Ahh, guys..do you know what makes me really happy? I mean, besides the obvious things like food...and food to wash down my food.
March. Yes, the mere fact that it is March is enough to put a HUGE cheesy smile on my face for 3 simple reasons.
- My car is no longer an igloo on wheels
- Spring starts in just a couple more weeks
- Easter (candy) is just around the corner
This time of the year is when super quick and easy appetizer recipes l-i-t-e-r-a-l-l-y come to the rescue, cape n' all . Between St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and the huge list of Bridal showers that happen around Spring time (perks of having a sister that doubles as a wedding planner), easy appetizers are a must.
Hear me when I say easy guys, I seriously mean like 5 ingredient easy.
- Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry sheets
- Fat-free Balsamic vinaigrette
Okay, okay. We also threw in a couple seasonings into the mix..but those are tooootally optional. 😉
To make these Balsamic Caprese Mini Tarts, I allowed the Puff Pastry sheets to thaw at room temp for about 30 minutes. I then unfolded them onto a floured surface and used a pizza cutter to make 9 individual squares from each sheet - 18 total.
I then topped each square with a little sliced tomato and a half slice of fresh mozzarella (fresh is the key here, it makes a HUGE difference compared to the shredded kind).
Add a little basil and into the oven they went to transform into something fab.
While they were baking, I made a super quick balsamic reduction on the stove. To do this, I just added a cup of fat-free balsamic vinaigrette to a small saucepan and boiled it on medium/high heat until a majority of the vinegar had evaporated.
What you're left with, is a thicker, sweet yet tangy, full-of flavor drizzle that is good on just about ANYTHING.
For more ah-mazingly creative ways to use Puff Pastry, check out their website here!
Serving Size 1 Mini Tart
Servings Per Container 18
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 6g 12%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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