Holiday Appetizers: Pear and Persimmon Tarts

Holiday appetizers that will impress your guests and only take 15 minutes to prepare!

With the holidays around the corner, we have started gathering a few of our favorite recipes that are great for last minute parties and quick appetizers. A simple puff pastry, combined with fresh seasonal fruit creates a tart that is both visually appealing and delicious.

We suggest during this busy season that you keep a few boxes of puff pastry in the freezer, your favorite cheese on hand, and a good supply of pears, persimmons and apples. With these few ingredients, you will have the perfect recipe, and more time on your hands to gather with friends and family.

Pear and Persimmon Tarts | Recipe on The Fruit Company Blog

Pear and Persimmon Tarts | Recipe on The Fruit Company Blog

Pear and Persimmon Tarts | Recipe on The Fruit Company Blog

Pear and Persimmon Tarts | Recipe on The Fruit Company Blog

A few favorite combinations:
Pears + Blue Cheese + Pancetta with a drizzle of honey
Persimmons + Goat Cheese + Pancetta with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
Figs + Blue Cheese with a drizzle of honey and flaky sea salt
Apples + Parmesan with sea salt and black pepper

Holiday Appetizers: Pear & Persimmon Tarts
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry (defrosted in fridge overnight)
  • 2 ripe pear (Red d'Anjou or Comice both work great), cored and cut into thin wedges
  • ½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 package of pancetta
  • 2 persimmons, cut into thin slices
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
More Topping Suggestions:
  • Thyme Sprigs
  • Figs
  • Apples
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Honey
  • Balsamic Vinegar
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, unfold defrosted puff pastry sheets. Using a 4" circle cookie cutter, or cutting 4" squares by hand, cut out the pastry dough. Set circles aside, Press the uncut pastry dough back together, with a rolling pin quickly roll it out and continue cutting out circles. Do the same with the second sheet.
  4. Place the cut out pastry dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets.
  5. Place 2 tablespoons of cheese on top of the dough. Layer with 1 piece of pancetta (if using) and place fruit over top.
  6. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Making sure there is 2 inches between each tart, place the baking pan into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, until puffed and golden.
  8. Remove from the oven, transfer the tarts to a cooling wrack. Sprinkle with additional cheese if you like. Serve warm or slightly cooled.
 

Ashley Marti is a blogger with a focus on simple recipes with big flavor that highlight seasonal and local produce. Styling for the family and home, a few DIYs, and our everyday Pacific Northwest adventures.

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