Here’s one of my favorite appetizers to serve when I am entertaining family and friends. These Asian Pear and Goat Cheese Tartlets are so easy to make thanks to the use of store-bought puff pastry (so convenient!). The sweetness of the Asian pears and the slightly tangy goat cheese is a mouth-watering combination.
This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled (as I’ve done on multiple occasions) to feed many guests. You can also make these tartlets the day ahead. When doing this, bake them just until they are lightly brown, approximately 18-20 minutes. On party day, simply reheat on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes at 375 degrees.
Watch the video below for instructions.
1 medium Asian pear
5 oz goat cheese
1 sheet puff pastry (I like Pepperidge Farm Dough Puff Pastry)
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 egg yolk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove skin from fruit and then cut into small pieces. Combine diced pears and goat cheese in a bowl and mix until cheese is creamy. Add sugar and cinnamon and mix together.
Remove frozen pastry from packaging and allow to thaw at room temperature for approximately 15 minutes. Gently unfold pastry sheet and lay it on a large cutting board. Allow to thaw for another 10 minutes. When the pastry is soft to the touch (doughy), it’s ready for the next step.
Use a rolling pin to flatten the pastry sheet. Start from the center of the pastry and roll outward to each end. Trim uneven edges with a small knife and then cut the pastry into 2×2 inch squares. Carefully peel one of the pastry squares and press into a mini muffin pan. (Note: the pastry will be thin. If you tear the dough just pinch it together–no worries, puff pastry is very forgiving!)
Spoon 1 tablespoon of filling into bottom of each tart. Lightly brush egg yolk on the tops of the pastry. Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.
Yields: 20 tartlets