Take-out Tuesday, Pesto Pastry Squares with Roasted Red and Green

Here’s another impossibly easy appetizer we enjoyed over the holidays, and with all the football games going on, you might just want to whip this up to enjoy over New Year’s~

Pesto pastry squares thepaintedapron.com

Like yesterdays Romaine Spoons with Pear Compote, it is a combo of one of my favorite recipes, Asparagus in a Cloud and several recipes floating around Pinterest


The vegetables roast while the pastry cooks, making quick work of preparing this irresistible appetizer or side dish

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Unroll 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry and spread with a thin layer of pesto.  Top with a thin layer of mayonnaise.  Top that with shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese


Rinse asparagus spears, wrap in a kitchen or paper towel and microwave for 2 minutes.  Cut into 1-2″ pieces and lay in rows atop pastry.  Add tomato halves. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and season with salt and pepper

red and green roasted pastry squares thepaintedapron.com

After baking at 400 for about 30 minutes, cut into 4 rows, and then into squares, 5 per row

Pesto Pastry Squares with Roasted Red and Green

15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 20 squares


  • 1 sheet 1/2 box, frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1 bunch asparagus, about 30 spears tough ends broken off
  • 10 grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese


  • Gently unfold dough and roll out just a little.
  • Spread dough with a thin layer of pesto sauce. Top pesto with a thin layer of mayo.
  • Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.
  • Rinse asparagus and wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 2 minutes until crisp tender.
  • Cut into 1 inch pieces and lay in rows on pastry.
  • Top with tomato halves.
  • Drizzle with a scant amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Cut into 4 rows, and each row into 5 squares.
Keyword asparagus & tomato tart, Christmas appetizer, Pesto Pastry Squares with asparagus and tomato

Pesto pastry squares thepaintedapron.com

This would make a great brunch or a luncheon dish with a side salad


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9 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Pesto Pastry Squares with Roasted Red and Green”
  1. Great for New Year’s Eve and my family will love it. Love the pics!

  2. Wow! I love this idea! I might try it with focaccia bread!

  3. Mary says:

    Sounds delicious Jenna and quick & easy too! I would never have thought to layer mayo with the pesto and parm. Wishing you a delicious New Year 🙂

  4. