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Pesto bocconcini tarts

A recipe from the Good Food collection.

Ingredients

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  • 6 small egg tomatoes
  • 6 bocconcini
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Pesto

  • 1 cup (30 g/1 oz) basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • ¼ cup (25 g/¾ oz) grated Parmesan
  • ¼ cup (60 ml/2 fl oz) olive oil

Method

1. Preheat the oven to moderately hot 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Cut the egg tomatoes in half lengthways and place them cut-side-up on a non-stick baking tray. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes are tender; remove and set aside to cool slightly.

2. To make Pesto: Place the basil leaves, chopped garlic, pine nuts and grated Parmesan in a food processor. Process until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Gradually add the olive oil with the motor running. Process until combined.

3. Cut each bocconcini in half. Cut the sheet of pastry into quarters. Place a spoonful of pesto in the centre of each pastry square and spread with the back of a spoon, leaving a 2 cm (¾ inch) border.

4. Arrange 3 tomato halves and 3 bocconcini halves decoratively on top of the pesto. Brush the border lightly with the beaten egg. Bake on a non-stick baking tray for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden and the bocconcini is melted.

Main ingredient:
Tomato, Cheese
Cuisine:
Italian
Course:
Snacks, Starter/Entree
Occasion:
Dinner Party

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