Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Red Pepper and Boursin Tarts

Source: Epicurious

2 red bell peppers, quartered lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced crosswise (I used bottled roasted red peppers)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (17 1/4-oz) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
1/4 cup herbed Boursin cheese (2 oz), softened
1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Cook bell peppers in oil in a large nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes, then cool.

Unfold pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface and cut out an 8-inch round from each. Transfer rounds to a buttered large baking sheet and prick all over with a fork, leaving a 1/2-inch border around edges.

Spread 2 tablespoons cheese evenly over each round, then scatter with peppers and sprinkle with thyme, kosher salt, and pepper to taste.

Bake tarts in middle of oven until puffed (as with other reviewers, the center of mine did not puff all that well, but the edges did and it was still very good) and golden brown, about 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool slightly.

Cut each tart into 8 wedges and serve warm.

Cooks' note: Tarts can be assembled (but not baked) 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Makes 16 hors d'oeuvres.
December 2001

I talked about this recipe HERE.

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