two tarts – tomato basil & tomato cheddar

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, baking, Happy Hour at Home, recipes, snacks, summertime, Vegan

Roma tomatoes and fresh basil taste like summer. The flavors go so well together in so many ways, and when they’re fresh from the garden, the flavors are simply amazing.




Lately all of my romas and basil go into my juicer, but several weeks ago I needed an appetizer for a party and I wanted to make something with these fresh flavors. These are amazing fresh right out of the oven, and I suggest you have some that way, and they are good later – a perfect portable for a party.

tomato tarts – tomato basil and tomato cheddar

makes 16-18

3 roma tomatoes, sliced
8-9 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup Teese vegan cheddar, grated/sliced
vegan puff pastry (or this, also vegan)

Roll out puff pastry and cut circles just slightly larger than the tomato slices – this is easily done with a glass. Arrange pastry rounds on prepared cookie sheet, top half with cheddar and half with a basil leaf (or both!). Top all rounds with a tomato slice, bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes, until just slightly brown.


What are your favorite fresh flavors of summer?


{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 3, 2011 at 5:24 am

Oh love this flavor combo. It’s just so fresh and light. Perfect. Maybe that’s why spaghetti sauce is so awesome: tomatoes + basil.


2 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

spaghetti sauce MUST have basil! 😀


3 Lisa August 3, 2011 at 5:43 am

This looks so good! I love the flavors of tomato and basil (well, anything with basil, really!). Thanks for sharing and inspiring :)


4 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

yep, basil goes with just about anything! 😀


5 Blog is the New Black August 3, 2011 at 5:55 am

Love how mini these are!


6 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

fun, right? 😀


7 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 3, 2011 at 6:08 am

These are so cute — I like how simple they look (and how simple they are to make!)


8 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

so very easy! sometimes the simple things taste the best!


9 Jess August 3, 2011 at 6:40 am

I am such a sucker for tomato and basil in any format – it is the BEST combo ever. I especially love it scrambled into my eggs in the morning with a little laughing cow cheese thrown into the mix. mm.


10 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

Mmm, I want those eggs! 😀


11 katie @KatieDid August 3, 2011 at 6:53 am

These are so cute! I love mini finger foods :) Goat cheese and peaches I also love in the summer. They go hand in hand


12 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

I love minis too! in my opinion, goat cheese goes with pretty much anything! 😉 and peaches.


13 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 3, 2011 at 6:56 am

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!


14 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

thank you Kathleen!


15 lindsay August 3, 2011 at 7:05 am

those are so cute! i’ve used basil in everything lately! it so refreshing. No wonder you named your dog basil. tee hee.


16 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

ha – yep, Basil (the pup and the herb…) is my favorite. I still want another dachshund – a sister for B – and name her Rosemary…


17 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

So cute and simple – great party appetizer!


18 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

thanks, Rachel – that’s exactly what this was… and I made enough to eat a few on the way… 😉


19 christina August 3, 2011 at 7:19 am

precious. just precious. i love the tomato & basil combo!


20 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

tomato and basil… just meant to be together! (perhaps I should get a second pup and name it Roma!) 😀


21 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

summer for me = kiwis and oranges, and lots of basil. Oh, oh… and lemon!


22 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

Mmm, kiwis! I have been using a lot of lemon lately… and I LOVE to cook with it – a simple salad dressing or saute, perfect!


23 Missy August 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

It’s nice to see someone is not demonizing poor tomatoes for a change.

And tomatoe and basil were made for one another.


24 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

thank you, Missy! I hope I never have! I love tomatoes, especially my home grown romas. and since my dachshund’s name is Basil, I suppose we all know how I feel about that! :)


25 JL goes Vegan August 3, 2011 at 9:55 am



26 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 11:31 am

thank you, JL! hey, by the way, are you going to be in Portland later this month for Vida Vegan!?!? 😀 I hope to be able to meet you if so… weee!


27 JL goes Vegan August 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

Yes, and I’m arriving a few days early! Wanna play?! Lunch? Drink? Dinner? I get in on Wednesday morning! (going to Vegucated Thursday night, are you going?) WOO HOO!!!!


28 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 11:59 am

yay! yes, I think I have Vegucated on my calendar – better make sure! let’s definitely make plans to do something before it all starts!


29 JL goes Vegan August 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm


30 Trekky August 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

wow! These look amazing & very moreish!


31 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

they are, they really really are.


32 janetha @ meals & moves August 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

*squeal* these are so cute! you always have the cutest food!


33 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

they ARE squeal worthy, right? 😀


34 Meesh August 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Those sound amazing! Very inspired 😉


35 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

thanks, Meesh! they’re so good.


36 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons August 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

These are so freaking good! I made them for a brunch a few months ago and polished off more than humanly possible! I forgot about them though! so thanks for the gorgeous reminder – def making them again when the in-laws come into town!



37 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

oh, WOW I forgot you made something similar with biscuits (just looked it up after reading your comment). pessa totally didn’t (mean to?) steal, you know?? :) and yours are even easier because the biscuits don’t ned to be cut!

if I’m trying to keep it vegan I think the biscuits have milk and or butter products in them tho.

hope all is going fab with the packing and the boxes and the bubble wrap and the packing. do you have ferret help?


38 Pure2raw Twins August 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

these are too freakin cute!!! I love fresh basil and tomatoes in the summer time! Perfect pairing :)


39 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

YES basil and tomato – the best flavors ever!


40 (what runs) Lori August 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

Of COURSE this looks incredible. So so so simple.

We have so many tomatoes in our garden- oh store-bought just cannot compare!


41 hihorosie August 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

oh my gosh! Those are so cute and so perfect!


42 Stephanie @ August 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Holy Moly! I missed this one until JUST NOW! And I’m in love—for all your garlic posts, you come out and slay me every now and again like here. *Loving* the tarts. *Loving*!


43 spabettie August 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I was thinking about these again today… I will be making them SOON. they are one of those simple things that taste amazing, you know? yes, you know! 😀


44 DessertForTwo August 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

Yum! These look great.

I’m really enjoying your posts on StumbleUpon, but currently, you’re too maxed out to receive any shares from other people. Did you know this?

Happy Friday :)


45 camille August 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

Those are gorgeous!


46 spabettie August 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

thank you, Camille!


47 Johnston September 8, 2011 at 6:05 am

these look perfect!!


48 Anne Jaeger September 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

we made these over the holiday weekend, TWICE! thank you for inspiring the most popular appetizer at our bbq, this is now an entertainment staple in our house, so easy and SO YUMMY!


49 Kathie September 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

stumbled this third time, I suppose is a charm, right? these sound delicious and… easy! thanks!


50 Claire September 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

the best thing about this post is finding out that pastry is vegan! silly me, I never realized and just assumed it was not. THANK YOU – making these TODAY!!!


51 Nanette September 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

agreed, I was (happily!) surprised to find they are vegan – nice!!!


52 Danny September 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

my wife loves your website bettie! she made these for our weekend (football partys) and they were good. thank you! I am now looking for things she can make for dinner, she emailed me your website to do so. I do as I am told 😉


53 spabettie September 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

ha – thank you, Danny! please keep in touch about what you end up picking! let me know if I can guide to specific foods, recipes or flavors!


54 Caron February 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

these look like summer! (I bet they taste like it too).


55 spabettie February 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

that’s a great way to describe them!


56 Janani May 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I’m making this for a light summery dinner. Have you reheated them at all? I’m hoping leftovers will reheat well in the microwave tomorrow. Thanks for the cute dinner party recipe!


57 spabettie May 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

hi Janani! I have reheated these, but I used the oven, so they would be crispy. A microwave may make them soft/soggy, since the tomato is on there? You are so welcome, I know you will love these! Cheers!


58 Janani June 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

They were wonderful! I’m making them again. I don’t know if you have any advice on how to keep them from puffing up too much in the oven? I think half of my tarts had the tomatoes sliding off


59 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

hmm, I don’t know, I’ve not had this problem? put the tomato right in the middle, push down a bit? and maybe a thicker slice of tomato? glad you like them!


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