I love cooking, I really do, I love doing pastry too, but honestly, it makes sense to buy some things ready-made. One of these things is puff pastry, and I proudly use it in this recipe.
Summer is the best time to use the fresh ingredients – tomatoes in this recipe are from my grandmother's garden, and I have been indulging in them for the past few weeks. Summer tomatoes are something else and love them in every shape and form.
Of course, you can use other fillings for these squares too – I like to use sliced mushrooms, zucchini, and even beetroot, but if using beets they need to be parboiled first as they take longer to cook.
Just a warning ahead of time that tomatoes from the oven are one of the hottest things on earth, so be careful not to burn yourself!
The squares are a nice treat for breakfast and work beautifully as a snack with a glass of wine.
Simple Tomato Bites
Cooking time: 30 min
1 pound store-bought puff pastry
5 oz grated (vegan) cheddar
3 huge ripe tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Take the pastry out of the freezer in advance so it would thaw slightly and become soft enough to roll out.
Preheat the oven to 480 F.
Roll out the pastry to about 1/3 inch and cut to 12 equal squares
With a sharp knife, cut the incision in about ½ inch from the edge of the squares – this helps the edges rise better.
Sprinkle the cheese in the middle of the squares.
Cut the tomatoes to thick slices, and arrange them inside the squares on top of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is crispy and golden.
Serve with loads of fresh basil.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: www.kahvliga.ee.
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