Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tomato Puff Pastry Appetizers

Up until the age of 15, I was taught to believe that alcohol makes you dumb and, as a child who prided herself on being smart, I was terrified of the stuff. It never occurred to me that my father, who has a beer or two with dinner every night, was a complete contradiction of that fact. By the time high-school parties rolled around, I was introduced to RTDs or "lolly water" and was amazed at how easy it was to drink! 

Dividing a pastry sheet into 9 squares
Of course, everything a teenager enjoys eventually becomes uncool

Upon starting my engineering degree, I was politely informed that no engineer should ever be caught without a beer in hand and that I should quickly procure a jug or two or kindly GTFO. So that was my first official introduction to beer. Of course I had sneaked little sips from dad's stash before but the fizzy, bitter taste completely put me off.

But now, at engineering events, I am rarely seen without a cold one in my hand but have come to the conclusion that beer is an acquired taste. Through countless conversations with my peers, I am convinced that nobody starts out liking beer but rather become accustomed to its taste over time. 

One thing that I must have with my beer, however, is food. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is complete without food and even the best beer should at least have some appetizers. Tomato puff pastries are one of my favourites to bring to parties as they are easy, quick and taste delicious! I bought them to the engineering pre-ball this year and they were quite the hit so I highly suggest you try them out.

Do remember to prick your puff pastry though..
The classic combination of tomato, cheese and Italian herbs is a winner and should not be tampered with. It is the perfect little appetizer as it is light, flavoursome not so overpowering. And the best thing? You can choose to make as many or as little as you want!

I couldn't wait to get to the party before trying one
And as for alcohol making people dumb? Judging by the hundreds of amazing engineers I've met over my 4 year degree, I have to say: HYPOTHESIS DISPROVEN.

Tomato Puff Pastry Appetizers

Ingedients (for each square):
1 puff pastry square
1 slice of tomato
1 Tablespoon shredded cheese
1 slice of onion (optional)
1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat your oven to 220°C
2. Slice your tomato into about 5mm thickness
3. Cut your puff pastry sheet into squares about the same thickness as your tomato slices. Remember to prick them with a fork so they don't puff up too much!
4. Place your pastry squares on some baking paper and sprinkle cheese on top
5. Add a thin slice of onion if using and top with your tomato slice
6. Sprinkle Italian herbs over the top and season with salt and pepper
7. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Keep your eyes on them!


  1. That looks so lovely and simple! I wish I liked beer more but sadly alas I don't really. Well it doesn't like me and I get allergic :(

  2. I go back and forth all the time on whether I like beer..but I've definitely learned to tolerate it...and maybe even enjoy it at times! I'm pretty sure I'd like it infinitely more if it always came with these delicious appetizers!

  3. These were definitely delish at the pre-ball =]

  4. Yes I always have puff pastry sheets in the freezer for this purpose, nice and easy and quick, and the kids love them (but better as mini pizza for them with tomato passata instead of a slice of tomato :-).


  5. These look amazing! And I love how simple they are.