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Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tapenade Tartlets on Puff Pastry Squares

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Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tapenade Tartlets on Puff Pastry Squares

2 Comments 06 February 2013


Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tarts, The Jewish Hostess

This is a perfect appetizer for your Purim Party, and remember to keep it in your files as a topping for a Matzo round for a delicious  Passover lunch or dinner treat! Thanks so much to @born2shoplove2cook for submitting to @thejewishhostess via Instagram.

*A note on heirloom tomatoes: 

The popularity of these old fashioned tomatoes has increased among hostesses in recent years due to their refreshing flavor, texture, and crazy colors, and  also because of their historic origins. To be certified heirloom, these tomatoes have to be grown from seed that has produced the same variety of tomato for at least fifty years, and they must be certified organic by a recognized USDA organization.

Heirloom tomato seeds have been handed down from generations of tomato growers whose love of these tomatoes has been shared with their neighbors and communities. Their titles tell the tale of their origins and the farmers who have grown them. Varieties such as Cherokee Purple, Great White, Green Zebra, Nebraska Wedding, and Snow White Cherry are sweetly  juicy served on in recipes like the one below, or just drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper in a savory summery salad. I’m running out to buy my heirloom tomatoes NOW!

ENJOY!- Marlene

Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tapenade on Puff Pastry Dough


  • Mazor Dough mini puff pastry squares
  • 1/3 cup store bought olive tapenade
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or fontina cheese
  • 8 heirloom cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 5 Fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Directions:
  2. 1. Preheat the oven to 400
  3. 2. Remove mazor mini puff pastry squares from casing and use round cookie cutter for each square . ( if you prefer squares then leave them as they are ) about 16 rounds
  4. 3. Prick the pastry with fork
  5. 4. Place pastry rounds on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. 5. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the pastry rounds.
  7. 6. Place another baking sheet directly on top of the parchment paper ( this will keep the rounds cute and flat)
  8. 7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  9. 8. Remove the top of the baking sheet and parchment paper.
  10. 9. Spread tsp. olive tapenade over each round.
  11. 10. Place about Tbsn. Cheese on top.
  12. 11. Place 2 pieces of heirloom tomato on the cheese.
  13. 12. Bake for 7 minutes.
  14. 13. Remove from pan and sprinkle chopped basil and salt and pepper
  15. 14. Enjoy!!!!

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How to Create Your Own Elegant Seder Centerpiece

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How to Create Your Own Elegant Seder Centerpiece

1 Comment 21 March 2010

By Claudia Bildirici

Its so easy to craft your own centerpiece for the holidays. Your guests will think you hired a florist!

During theseder,  I like to have the seder plate set upon a bowl with floating flowers, so it can be revealed when  the eldest girl removes the seder plate from the table, (a yearly tradition).

Follow these simple instructions- please let me know if you have any questions! Just post a comment below!


-a round oasis ring at any flower shop 12″

-one bunch green roses

-1 bunch daisys

-1 bunch of any pretty green filler


-flowers – $18.00

-oasis ring -2 for $12.00


-Soak the oasis for a couple of hours using a large tin

-Trim the roses and daisys leaving only about one inch of stem

Now this is the fun part!

-Just stick the flowers in any order you want.

-I placed the rose one by one  to cover the oasis, then  I placed the daisies.

-Before I knew it the whole thing was full and gorgeous!

-I tried not to place flowers on the inside of the oasis …Knowing I was placing a bowl in the center

-Place a bowl in the middle of the ring.

-Fill the bowl with a little water and float flowers in the bowl.

-You are now going to top this with the seder plate.

When you remove the seder plate from the table you still have a  gorgeous centerpiece on your table!

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