautiful photos! I’ve never across peach balsamic, sounds delicious!

  59. Amanda
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 11:50:49

    oh my! these look so good! What an added bonus that they were easy!

  60. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 21:41:09

    Yum! What a wonderful way to use summer tomatoes.

  61. vianney
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 02:08:45

    love this savory tartlet and summer tomatoes are perfect at the moment!!

  62. Anita Menon
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 07:18:46

    they look supah-good!!

  63. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 02:19:33

    I love how simple and delicious this tartlets look! Definitely summery and perfect for get together with friends which is coming up soon!

  64. The Squishy Monster
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 11:07:06

    this is a gorgeous thing!!

  65. jora
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 13:53:26

    Beautiful plating and great photos! I’m glad I’m not the only one who sometimes wonders what makes these recipes French πŸ™‚

  66. sheof108names
    Aug 12, 2012 @ 08:33:58

    These look scrumptious!

  67. Zen and Genki
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:29:47

    Gorgeous plate!

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