Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wine Club (and Tomato and Goat Cheese Tartlets)

A girlfriend and I were talking about six weeks ago about how we really needed some kind of girls' club. That is - a monthly obligation that could get us all together. We wanted something fun but that wouldn't really require too much prep work because let's face it - things are just crazy busy right now. 
Our first "meeting" was last week and I hosted. The premise is that everyone will bring a bottle of wine and an app that they feel compliments it. To prepare for hosting the girls in my home I pulled out these cute cocktail napkins. I have an entire drawer full of fun cocktail napkins but these seemed just perfect for wine club.

I also put together a little cheese plate. This one has some delicious parmesan that our local grocery imports from Italy, some Boursin from Trader Joe's (they have the best price), some salami, and some crackers. Cheese trays are just an easy app. You can really keep the ingredients handy and pull them out at the last minute. I always try to have a couple cheeses on hand in case we get to feeling hospitable at the last minute and need a quick app.

I chose a sauvignon blanc from Vin Master, a cute little wine shop in South End. To complement it I made mini tomato and goat cheese tartlets. Barefoot Contessa has a recipe for individual tartlets that sounded just divine. I just adapted it by using roma tomatoes and cutting my puff pastry smaller to make them resemble a picture I'd seen on Pinterest. These were so, so good. And they were pretty, too. They tasted like mini gourmet pizzas. Corey who was my guinea pig said they reminded him of these amazing tartlets we used to get in the city at our favorite French restaurant, Chez Jacqueline
  • 1 pkg. puff pastry, defrosted (Just toss it in the fridge in the morning)
  • Good quality olive oil - we buy ours from a cute olive oil shop in Charlotte and have ordered here as well
  • 1 large yellow onion - sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine 
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves 
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 4 ounces garlic-and-herb goat cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Basil leaves, thinly shredded
Unfold a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it lightly. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut 10-12 circles, discarding the scraps. Repeat with the second pastry sheet and place on two cookie pans lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Heat f olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are limp and there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. Add ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, the wine, and thyme and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Remove from the heat.

Using a sharp paring knife, score a ¼-inch-wide border around each pastry circle. Prick the pastry inside the score lines with the tines of a fork and sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan on each round, staying inside the scored border.

Place one-quarter of the onion mixture on the center of each circle. Place a slice of tomato in the center of each tart. Brush the tomato lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper. Crumble a little goat cheese on the top of each tart.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Serve hot or warm.


  1. I've seen those tartlets everywhere! I need to make them.

  2. Yummmm! Sounds like a good time to me!!

  3. Sounds so yummy! Some friends of mine and I are also trying to set up some sort of supper club. Love the idea!

  4. Looks amazing! What did everyone else bring?

  5. What a fun idea!

    Those tartlets look amazing!! Pinning the recipe now!


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