It’s summer, and that means a fresh breath of air in the kitchen! Leafy greens, berries, fresh herbs, and a veritable rainbow of vegetables and fruit are just waiting to be used in delicious recipes.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to summer dishes, I prefer simplicity. I’d rather not spend hours upon hours in the kitchen preparing food, when that time is much better spent enjoying it – on the balcony or in your back yard, preferably in the sun.
So I thought I’d share a quick summery recipe that uses the classic duo of tomatoes and basil, and pairs it with feta (or a milder Mediterranean white cheese). There are only four ingredients in this dish, and you can prepare it in under 20 minutes, so it’s perfect as an appetizer for your next summer barbecue – or as a light dinner with a big green salad on the side (in that case I’d recommend this recipe for two persons).
Tomato feta packets
1 roll of puff pastry (butterdej in Danish)
6 cherry tomatoes
100g feta or Mediterranean white cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C (hot air). Roll out the puff pastry dough and cut it into six roughly square rectangles. Cut the tomatoes into small cubes and put one cubed tomato in the middle of each pastry square. Cut the white cheese into small cubes and evenly distribute between the pastry squares. Season with salt and pepper, to taste (depends a little bit on how salty your cheese is), and add some fresh basil. Make four small, diagonal cuts from each corner to the center of each pastry square, so you can fold the edges up to make little packets (as in the pictures below). Bake for about 15 minutes, or until they look ready! To serve, top off with more fresh basil, and if you like, a few drops of your favorite balsamic vinegar.
What’s your favorite summer appetizer?