Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Tarts

I’m sitting in Heathrow right now taking advantage of the free internet from Starbucks before we head to Vilnius via Helsinki in a couple of hours! I’m a planner by nature and usually take charge of organizing all the details of our vacations, but this time Apolinaras has done everything and I have to admit that I could get used to just going along for the ride and not worrying about the details! We’re touring the entire country and visiting many of his family and friends – I’m so excited!

Before we left, I was frantically finishing up a couple recipes for contests and didn’t have much time to whip up any treats for my blog, but I found this goody that I made back in December that was just waiting to be shared. Puff pastry shells are filled with a sweetened goat cheese and topped with balsamic strawberries, which makes for a very tangy dessert.

We’re going to be here for 2 weeks and while I won’t be posting as often as usual, I do have a couple of fun posts ready to go – one of which involves chocolate cake and one of which is a giveaway, so stay tuned!

Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Tarts
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 (10 ounce) package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells
6 tablespoons high quality balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups chopped strawberries
6 ounces goat cheese
3 tablespoons milk
6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Directions:
Prepare the puff pastry shells according to package directions. Let shells cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes, and remove tops.

Meanwhile, heat balsamic vinegar and granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and a thick syrup forms. Remove from heat and mix in chopped strawberries.

Mix goat cheese, milk, and 6 tablespoons powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop goat cheese mixture evenly into the cooled shells, followed by the balsamic strawberries. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon powdered sugar over the filled pastry shells. Makes 6 tarts.

Nutrition: 345 calories, 18.4g fat, 1.5g fat, 9.0g protein per tart
Cost: $1.75 per tart

32 Responses to Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Tarts

  1. Dude I didn’t even know you were going anywhere?!?!?!? Have fun! And be safe. And eat good food!

    These little tarts look delicious. Balsamic and strawberry is a taste made in heaven.

  2. wow, have a great time, kerstin! you’ve signed out with a phenomenal little nibble–i love how dark your berries became after drinking up all that balsamic. tasty.

  3. This sounds amazing, but my husband is allergic to strawberries. Has anyone tried it with a different berry? Maybe blackberry or raspberry?

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip!

  4. posting while in the airport? now that’s dedication 😉 these sound absolutely wonderful!! what a perfect pairing–goat cheese, balsamic, and strawberries…

  5. this is definitely MY kind of tart! I don’t usually like to eat tarts (but I do love looking and baking them), but this is one un-sweet version that I would love!

  6. I love this combo. I have a recipe for strawberry balsamic truffles that I have been meaning to make. This sounds fantastic. Enjoy the vacation.

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