Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts and Summer Tomato Recipe Round-Up!

Garden Fresh Tomato Recipes for Summer! You’ll find recipes for Heirloom Tomato Pie, Hot Bacon Caprese Salad, BLT Bruschetta, Easy Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts, Cheese Straw Tomato Tartlets, Heirloom Tomato Tart with Bacon-Studded Crust, and a Farmers Market Bloody Mary!

Are you enjoying the bounty of summer tomatoes? I have a round-up of fresh-from-the-garden summer tomato recipes, along with quick and easy recipe for tomato tarts!

Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts

This tomato tart recipe starts with a muffin pan and a package of puff pastry for an easy summer appetizer! I found this recipe in the July issue of Southern Living Magazine, making a couple of slight changes. Of course, I had to add bacon since everything, including tomatoes, is better with bacon!


For easy cutting, use a pizza wheel, to cut along the fold lines of the puff pastry, then cutting in thirds horizontally so you end up with nine squares.

Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts

Muffin Pan Puff Pastry Tomato Tarts, recipe adapted Southern Living

Yield: Makes 18 tarts


1 (17.3-oz.) pkg. frozen puff pastry sheets, partially thawed

1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used slightly less)

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese (I used a Cheddar blend)

11 ounces multicolored cherry or grape tomatoes (about 3 cups), halved

2 tablespoons torn fresh basil

4 – 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped


Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently unfold both pastry sheets. Spread 1/4 cup mayonnaise on each pastry sheet; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Gently press squares into 2 lightly greased muffin pans. Divide cheese and tomatoes among tarts.


Bake in preheated oven until pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove pans from oven, added cooked chopped bacon, return to oven and finish baking. Let cool in pans on a wire rack 5 minutes. Top with torn fresh basil. Serve immediately.


We enjoyed this quick and easy recipe for tomato tarts. I’d like to make them again using pesto and Parmesan cheese.

You can find a printable recipe, here.


If you’re looking for more inspiration for those summer tomatoes, I’ve included some recipes from the archives.

Click on the link in red for the complete recipe.

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Bacon-Studded Crust

Calling all Bacon Lovers, here’s a pie crust worthy of summer heirloom tomatoes! Heirloom Tomato Tart with a Bacon-Studded Crust!

Heirloom Tomato Pie

Heirloom Tomato Pie

Caramelized onion, shredded mozzarella, bread crumbs, and herbs, topped with heirloom tomatoes in a flaky cornmeal crust!


Mini Tomato Tarts

Individual serving size, make the crust and caramelize the onion a day in advance for quick assembly the day you serve.

BLT Bruschetta

BLT Bruschetta

A bite size BLT in bruschetta form with a medley of baby heirloom tomatoes, basil mayo, lettuce and bacon!


Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio Salad

Heirloom tomatoes, sliced extremely thin with red onion, capers, shaved parmesan, basil, olive oil, salt & pepper.

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Hot Bacon Caprese Salad

Everything’s better with bacon, including the classic Italian Caprese Salad with the addition of a hot bacon dressing!

Cheese Straw Tomato Tartlets

Cheese Straw Tomato Tartlets

A good little party bite that marries a cheese straw with a tomato tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pie Crust Leaves

Here’s a last hurrah for those summer heirloom tomatoes with a nod to fall


Farmers Market Bloody Mary

Fresh-from-the-garden tomato juice, topped with some garden fresh veggies: pickled okra, cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, a sprig of parsley and basil and a celery stalk!


‘You Say Tomato’ Tablescape and Centerpiece


If you’re looking for more muffin pan recipes, you might enjoy Mini Pumpkin PiesParmesan-Crusted Crab Cake BitesMini Derby Pies, or Mini Shepherd Pies.

Summer Tomato Recipe Round-Up

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  21 comments for “Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts and Summer Tomato Recipe Round-Up!

