Vegetable Tartlets with Pesto Sauce

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I love puff pastry! Be it sweet or savory, it manages to win my heart each time. The buttery crunchy bite is so amazing that it always makes me ask for more. Swirl them or fold them, make a knot or stuff them, these light flaky warm bites have always been one of my favorites. The smell of a freshly baked pastry is so comforting that it can instantly switch my mood from sad to happy 🙂

Making puff pastry at home was out of the question until I saw the pastry sheets in the frozen section of the grocery store.. where they were rolled and packed neatly. This is what the blogging world is doing to me. I learn something new every day.. a new recipe, a new technique or a new cuisine. How ignorant was I to think that these puff pastries could only be baked in professional bakery shop!

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The only downside is the amount of calorie it contains.. makes me feel a little guilty. But a little indulgence once in a while can’t be that harmful! Friday evening is all about indulgence for us. Make a nice tall glass of cocktail, put on a nice movie, curl up in the couch and enjoy the evening.

These tartlets with vegetables and pesto sauce are just perfect to go with any drinks. I was not sure how it would turn out and hence, I made in less quantity. Although later, we wished there were more 🙂

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Vegetable Tartlets with Pesto Sauce


  • 2 frozen puff pastry sheets, 5" x 5", each cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 to mato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Pre heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Place parchment paper on the baking sheet and arrange the pastry sheets on the paper.
  3. Using a fork, make few holes in the pastry sheets. This will avoid the puffing up of the sheets. For better result, place another baking sheet on top of the pastry sheets.
  4. Bake the pastry sheet for about 15 minutes.
  5. In another baking sheet, arrange the vegetables in a uniform layer. Drizzle some oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Let the vegetable roast in the oven for 20 minutes.

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While these get baked and roasted, you can make the pesto sauce

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 to 5 pecans (You can use walnuts or pine nuts too)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs cream (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions :

Add all the ingredients in food processor and grate it to a fine paste.

I like to add a little cream to pesto sauce so that it doesn’t taste too pungent. You can totally avoid it.

Arranging the Tartlets

Spread some generous amount of pesto sauce on the baked sheets.

Top it with the roasted vegetable and garnish with some cheese.

Bake it at 375 F for about 15 minutes and serve it warm.

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It was absolutely delicious and I am going to make these again sometime SOON! 🙂

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  • Plateful
    June 6, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Oh yea, puff pastries are so versatile and so yummy in recipes! Your mini tarlets look so cute and delIcious, would love to sample them NOW 🙂 I have a recipe for pizza using puff pastries, check it out if you are interested.

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
    [email protected] in disguise
    June 6, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    I love puff pastry is so versatile!
    ou tartlets look amazing

  • thepickyeater
    June 7, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    the 2nd image is so beautiful ! love the styling ….i like the addition of pesto sauce as a spread 😀

  • Sarah
    June 7, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    such perfect little beauties these are!

  • nisha
    June 7, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    yummm they look..soo simple yet quite fancy

  • Priyanka
    June 7, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Looks so delicious…………..

  • jeyashrisuresh
    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Very new and inviting recipe with beautiful clicks too

  • Jenny @ Savour the Senses
    Jenny @ Savour the Senses
    June 7, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Yum! These look so delicious and perfect for a get together. Thanks for sharing. =)

  • Joanne
    June 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Can you believe I’ve never actually made anything with puff pastry? Sad but true. These little tartlets look delicious! Love the veggies and the pesto!

  • Faith
    June 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Your tartlets are beautiful, what a perfect little bite of summer!

  • torviewtoronto
    June 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    deliciously done with puff pastry love puff pastries and this looks like lovely for snacks as well

  • Tanvi
    June 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Puff pastry are my fav too.Always have some in the freezer.These tarts look so so good.I have never baked cucumber- that sounds delish!!

  • rebecca
    June 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    this is a fun dish love it and a little calories once is a while is ok

  • Liz
    June 7, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    These looks fantastic…so many different veggies would work with these 🙂

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    June 7, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    This could be awesome snack, wonderful idea…I love your mouthwatering photos..yummy!!!!

  • sally
    June 7, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Yum! These look like perfect appetizers for a party.

