Tomato Puff Pastry Tart

This tomato puff pastry tart is a wonderful way to showcase those in-season tomatoes! A delicious option for an appetizer, light lunch, or as part of a brunch spread.

close up of a tomato puff pastry tart fresh out of the oven

Making a tomato tart with puff pastry is a fun and easy way to use those beautiful and juicy tomatoes that are at their peak towards the end of summer. At this time of year, tomatoes are all over farmers markets, in stores, and bursting out of gardens in our area… and we’re always looking for fun and easy ways to use them.

A puff pastry tomato tart is lovely as a light lunch or dinner paired with a salad. It would also make a great appetizer for hosting friends for a night on the patio or at a dinner party. Making a tomato tart would also be a great addition to an at home brunch party.

Plus, tomato tarts with puff pastry are easy to make and look beautiful. Your guests will be impressed and it takes minimal effort on your end…score!

TELL ME ABOUT THIS TOMATO PUFF PASTRY TART RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy. 

Flavor: The tomatoes, herbs, and buttery pastry are the main flavors of this tomato tart. These flavors are accented with melty and creamy cheese. SO GOOD.

Time: It will take you approximately 40 minutes to prepare your puff pastry tomato tart. Note: this does not include thawing time for your frozen puff pastry.

ingredients needed to make a puff pastry tomato tart

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • Frozen puff pastry
  • Flour (for rolling)
  • Egg of any size (for egg-wash)
  • Cheese (I use a Cheddar Gruyere from one of my favorite Wisconsin dairys, but there are a ton of great cheese options! See the “Recipe Substitutions and Variations” section for a list of recommended cheeses)
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes (heirloom tomatoes are beautiful on this tart)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh parsley (ok to use curly leaf or flat leaf)
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OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE TOMATO TARTS WITH PUFF PASTRY

  1. Prepare and pre-bake puff pastry crust:
    1. Thaw frozen puff pastry per the package instructions.
    2. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Unfold and place a thawed sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured, flat surface. Lightly roll the puff pastry dough into a rectangle that is about ⅛” thick. 
    4. Using a sharp knife, score a line about ½” in from all edges to create a border (do not cut all the way through).
    5. Using a fork, prick the center of the puff pastry generously (do not do this on the border).
    6. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Gently “wash” the border with the egg using a pastry brush. Make sure to get the top and edges.
    7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare the toppings:
    1. While the puff pastry is pre-baking, wash and slice the tomatoes. Grate the cheese. Chiffonade the basil and chop the parsley. Set all ingredients aside until the crust is ready.
  3. Assemble the tart:
    1. After the puff pastry has pre-baked, remove it from the oven. Gently press the center portion down with a glass if it has puffed up, leaving the border puffed.
    2. Generously sprinkle cheese over the center portion of the puff pastry.
    3. Cover the cheese with a layer of tomato slices (it’s ok to overlap them slightly).
    4. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and a little more cheese on top of the tomatoes.
  4. Bake:
    1. Bake the assembled tart for another 12-15 minutes, until the puff pastry border is flakey and golden brown. At this point, the tomatoes should be lightly roasted and the cheese melted and bubbly.
  5. Slice, serve and enjoy!
    1. Remove the tomato tart from the oven and cool for a few minutes prior to slicing. Best served immediately. Enjoy!
slices of tomato puff pastry tart fresh out of the oven

See a quick story series on this tomato tart recipe here!

RECIPE VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Use different kinds of tomatoes. I show a variety of heirloom tomatoes on my tart. You could also use any of your favorite slicing tomatoes or cherry tomatoes!
  • Change the cheese. If you cannot find the Cheddar Gruyere that I use, and don’t want to do a mix of cheddar and gruyere, that is a-ok. Straight gruyere would be fabulous. Mozzarella, fontina, or goat cheese would all be great substitutes. A mixture of mozzarella and parmesan would be great. Have fun with it!
  • Add pesto. If desired, add a light layer of pesto to your tomato tart on puff pastry. I would recommend add this below your first cheese layer after you pre-bake your puff pastry. Alternatively, you could use pesto and skip the cheese if desired.
  • Try different fresh herbs. Try different fresh herbs in addition to, or in place of, the basil and parsley. Thyme, oregano, and chives would all be wonderful on a tomato tart.
  • Drizzle your tart with balsamic vinegar or a balsamic reduction. Just before serving, adding a drizzle of balsamic or a balsamic reduction would be a lovely touch.

