These Caprese Pastries are a flavor combination that nobody dislikes. The herby pesto, tangy balsamic, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and basil is *chef’s kiss*. THAT on top of a buttery, flakey puff pastry is such a simple way to elevate all of those flavors.
I made this on a whim because I had puff pastry dough to use up and had all of the other ingredients on hand. My boyfriend said it was one of the best recipes I’ve ever made. Which feels odd to me, because it was unplanned and one of the easier dishes I’ve ever made – but I’ll take it!
I used this brand. However, I only grabbed it because it was all I saw at Fresh Thyme. Using Puff Pastry sheets would work perfectly and is also a much cheaper option. You just want pastry sheets that you will will roll out and cut into rectangles.
You do not. But here’s my reasoning as to why: Pre-shredded cheese in a bag comes with an outer coating of either potato starch or powdered cellulose. They toss it in this to avoid the cheese from sticking together in the bag. However, it also effects how the cheese melts (it doesn’t get as ooey-gooey as you’d want).
I like to get a block of mozzarella and shred it at home because it gets extra melty when you bake it. This also goes for if you’re ever making homemade pizzas, lasagna, etc. Anything that requires shredded mozzarella is going to be better if you get the block and shred it yourself.
The fresh log of mozzarella or mozzarella balls would also would for this recipe! I haven’t tried this however, so let me know in the comments if you do!
This is also known as reduced balsamic vinegar. It is a thicker version that is made by simply simmering a quality balsamic vinegar on the stove. Sometimes people will add molasses or brown sugar to sweeten it up, but it is not needed. It is perfect for drizzling on pastries, pizzas, and as a finishing touch on dishes to add a punch of flavor. Trader Joe’s has a very affordable and delicious balsamic glaze but it can also be found at just about any grocery store.
As always, leave a comment if you make this recipe or have any questions!