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Masala Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Tartlets

  • Author: Vasanti
  • Yield: Makes 9


A quick and easy recipe for an elegant and festive appetizer made with puff pastry, filled with masala-roasted butternut squash, and topped with goat cheese.


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm/Trader Joe’s), thawed
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • Garam Masala Roasted Butternut Squash with Leeks, for filling
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • 45 sprigs of cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped, for garnishing


  • Prepare the Garam Masala Roasted Butternut Squash with Leeks filling. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
  • Cut the puff pastry sheet into 9 equal squares.
  • Taking one of the squares, fold one of the edges to the opposite edge. Leaving a ¼-inch border, cut about ¾ of the way from the bottom of the triangle to the tip on both sides, making sure the cuts do not touch. Unfold the square.
  • Taking the top flap, fold it toward the 2 cuts near the bottom.
  • Take the bottom flap and fold it toward the top edge.
  • Press the corners gently to ensure they are stuck to the base.
  • Spoon the filling in the middle.
  • Top with crumbled goat cheese.
  • With the help of a spatula, transfer the prepared pastry onto an nonstick aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Similarly prepare the rest of the pastries and line them on the baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch around each pastry to allow for expansion during baking.
  • Do not over crowd. Bake it in multiple batches, if needed.
  • Bake for 15–20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm or at room temperature.

Keywords: Baking Recipes, Store-bought Shortcuts, Puff Pastry Recipes