caprese tarts

I don’t post any recipes that I don’t really really like, but this recipe, I LOVE.  I wish i had about 20 more Caprese Tarts to eat right about now.

caprese tarts made with tomato, balsamic, basil, and mozzarella.  all on a bed of puff pastry.  AMAZING.

Caprese salad is one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations.  There’s just something about whole milk mozzarella, fresh basil, tomato, and balsamic.  Its so light, fresh, and delicious.  Throw some puff pastry dough in there…and you have my heaven.  I”m a new believer that Mini Caprese Tarts are the perfect appetizer!

caprese tarts made with tomato, balsamic, basil, and mozzarella.  all on a bed of puff pastry.  AMAZING.

Appetizers are my thing.  I love good dips, nachos, or spicy chex mix.  But these caprese tarts…they’re out of this world.  And the best part?…they’re SUPER simple.  4 ingredients and done in 20 minutes total.  My kind of food.

caprese tarts made with tomato, balsamic, basil, and mozzarella.  all on a bed of puff pastry.  AMAZING.

These are going to be my potluck contribution for every party I go to for the rest of my life.  IF I can get them out of the house before Pat eats them all.  That will be an accomplishment.

caprese tarts made with tomato, balsamic, basil, and mozzarella.  all on a bed of puff pastry.  AMAZING.


caprese tarts
cute and quick mini caprese tarts are the perfect appetizer!
Recipe type: appetizer
  • 1 package puff pastry dough
  • 5-6 roma tomatoes, sliced into 18 thin slices
  • 6 ounces fresh whole milk mozzarella, cubed
  • balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  1. preheat oven to 425F
  2. roll out dough on a powdered surface
  3. using the top of a wine glass (or biscuit cutter if you have one), cut out 9 circles per sheet of puff pastry.
  4. place circles on parchment lined baking sheet. if you don't have parchment paper, you can lightly spray a baking sheet
  5. using a knife, scour a inner circle into each puff pastry, about ¼ of an inch in. pierce the center of each circle 2-3 times
  6. place a slice of tomato on each circle
  7. drip 3-4 drops of balsamic onto each tomato
  8. top each tomato with some fresh basil
  9. place a cube of mozzarella on each tart
  10. bake for 12-15 minutes or until puff pastry is fully cooked and golden brown
  11. enjoy!



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Becky Hardin (480 Posts)

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  1. says

    I love caprese anything and these look delicious! I love that they are easy too- pinned! :)
    Stopping by from the SITS Girls Comment Love Tribe- just bounced around & followed you on most of your social media accounts. I look forward to keeping up with you on your culinary journey…

  2. says

    Yummmmm…… Caprese–one of my favorite combinations too! I’ve done a straight caprese with a balsamic glaze (and fresh tomatoes from the garden, of course), a caprese salad, a caprese pasta salad, and I’ve even done tarts. I’ve bought the already made phyllo tarts and added the cheese, tomato and basil, sometimes the balsamic drizzle. They are good too. I’ve never actually cooked the caprese though, so I have to try it! I’m sure it’s delicious as well!

  3. says

    Mini Caprese Tarts – one word – Delicious!! Oh, and another PINNING! Will definitely be making these. My husband saw the picture and was drooling over them!

    Thanks for sharing! #SITSBlogging

  4. Susan says

    These look awesome! Has anyone tried them cool or at room temperature? i plan to take them to a CSA pot luck.

    • says

      Hey Susan! I did eat them cold. I liked them better hot, but I still loved them cold. If going somewhere with an oven you could have them baked and just warm them up real quick when you get there! Thanks for stopping by :)


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