This Bacon Goat Cheese Tomato Tart with Puff Pastry is perfect to serve when hosting friends and family, or if you need a quick and easy dinner. A frozen store-bought puff pastry topped with crispy bacon pieces, dollops of goat cheese, and sliced grape tomatoes, truly such a tasty dish!
Tomato Tart with Puff Pastry
After picking an abundance of fresh tomatoes from my mom's huge garden, I came home with a bag full of ripe tomatoes and I knew I needed to put them to good use. Sure, I could use them in a fresh green salad, but I wanted to come up with something fun!
That's how I stumbled upon this tomato tart recipe. I knew I had a puff pastry sheet on hand, so I got to cooking up the most gorgeous tomato tart. We had goat cheese and leftover bacon from our breakfast of bacon and cheesy egg muffins earlier that morning.
The light honey and olive oil base to this flaky pastry is one of my favorite parts. It's a base I have used on other puff pastry recipes in the past, and I think it truly makes the dish.
This buttery puff pastry dish is perfect for an easy appetizer, but you can also serve it for dinner or as a side dish! Be whisked away to the south of France for dinner tonight and make this lovely French-inspired dish.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
You'll love this easy tomato tart recipe! It's going to be your new favorite way to use up summer produce.
- This recipe is very easily adaptable! You can change the flavors and toppings and make this tart fit whatever you need.
- Tomato tart is a great way to use an over-abundance of summer tomatoes. Don't let that garden fresh goodness go to waste!
- You can use this as a fancy appetizer or an easy dinner. It is without a doubt one of my go-to recipes for so many different occasions.
Check your fridge and pantry for these simple ingredients and add anything missing to your list before you run to the grocery store:
- puff pastry sheets
- extra virgin olive oil
- honey or maple syrup
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- Italian seasoning or herbes de Provence
- chopped cooked bacon
- sliced grape tomatoes
- garlic and herb goat cheese
Substitutions and Variations
If you want more of a savory appetizer, just omit the honey and use the olive oil part of the base. It's still a great base for the puff pastry!
Not a fan of goat cheese? Gruyere cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, blue cheese and even cream cheese would be great substitutes.
Add more protein to this dish by cutting up some baked chicken meatballs as a topping.
Take the bold flavors to the next level with fresh herbs like fresh basil and fresh thyme. For a tangy and sweet touch, you can add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze.
You can get really adventurous and make homemade puff pastry! The flavor would be absolutely amazing, just keep in mind it will add on quite a bit of time.
How to Make a Tomato Tart with Puff Pastry
Here's how to make a tomato tart with puff pastry:
Allow the sheet of puff pastry to thaw ahead of time. Once it is thawed, unfold the dough and cut it in half with a pizza cutter or knife.
Then, use a pizza cutter and score the edges of one half of the puff pastry about ¼-inch from the edge. If you do not have a pizza cutter, just use a small sharp knife to slice the edges of the flaky puff pastry crust.
Mix together olive oil, honey, salt, black pepper and seasoning in a small bowl. Then use a basting brush or pastry brush and spread the herb mixture over the puff pastry and inside the scored edges.
Add small spoonfuls of goat cheese onto the center of the puff pastry, along with bacon crumbles and sliced tomatoes.
Hot Tip: Make sure to put all of the toppings in a single layer on top of the puff pastry. You'll want the bottom of the pastry to crisp up and everything to evenly bake. Don't overload it with too many topping either!
Bake the tomato tart for 20-25 minutes at 350°F (177°C) until the edges are golden brown. Slice the puff pastry tomato tart into individual pieces and serve while warm!
What to Serve with Tomato Tart
If you're serving this tomato tart as an appetizer or side dish, there are plenty of wonderful main courses would pair well.
How to Store Leftover Tomato Tart
Allow leftover tart to cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within three days.
Freeze leftovers in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 2 months. To reheat, place in the oven at 350°F (177°C) until warm.
Tips for Success
Here are some tips and tricks for making the best tomato tart:
- If your puff pastry sheet is difficult to work with, place it on a lightly floured surface and then roll it out with a rolling pin.
- Keep the cheese, tomato, and bacon towards the center of the puff pastry. The puff pastry edge will get fluffy and keep all of the toppings on well!
- For an extra pretty presentation, add some egg wash around the edge of the savory tart before baking. It will make a pretty golden brown color!
Tomato tarts originate from the French countryside. It is a classic and refreshing dish served during the summer months with in-season tomatoes. The buttery crust and tangy flavor of tomatoes are a perfect light lunch, appetizer, or dinner.
This recipe calls for grape tomatoes, but you can use tons of different tomatoes! Cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and colorful heirloom tomatoes are all great options to use. This fresh tomato tart is extra yummy to make during tomato season when everything is extra ripe and flavorful.
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- ½ puff pastry sheet, thawed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon Mrs Dash Seasoning Blend, Italian Medley, 2 oz, Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
- 3 strips cooked bacon, chopped into pieces
- 6-8 grape tomatoes, sliced in half vertically
- ¼ cup garlic and herb goat cheese
- Remove puff pastry from the freezer ahead of time to thaw. DO NOT thaw in the microwave.
- Unfold puff pastry sheet once thawed and cut in half with a pizza cutter or sharp knife.
- Using the pizza cutter, score around the edges of the puff pastry, about ¼ inch from the edge.
- Mix together olive oil, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush mixture onto puff pastry, inside the scored edges.
- Arrange small spoonfuls of goat cheese, bacon crumbles and tomatoes around the center of the puff pastry.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until puff pastry is golden brown.
- Cut into individual pieces and serve immediately!
- You can use cherry tomatoes instead of grape tomatoes, if preferred. Grape tomatoes are the oblong ones, cherry tomatoes are smaller and round.
- Save the second half of the puff pastry for a breakfast puff pastry the next morning or this easy dessert one!
- Regular goat cheese is fine for this recipe too, but I prefer the garlic and herb goat cheese for a more complex flavor.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g