  1. July 27, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I saw that tomato tart recipe, Mary, and even ripped out the recipe, but haven’t made them. Yours look spectacular and I like the idea of trying the pesto and Parmesan cheese with them. Your tomato round-up is perfect for all those homegrown, garden beauties. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    July 27, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Delicious!! Tomatoes will be coming on soon!! Can’t wait!, I agree everything tomatoe taste better with bacon..oh, nothing better than a BLT!! Yum, yum. 🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅

  3. Sherlie Magaret
    July 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Yum!!!!! These all look delicious.

  4. July 27, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Perfect timing, Mary, because we have a bumper crop of tomatoes around here (Cherokee Purple and Big Boys). I shall bake the tart this weekend! Wonderful post!


  5. July 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    You’re making my mouth water!! Such easy~peasy recipes that punch a lot of flavor along with such GORGEOUS photos! That hot bacon caprese salad looks awesome!
    I know you put a huge amt. of work into creating these beautiful blog posts & I truly appreciate all your hard work.

  6. Alice
    July 27, 2016 at 8:49 am

    You are a genius with a camera! And staging! They make me want to stop in my tracks and start making all of these recipes. And I’m going to make some if not all of them while the tomatoes in the garden are coming in. My neighbors and I thank you as I share.

  7. July 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Tis the season for tomatoes! I just saw these in SL yesterday Mary, and thought oh these have to be good! Love the ease of the puff pastry square crust and full of fresh tomatoes, basil and cheese, YUM! Love the fresh market plate and your mouthwatering photos, and your luscious round up!

    • Barb Kribbs
      July 6, 2023 at 8:17 am

      I really like the tomato feature. The flower arrangement with the berries (pokeweed) are you aware it is poisonous? I have made arrangements with it also.

  8. July 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Wow….great minds and all that….
    I am just trying to put the finishing touches (I tweak a wee bit too much) to my latest cookbook (tomatoes)…and I have a recipe very similar to the little tarts – puff pastry, tomatoes, etc…but I use a soft herbed chèvre Greek yogurt mix instead of the mayo and cheddar…

    Just yesterday I held a “help me title my tomato cookbook” contest on FB …it was fun…Now trying to decide which one to pick… ;-)

  9. July 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I so love tomatoes….but I must say, you had me at “bacon”….pinned away of all these fabulous recipes!!

  10. July 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Nom-nom… I’d like to try all of them! Enjoy the season’s bounty Mary:@)

  11. July 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Gosh, Mary…. I want to make them all … especially adding bacon! :) I do love tomato season.

  12. July 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Mary, I love tomatoes and your round-up is full of tasty recipes! Saw the recipe in SL, haven’t got around to making, but now I am inspired! Pam @ Everyday Living

  13. July 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    All these recipes sound great. I wonder which one you liked the best? I think I’ll try the muffin pan tart. I’m emailing a link of this post to my daughter and daughter-in-law. I know they will like these recipes.

  14. July 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Wow! What a great collection of tomato recipes! Perfect for the wayward tomato vine that just popped up in my yard this year. I don’t have a vegetable garden, but a little “birdie” must have decided I needed one and seeded my yard. I’ve got tomatoes like there’s no tomorrow! Looking forward to trying some of your delicious recipes!

  15. August 2, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Mary, I’m planning to make your bacon caprese salad for guests next weekend. I made it once before and loved it! I also want to make the Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad with peaches and chicken. Do you cook the corn and zucchini first or use it raw? It looks delicious. Thanks. Linda

    • August 3, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Hi Linda, We’re having Hot Bacon Caprese for dinner tonight, I just picked up some fresh mozzarella! The Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad a great pasta salad for summer! The zucchini I used raw and the corn we threw on the grill until the kernels had a little char, then cut it off the cob. :)

  16. Jain
    August 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    All looks so yummy, I haven’t had tomatoes in ages, living on the cold coast you never crave summer foods, it’s always winter here :-(

  17. Jan Froelicher
    July 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Your photos are gorgeous! Each and every recipe sounds divine, I can not wait to try them all. We had a large crop of the little sun gold tomatoes that are so sweet and delightful. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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