Nectarine, Thyme & Cheese Tart

Nectarine, Thyme & Cheese Tart

What to do with the creamy, decadent Supreme cheese that Ile de France sent me last month? I thought of a million things. Creamy pasta sauce, intense wild mushroom risotto, another decadent sandwich. But then I had a better idea. Why not top a sheet of puff pastry with nectarines, Supreme and thyme? A simple and pretty hors d’ouevre.

So that’s exactly what I did. And it was absolutely, ridiculously delicious. The nectarines were just the right amount sweet and tart. They melted in the oven coating the puff pasty and acted as a nice counterpart to the creamy Supreme. Sprinkled with fresh thyme and a little flaky sea salt, this was just about one of the best appetizers I’ve made in awhile. It was easy, impressive and delicious.

There’s no better appetizer than fruit and cheese, unless it’s fruit, cheese and puff pastry. Mmmmm!

Nectarine, Thyme & Cheese Tart
You can either make a large one as I’ve done, or use a round pastry or cookie cutter to cut the dough into rounds for individual-sized tarts.

14 oz. puff pastry dough (I love Dafour brand, but it’s pricey)
2 large nectarines, thinly sliced
7 oz. Supreme Cheese (I used Ile de France)
2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. coarse or flaky sea salt

Preheat your oven to 375°. Stretch the puff pasty out on a large, greased cookie sheet. Place the nectarine slices onto the pastry, covering it as evenly as possible. Repeat with the cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the pasty is cooked through and browned. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with the fresh thyme and salt.

Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into small squares and serve immediately.

Makes 10-12 hors d’ouevre or appetizer-sized portions.

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10 Comments

  1. Ok,
    this is INSANE.
    When nectarines come into the market, I will be making this.
    I am the tart queen!
    What a great idea Mel!

  2. Ha! Thanks Stacey. I kind of want to make it again this weekend, but I’m restraining myself.

  3. There is a lot of pressure to make effective use of a fine cheese…. and a tart is the mickeyfrickin way to do it. This sounds so intriguing and mouth-watering…. cheese and fruit is always interesting. Do you have a suggestion for a more common/cheap cheese that jobless hobos like myself could substitute?

  4. Kirby – Thanks! You can sub something with lots of flavor, like a colby or jack cheese. Probably even cheddar. Brie or Gruyere if your budget can stand it :)

  5. Oh, I’m drooling! All over my keyboard–ha! Added to my stumble page…

  6. I always have puff pastry in the freezer, and as soon as nectarines come into season here, I’m going to make this tart. Looks absolutely delicious!

  7. This looks so divine. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ands what to use if you don’t want to order “Supreme Cheese”? Any easy sub?

  9. Steve – Sure. Brie is the most similar, but Gruyere, Gouda or Edam would be good too. Anything that melts well will work :)

  10. Oh wow! So glad I came across your blog- this looks AMAZING!

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