Jackson had to bring something to work for a morning tea last week. He said to his colleagues ‘don’t worry, my girlfriend will make something for me’. They laughed. Little did they know that I jumped at the chance and did not hold back.
I decided to make something cheap, simple and savory; baking isn’t my thing. These would be perfect for party snacks, an entrée or contribution to a morning te/dinner party/nibbles and drinks. (for the pizza version of this dish click here )
Roast tomato pastry bites w/ caramelized onion, boccochini and basil
Ingredients: (makes 26) 3 sheets puff pastry, 1 egg, 3-4 tomatoes, 1 onion, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp caster sugar, a tub of fresh boccochini/mozzarella and basil leaves
- Defrost pastry and whilst defrosting (5-10 minutes) Slice your tomato in pieces approx. ½cm.
- Slice onion into rings and fry in a saucepan with the balsamic vinegar and sugar over a low heat for 5 minutes to caramelize. Preheat oven to 200deg.
- Slice each pastry sheet into 9 square pieces. Place on a lightly oiled baking tray and coat each square with a brush of beaten egg then place a slice of tomato in the middle. Place an onion ring on top of the tomato.
- Bake for 10 minutes until the pastry has risen and is almost cooked. Bring tray out of the oven just to top with some cheese. Place back in oven for 3 minutes or until cheese has melted
- Remove, top with a basil leaf and let sit for 5 minutes before serving
They hold really well for the next day also if you want to make them in advance. They can be served cold or heated back up in the microwave or oven. They are amazing. Make them!
They were a hit at Jackson’s work so I made another batch to take into my work along with a few for my roommate. Pastries for all!
Next time I could even attempt to make my own pastry, someone said to me it doesnt count if you didn’t make your own pastry. I said boo 🙁
Has anyone made their own pastry? Is it worth it?