MODIFICATIONS FOR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: GF, VEGAN, EGG-FREE

This puff pastry tomato tart is vegetarian as written. A simple modification can be made to make this into a gluten-free tomato tart as well. You can also make this tomato tart vegan and egg-free with a few changes too! 

  • To make this tomato tart on puff pastry gluten-free, purchase a gluten-free frozen puff pastry (or make your own if you’re feeling ambitious).
  • If you’re looking to make this into a vegan tomato tart, a few changes need to be made. Making these changes also makes this tart egg-free:
    • First, ensure the puff pastry you’ve purchased is vegan by reviewing the ingredients list (some are, some are not). 
    • Swap the egg wash for a vegan-friendly wash. A popular choice is using aquafaba. Doing a little research, it appears using vegetable oil or olive oil is another option for this as well (and would taste good with this).
    • Use a vegan cheese substitute of your choosing. 
top down view of a slice of tomato tart on a white plate. the tart is surrounded by other plates with tarts, a red and white checkered linen, slices of tomatoes, and a sprig of fresh basil.

LET’S TALK ABOUT PUFF PASTRY

What is puff pastry?

Puff pastry is a light and flakey pastry made of laminated dough. Laminated dough consists of many thin layers of dough separated by butter, which is made by repeated rolling and folding.

Where do I get frozen puff pastry? 

Look for frozen puff pastry dough in your grocery store’s frozen section, often by frozen pies or frozen pie crusts.

How to thaw frozen puff pastry.

The best method for thawing frozen puff pastry is to put it in the refrigerator for approximately 4 hours (up to overnight). The frozen puff pastry dough package will also outline directions of how to thaw the dough. Some frozen puff pastry brands suggest thawing your puff pastry on your counter for 30-40 minutes.

How to work with frozen puff pastry dough.

While your dough needs to be thawed (to avoid cracking), you want to keep it cold. Warm puff pastry is very difficult to work with (it is stretchy and super sticky) and also won’t puff up as much during the cooking process. You also risk losing the butter that’s folded into the pastry if it gets too warm (the butter could melt onto your pan instead of staying in the dough). When you are ready to prep your thawed dough, remove it from the fridge, and unfold the dough onto a floured work surface. Lightly roll out your puff pastry with a floured rolling pin to remove the creases and create an even layer.

EXPERT TIPS

Tomato tarts with puff pastry are best served soon after they are baked. You can serve your tomato tart hot or at room temperature. If you do have leftovers, reheat on a baking sheet in the oven that is preheated to 250°F until warmed to your liking.

Frozen puff pastry generally comes in sheets of two. You can easily double this recipe and make two tarts. OR save one of the sheets for another recipe, like these prosciutto asparagus puff pastry bundles or puff pastry egg tarts!

close up of a slice of tomato tart on a white plate. the tart is surrounded by other plates with tarts, a red and white checkered linen, slices of tomatoes, and a sprig of fresh basil.

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Tomato Puff Pastry Tart

This tomato puff pastry tart is a wonderful way to showcase those in-season tomatoes! A delicious option for an appetizer, light lunch, or as part of a brunch spread.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 220 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry
  • flour (for rolling)
  • 1 egg of any size (for egg-wash)
  • 3 oz cheddar gruyere cheese, grated*
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes, cored and sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5-6 leaves fresh basil, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp mined fresh parsley

Instructions
 

Prepare and pre-bake puff pastry crust:

  • Thaw frozen puff pastry per the package instructions.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Unfold and place a thawed sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured, flat surface. Lightly roll the puff pastry dough into a rectangle that is about ⅛” thick.
  • Using a sharp knife, score a line about ½” in from all edges to create a border (do not cut all the way through).
  • Using a fork, prick the center of the puff pastry generously (do not do this on the border).
  • Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Gently “wash” the border with the egg using a pastry brush. Make sure to get the top and edges.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

Prepare the toppings:

  • While the puff pastry is pre-baking, wash and slice the tomatoes. Grate the cheese. Chiffonade the basil and chop the parsley. Set all ingredients aside until the crust is ready.

