Puff Pastry Cheese Tart

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A super easy puff pastry cheese tart appetiser that can be made with  few ingredients and with flexible topping. 

We love to have impromptu gatherings and friends over for nibbles and drinks at odd times or shall we say happy hours.

My secret to quickly make something without much prep or thought is to make puffs or tarts.

This spicy chicken patties is another trick to disguise leftovers into a new avatar.

A freezer ingredient that you will never find my freezer devoid of is a pack of pre-rolled puff pastry or shortcrust pastry dough.

Puff pastry savoury tarts are my rescue boats, always a smooth sail.

This puff pastry cheese tart recipe is one I made with whatever ingredients I had in hand.

This is what makes tart recipes using puff pastry or any pastry for the matter so versatile and flexible.

Start with a basic pastry roll, choose different toppings, bake and serve.

Benefits;

Cleared leftovers

No fuss baking

Mess free kitchen

Happy you and

Singing your glory guests

Ingredients for Puff Pastry Cheese Tarts

These are individual pastry tarts which means they are good as appetisers  and great for potlucks.

You can also serve them with salad and turn them into a main meal.

Adding spices like cumin powder and chilli lend a hint of spiciness to the usual cheese tarts.

Here is a snap shot of the ingredients used:

Ingredients for making cheese puff pastry tarts

FRESH OR PANTRY INGREDIENTS

FOR THE TOPPING

Cottage cheese – 1 cup

Leeks, finely chopped – 1/2

Capsicum,finely chopped – 1

Mushroom, diced – 1/2 cup

Salami Slices, diced – 10 – 12 slices

Grated Cheese for topping – 3/4 cup

Roasted cumin powder – 2 tsp

Chilli Powder – 1 tsp

Butter for frying – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

FOR THE BASE

Puff Pastry Roll – 1 packet

Egg, beaten – 1

SPICES USED

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS 

Choose leftover dry dishes like stir fried vegetables or mince etc

For a gooey cheesy topping use a mix of mozzarella and with other cheese such as cheddar .

Chilli flakes for adding heat

SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS 

Substitute for meat – Make vegetables cheese tartlets and use extra cheese, mushrooms and capsicum.

Substitute for roasted cumin powder –  If you do not find roasted cumin powder add regular cumin powder.

Substitute for leeks – Use green onions or chopped regular onions instead

How to Make Cheesy Puff Pastry Tarts

This puff pastry tart recipe is so easy to put together and make.

You can skip the sauteing step and just mix the topping in  a bowl and load it on top of your individual puff pastries.

Below are the steps to follow:

STEP 1 

Pre heat oven to 180°C.

Melt butter in a pan and add the capsicum and mushroom and saute for 1 minute. Next add the remaining ingredients for the topping one by one and mix together for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool.

puff pastry cheese tart topping

STEP 2 

Line up the puff pastry on a butter paper and spread a thin layer of the beaten egg on to the pastry and cut into square pieces.

Puff pastry with egg brush

STEP 3 

Put a spoonful of topping on each square piece and top with some  grated cheese.

Puff pastry tart with toppings

STEP 4 

Bake the pastry on 180°C for 10 minutes.  Add the extra cheese topping after 10 minutes and let it melt. Serve with ketchup or sweet chilli sauce.

puff pastry cheese tarts recipe

Cooking Tips and FAQ’s

  • Sauteing the vegetables in butter is an optional step, if you like the veges to have a crunch then skip this step and simply mix the topping in a bowl without butter. 
  • If is is the soft fresh cottage cheese that you are using then do not saute it. 
  • You can use any cheese that you like
  • If you like the base to be crispier, bake the puff pastry base for  5 minutes before adding the topping and continue to bake until the base becomes golden brown in colour.

Can I use any other pastry other than puff

Yes, if buttery flaky pastry dough is not your thing oryou do not have it and are looking for an easy appetiser dish then you can use use shortcrust pastry instead.

Can I make this savoury puff pastry tart vegetarian?

Of course you can, I added salami as they were few of them lying in the fridge. Make these spicy puff pastry cheese tart without salami.

I do not have roasted cumin powder, is there any other spice I could use?

Roasted cumin powder can be a bit tricky to find. It is very easy to make you own roasted ground spices at home. Just follow this cooking with spices guide.

You can either skip using roasted cumin powder completely or use regular cumin powder.

If you are new to the idea of adding spices and herbs to your food and want to know what basic spices should you have in your kitchen then start here.

Puff pastry cheese tarts recipe

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Ingredients

FOR THE TOPPING
Cottage cheese – 1/2 cup
Leeks, finely chopped – 1/2
Capsicum,finely chopped – 1
Mushroom, diced – 1/2 cup
Salami Slices, diced – 10 – 12 slices
Grated Cheese for topping - 3/4 cup
Roasted cumin powder - 2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Butter for frying – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
FOR THE BASE
Puff Pastry Roll – 1 packet
Egg, beaten – 1
*Ingredients Needed

Directions

1
Pre heat oven to 180°C.
2
SAUTE THE VEGETABLES
3
NOTE - This is an Optional step, you do not need to saute the vegetables or cottage cheese but mix them together in a bowl instead.
4
Melt butter in a pan and add the capsicum and mushroom and saute for 1 minute.
5
Next add the remaining ingredients that is leek, roasted cumin powder,chilli powder, salami and salt and mix together for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and leave it to cool.
6
Line up the puff pastry on a butter paper and spread a thin layer of the beaten egg on to the pastry and cut into square pieces.
7
Put a spoonful of topping on each square piece and top each square with half of the grated cheese.
8
Bake the pastry on 180°C for 15 minutes or until the puff pastry turns golden brown in colour.
9
Add the remaining cheese and continue to bake until the cheese melts.
10
Serve cheesy puff pastry tarts with ketchup or sweet chilli sauce.