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    June 7, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Healthy and yummy bite can be done in your own kitchen..Love the pesto too…

  • Bibi
    June 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    I am a big lover of puff pastry myself. It is so easy to work with and it’s so versatile that you can make it sweet or savory.Your tartlets look absolutely delicious.

  • Manu
    June 7, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    These look really yummy! Great idea for a snack or “aperitivo”! I am sure they taste delicious!

  • shabs
    June 8, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    I too am a big fan of puff pastry and it is not a surprise coz whatever I like are too darn fattening 🙁 . The possibilities are endless with puff pastries and these tartlets look super cute and the best part is atleast the topping is healthy , well balanced ;).

  • Joyti
    June 8, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    I keep meaning to make my own puff pastry. I usually make shortbread-style pastry…
    The tart looks delicious. Very colorful!

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    June 8, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    These look fantastic..looks very easy to make and sounds delicious!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    June 8, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    Oh this looks so delicious! I am always looking for ways to use up my garden’s radishes since nobody else in my family likes them. 🙂

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    June 8, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    loved the cute looking tartlets & the topping on it is a killer ! good one kankana !!

  • leaf (the indolent cook)
    leaf (the indolent cook)
    June 8, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    What an absolutely gorgeous snack! They look so inviting.

  • Katie
    June 8, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    What beautiful pictures. I think that the veggies balance out the guilt from the puff pastry. These look fantastic and I bet they are so good. I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day 🙂

  • Rosa
    June 8, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    So pretty and appetizing! Wonderful little nibbles.



  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    June 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    How simple this would be great as a starter! wow!

  • briarrose
    June 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Mmmm….pesto and puff pastry….what a great nibble.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    June 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Yum, I love pesto, this sounds so tasty!

  • tigerfish
    June 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    You are making more? Share some! 😀

    It is like a mouthful popping of delight!

  • CHeryl and Adam @
    CHeryl and Adam @
    June 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    It’s important to have one day a week when you can just let go and eat anything you want. We do a movie night, too, and anything goes food-wise, sometimes over the top, sometimes, hot dogs and BBQ potato chips! I’m thinking this will be a nice appetizer at our next get together. Lovely , thank you!

  • Tiffany
    June 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    I love puff pastry toooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! And this is the perfect summer treat!!!

  • Damaris @Kitchen Corners
    Damaris @Kitchen Corners
    June 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    long live puff pastry

  • Miriam
    June 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    This is perfect for my family! [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    June 9, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    How cute! I bookmarked this for next potluck or party appetizer! Thanks for sharing this. Looks delicious!

  • Neha @ All things beautiful...
    Neha @ All things beautiful...
    June 9, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    The recipe looks absolutely delicious…I’m going to try this real soon! I’m glad I found your blog!

  • Taste Junction
    Taste Junction
    June 9, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Looks lovely…I too made matar paneer tarts recently and they were so yum!! Seriously an indulgence.

  • sonia
    June 9, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Hi Kankana, This is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    June 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Thank you so much for all the visit and the lovely comments 🙂

  • Kimberley
    June 9, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Delish! I bet you could make this with little squares of pizza dough too.

  • the good soup
    the good soup
    June 9, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Hi Kankana, it’s been awhile! I’m sorry, my blog hopping has been falling behind all that life is throwing my way at the moment. But it’s nice to be back. I just wanted to say hello and it’s lovely to see your smiling recipes again!
    Cheers, Angela

  • Tiffanee
    June 9, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Oh wow! These look amazingly delicious!!

  • Deborah
    June 9, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    I love pesto, and I love puff pastry – this sounds great!!

  • Lakshmi
    June 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Looks like u read my mind …i was thinking of posting a pesto recipe, and just went and bought basil.. the tartlet looks so inviting.

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    June 13, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    I can see why you wished there were more! These look SO good! I love that you used pecans in your pesto as well – that sounds delicious. What a great canape to serve with drinks! Thank you for sharing these with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop 🙂

  • Krithi
    June 15, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    I was wondering why I wasnt getting your blog updates on my google reader, now found out that it was referring to ur old url.. corrected now.. time to catch up on recipes I missed out.. This one sounds fantabulous.. perfect party pleaser.. gonna try soon..
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