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Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free

Introducing the easiest appetiser you will ever make. It's my Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets – it's gluten-free finger food that effortlessly combines crisp, golden puff pastry with the savory richness of cheddar cheese and the vibrant freshness of cherry tomatoes. This recipe yields 36 mini tartlets, making it perfect for gatherings, and is cooked in just 15 minutes. These tartlets are a quick and easy treat to whip up for any occasion. Let's Begin!

Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free
Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free

Why you will love them

These Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets are not only delicious but also boast several qualities that make them exceptionally enjoyable to make:

Ease of Preparation: With just 15 minutes of prep time, this recipe is quick and straightforward. The use of ready-made gluten-free puff pastry simplifies the process, making it accessible even for those with busy schedules.

Impressive Presentation: The tartlets are visually appealing, featuring a golden-brown puff pastry base, vibrant red cherry tomatoes, and melted cheddar cheese. This makes them an elegant and attractive addition to any table or party spread.

Bite-Sized Enjoyment: The mini size of these tartlets makes them perfect for easy, bite-sized enjoyment. They're convenient to pick up and eat, making them a great finger food option for social gatherings.

Minimal Ingredients with Maximum Impact: Despite the simplicity of the ingredients, each component plays a crucial role in delivering a satisfying taste. The recipe achieves a delightful balance without the need for an extensive list of items.

Warm or Room Temperature Enjoyment: These tartlets can be enjoyed either warm or at room temperature, providing flexibility in serving. This makes them a great option for preparing in advance, allowing you to focus on enjoying the moment with your guests.

Watch How to Make It


Can I use regular puff pastry instead of gluten-free puff pastry? Yes, you can substitute regular puff pastry if gluten is not a concern for you. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the instructions for the pastry you choose.

How can I store leftovers? Store any leftover tartlets in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the oven at a low temperature to maintain their crispiness.

Can I customize the toppings? Certainly! Feel free to get creative with toppings. You can add ingredients like caramelized onions, different types of cheese, or even a drizzle of balsamic glaze for extra flavor.

Can I make these tartlets in a different shape? Absolutely! While the square shape is convenient, you can use cookie cutters to create different shapes for special occasions or to match a particular theme.

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Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free
Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free

Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free


Makes 24-36 (each sheet 20 x 15cm)

Prep 15 minutes

Cook 15 minutes

Please Note: The amount of tartlets made and the ingredients required may need to vary depending on the size of the pastry sheets.



4 sheets puff pastry, gluten-free (I use Simply Wize)

18 cherry tomatoes, sliced thick (approximately)

8 slices cheddar cheese, cut into 6 equal pieces

2 teaspoons dried oregano or thyme

48 fresh basil leaves

Olive oil spray

Salt and pepper




1.     The oven: Preheat the oven to 190°C fan forced.

2.     Preparing the pastry: Place each square of pastry onto baking paper and using a knife or pizza cutter, slice into 4-6cm squares (depending on the measurement of your ready-made puff pastry and how large you want them). Next using the back of a small spice bottle, push down in the center of each square to create an indent in the puff pastry. The goal is to create a shallow impression without tearing the pastry.

3.     Layering the ingredients: Begin by spraying olive oil over the entire puff pastry sheets. Next place a square of cheddar cheese in the center of each pastry square, covering the indentation created with the spice bottle. The cheese will melt and fill the indentation as the tartlets bake. Top each cheese-covered pastry square with a slice of cherry tomato. Sprinkle with oregano, sea salt and pepper.

4.     Baking: Bake the tartlets in the preheated oven at 190°C fan forced for approximately 15 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown, and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

5.     Cooling and serving: Allow the tartlets to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before placing a basil leaf on each and then pulling them apart and serving. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

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Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free
Cheese and Tomato Mini Tartlets, gluten-free

Recipe and Photography Margaret Pahos @CreateCookShare


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