These puff pastry caprese bites, made using ready-rolled puff pastry, are quick, simple and eye-catching. Perfect for any party table!
I like to slice the pearls in half, then slice a tiny bit off the curved end so it's more like a disc. This will help the mozzarella not to fall off the pastry when it's in the oven.
Can I make them ahead?
I think these pastry bites taste best hot or a little warm. If you want to get a head start on them you can cook the pastry squares first, then cool them and place them in an air-tight box at room temperature up to two days ahead. Then reheat for 1-2 minutes in a 200C/400F oven before adding the mozzarella and finishing the bites with the tomato and pesto toppings.
Can I make them gluten free?
Yes! You can use ready-rolled gluten free puff pastry in place of regular puff pastry. I find gluten free pastry doesn't go as
puffy (if you know of one that puffs nicely i'd love to know, drop me a comment please!), and it browns more quickly, so I bake it for a couple of minutes less. The gluten free ones still went down really
well when I last made them.
Other topping ideas?
I think the cheese element works well on these, but you can swap out the mozzarella for brie/camembert or your favourite meltable thinly sliced cheese - such as gouda or applewood.
Mix and match the sauce element with toppings such as chutney, red pesto, cranberry jelly, chilli jam
Then finish off a little crunch or bite such as pickled veg, bacon bits, slivers of beef or salmon.
Other party table/appetizer ideas?
Here are some of my favourites!
Nutritional information is per caprese bite.