No time? Quick & Easy Whipped Feta Puff Pastry Tart
Needless to say how happy we are that the summer is just around the corner. It was about time! This winter lasted way too long!
And since the weather is getting warmer we wanted to share with you a recipe that is both quick and easy. For those difficult hot summer days that we all want to eat light meals as fast as possible.
Because let’s face it; Being in the kitchen over a hot pot during summer it’s not the best idea for having fun. Thus this recipe is exactly what you want for these days.
About the tart
A tart that’s ready in less than half an hour? That’s what this recipe is all about. Quick and easy was the theme, when we were researching about this recipe for the blog. Because when your life is in on a fast track, your cooking should better be as well. So quick and easy it is!
Using frozen store-bought puff pastry (guilty!!!) is the first step. You can make your own, but remember the theme here! We are pretty sure that homemade is far better and tastier but that requires a lot of time.
A few years back we have posted another recipe that we truly like and it’s quite underestimated in our humble opinion. It’s the Greek Salad Puff Pastry Pizza. In this recipe we used… you guessed it right: Puff pastry, as the base for this pizza. It turned out delicious! Simple, quick and easy.
With that in mind, we went on to choose the filling for the tart. The filling should also be simple and easy to make. The answer for this was right in front of us. A variation of one of our top recipes on this blog and on our Pinterest account, the whipped feta spread.
We added mayonnaise instead of yogurt, chili flakes, balsamic vinegar and dry oregano. So Mediterranean, right? This variation of the spread complemented perfectly the cherry tomatoes that we added on top. It turned out amazing! We were so excited that we decided that this is IT: the new recipe for the blog. And you know what? We are 100% sure you are going to love it too. This tart is a winner!
A versatile recipe
Did we mention how versatile this recipe is? You can make it your own by adding the toppings of your choice and create something completely new. For instance, thin slices of peppers or onions (or both).
As all quick and easy recipes of this kind, this tart can be served as an appetizer, a snack or as the main serving on any party, movie night or game night. Your family and friends will be thrilled!
But you can also serve it as a main after a long day on the beach. It’s so easy to make that you will have lunch on your table in no time at all.
You really have to give this a try. So let’s see how you can make it!
- 400g (1 sheet / 14oz), puff pastry*
- 250g (9oz), feta cheese
- 90g (3/4cup / 3oz), mayonnaise
- 2 garlic cloves, cut in half
- 1tbsp (15ml), extra virgin olive oil (and a little more to drizzle before baking)
- 2tsp, balsamic vinegar
- 1 ½ tsp, chili flakes
- 1 ½ tsp, dry oregano or dry thyme
- ¼ tsp, black pepper
- 350g (about 10pcs / 12oz), cherry tomatoes, cut in half
*If you using frozen store-bought puff pastry, make sure to thaw it, by removing it from the freezer 2 hours before using it.
Place a parchment paper on a baking sheet and place the puff pastry on it.
Use a fork to pierce the surface of the puff pastry (pic.1). Set aside. During summer, we suggest that you place the puff pastry on the fridge at this point, until you prepare the whipped feta.
Preheat the oven at 180°C / 356°F (convection oven).
On a food processor, crumble and add the feta cheese, and the mayo (pic.2).
Add the garlic (pic.3) and the olive oil (pic.4)
Then add the balsamic vinegar (pic.5) and finally the spices (pic.6)
Pulse the ingredients for a minute or two. Scrape down as necessary (pic.7). Continue pulsing for a smoother result (pic.8)
Spread the whipped feta mix evenly on the puff pastry, making sure you cover most of the surface (pic.9-10), living a few 1,5-2cm (about ½ in) empty around.
Turn these empty sides of the puff pastry over, creating a frame. Pinch the corners (pic.11). Place the cherry tomatoes on the whipped feta, sliced side down, creating 4 rows of about 5 cherry tomatoes each (20 halves / 10 whole cherry tomatoes) (pic.12).
Drizzle the cherry tomatoes with some extra virgin olive oil (pic.13).
Bake the puff pastry tart at 180°C / 356°F (convection oven) for 15-20 minutes, depending on the oven.
Once ready (golden brown), remove the baking sheet from the oven and set aside for a few minutes, before cutting it into square slices.
The lines created by the cherry tomatoes will help you to cut the puff pastry more evenly.
Enjoy it as a side dish, an appetizer or as a snack in any party or game night.
1. You can replace the dry oregano with dry or fresh thyme. The result will be equally delicious.
2. This recipe is very versatile, regarding the toppings you may use. Be creative and make your it your own!
3. You can use the whipped feta mix, individually as a spread, on toasted bread. Or as a dip for raw vegetables like cucumber, carrot or zucchini sticks.
4. This tart is better served warm, but you can easily enjoy it in room temperature just as well. Just make sure that during summer this tart must be consumed soon. The feta cheese and the tomatoes are sensitive to summer temperatures. You can also store in the fridge and reheat in convection oven.