Assemble the tart:

  • After the puff pastry has pre-baked, remove it from the oven. Gently press the center portion down with a glass if it has puffed up, leaving the border puffed.
  • Generously sprinkle cheese over the center portion of the puff pastry.
  • Cover the cheese with a layer of tomato slices (it’s ok to overlap them slightly).
  • Sprinkle the salt, pepper, basil, parsley, and a little more cheese on top of the tomatoes.

Bake:

  • Bake the assembled tart for another 12-15 minutes, until the puff pastry border is flakey and golden brown. At this point, the tomatoes should be lightly roasted and the cheese melted and bubbly.

Slice, serve and enjoy!

  • Remove the tomato tart from the oven and cool for a few minutes prior to slicing. Best served immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

*If your store does not carry cheddar gruyere, use 1.5 oz cheddar + 1.5 oz gruyere. See alternate cheese recommendations below.
Recipe variations and substitutions:
  • Use different kinds of tomatoes. I show a variety of heirloom tomatoes on my tart. You could also use any of your favorite slicing tomatoes or cherry tomatoes!
  • Change the cheese. If you cannot find the Cheddar Gruyere that I use, and don’t want to do a mix of cheddar and gruyere, that is a-ok. Straight gruyere would be fabulous. Mozzarella, fontina, or goat cheese would all be great substitutes. A mixture of mozzarella and parmesan would be great. Have fun with it!
  • Add pesto. If desired, add a light layer of pesto to your tomato tart on puff pastry. I would recommend add this below your first cheese layer after you pre-bake your puff pastry. Alternatively, you could use pesto and skip the cheese if desired.
  • Try different fresh herbs. Try different fresh herbs in addition to, or in place of, the basil and parsley. Thyme, oregano, and chives would all be wonderful on a tomato tart.
  • Drizzle your tart with balsamic vinegar or a balsamic reduction. Just before serving, adding a drizzle of balsamic or a balsamic reduction would be a lovely touch.
 
Modifications for dietary restrictions: gf, vegan, egg-free
This puff pastry tomato tart is vegetarian as written. A simple modification can be made to make this into a gluten-free tomato tart as well. You can also make this tomato tart vegan and egg-free with a few changes too!
  • To make this tomato tart on puff pastry gluten-free, purchase a gluten-free frozen puff pastry (or make your own if you’re feeling ambitious).
  • If you’re looking to make this into a vegan tomato tart, a few changes need to be made. Making these changes also makes this tart egg-free:
    • First, ensure the puff pastry you’ve purchased is vegan by reviewing the ingredients list (some are, some are not). 
    • Swap the egg wash for a vegan-friendly wash. A popular choice is using aquafaba. Doing a little research, it appears using vegetable oil or olive oil is another option for this as well (and would taste good with this).
    • Use a vegan cheese substitute of your choosing.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 420IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Ginny Housum says

    5 stars
    This tomato puff pastry tart was great. I expected it to be too light for a dinner but in fact it was substantial enough to feed our whole family when paired with a side salad. We had an abundance of home grown tomatoes, and they were delicious with the other tart fillings. More bland cheese than Meredith recommended worked well too—I mixed in some Emmenthaler and the dish was quite tasty. The directions in the recipe were spot on! I will try more of Meredith’s creations.

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      Oh Ginny, I’m so happy to hear all of this! Thank you for trying this recipe out, I’m glad it was a hit with your family!

  2. Sam says

    5 stars
    I cannot even begin to say how delicious this tomato tart is…well, yes I can. Because I made it and it was not only mind-blowing delicious, it was also easy to make. My kids even helped! Highly, highly recommend!

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      Hi Sam! I’m so happy to hear that you LOVED this tomato tart too! And it’s always a win when the kiddos can help. Thank you for making my recipe! 🙂