Sweet Potato Pesto Tart

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Sweet Potato Pesto Tart – super easy vegetarian puff pastry tart with homemade pesto and roasted sweet potatoes. This will be a great vegetarian dish for the upcoming holidays!

sweet potato pesto tart

Happy Fall everyone! Yes we are officially into fall, isn’t it amazing. Of course that’s besides the point that it felt like 105 F here in Houston yesterday! Eeeks! Anyway I am excited for fall and upcoming holidays. There’s nothing like cooking and baking during this season. It’s like starting now, there’s some or the other festival/holiday after every few days. I really can’t wait.

Fall brings with itself a lot of my favorite things. I have to confess, my absolute favorite part about fall is the fall color. Gosh, Seattle is absolutely gorgeous during fall. I swear I can never have enough of it. It’s almost mesmerizing, I just keep looking outside my window and never get bored of it. My next favorite part about fall is of course the food! I had my 1st Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks yesterday and even though it was so hot, all the warm spices made me feel like fall was actually here.

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Apple, pumpkin, pears, sweet potato are some of my favorite things during this time of the year. I have always been a sweet potato fan. In India, we used to eat it roasted [not in the oven but on coal] with lot of spices and lemon. That is still one of my favorite ways to eat sweet potato, so good! But over the years I have found several way to love it – in a burrito bowl, roasted with cinnamon and maple and now this tart!

I combined 3 of my favorite things in this tart here:

✔ Sweet Potato

✔ Puff Pastry

✔ Pesto

The result? Really flavorful, easy and delicious tart ready in no time! I can never have enough of puff pastry, has to be one of the most magical thing ever! and of course you all know my love for pesto too so this tart is all my favorite things rolled into one. I think this will be a great vegetarian dish to add to your Thanksgiving menu too. I know there’s still a lot of time to decide on that but just saying!

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I used my kale walnut pesto here but you may very well use any pesto of your choice (homemade or store bought). Hope you guys give this sweet potato pesto tart a try and enjoy it as much as we did! Have a wonderful 1st weekend of fall!

 

Method

*Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Prick sweet potato with fork all over and then place on a baking tray. Roast the sweet potato at 400 F for 30-35 minutes or till knife goes inside the sweet potato easily. Let it cool. Peel and chop into cubes. Set aside.

 

Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add chopped onion and saute for 30 seconds. Then add garlic salt, salt, black pepper and mix.

Add spinach leaves to pan and mix.

Add dried parsley, cayenne pepper and cook for a minute till spinach is slightly wilted.

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Roll the thawed puff pastry sheet and cut it into 4 rectangles. For all the rectangles – leave margin on all sides and poke the center with fork. This way the center of the puff pastry won’t rise up as it bakes.

Transfer the tarts on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Now place 1 tablespoon of pesto on each of the tarts.

Place cubes of roasted sweet potato and then the prepared onion-spinach mixture on each. Brush sides with egg wash (for egg wash, mix 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water or milk).

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Bake the tarts at 400 F degrees for 15 minutes till puff pastry if nicely browned. Top with feta cheese (optional) and garnish with fresh thyme. Serve the sweet potato pesto tart immediately!

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* The prep time of 40 minutes, includes the time to roast the sweet potatoes (around 30 minutes).

* You may use any homemade or store bought pesto of your choice here.

Sweet Potato Pesto Tart

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Serves: 4 tarts

Sweet Potato Pesto Tart is a super easy vegetarian puff pastry tart made with homemade pesto and roasted sweet potatoes!
Ingredients
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 tablespoons pesto, homemade or store bought
  • feta cheese, to sprinkle, optional
  • thyme, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Prick sweet potato with fork all over and then place on a baking tray.
  2. Roast the sweet potato at 400 F for 30-35 minutes or till knife goes inside the sweet potato easily. Let it cool. Peel and chop into cubes. Set aside.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add chopped onion and saute for 30 seconds. Then add garlic salt, salt, black pepper and mix.
  4. Add spinach leaves to pan and mix. Add dried parsley, cayenne pepper and cook for a minute till spinach is slightly wilted.
  5. Roll the thawed puff pastry sheet and cut it into 4 rectangles. For all the rectangles - leave margin on all sides and poke the center with fork. This way the center of the puff pastry won't rise up as it bakes.
  6. Transfer the tarts on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Now place 1 tablespoon of pesto on each of the tarts.
  7. Place cubes of roasted sweet potato and then the prepared onion-spinach mixture on each. Brush sides with egg wash (for egg wash, mix 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water or milk).
  8. Bake the tarts at 400 F degrees for 15 minutes till puff pastry if nicely browned.
  9. Top with feta cheese (optional) and garnish the sweet potato pesto tart with fresh thyme. Serve immediately!

Sweet Potato Pesto Tart

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6 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Pesto Tart

  1. Oh, I love me some roasted sweet potatoes! (I prefer my sweet potatoes in savory dishes, not sweet dishes.) And I love pesto. And I love puff pastry. This tart sounds amazing, Manali! You’ve got all of the best savory fall flavors going on here…even if it still feels like mid-summer down there in Houston!

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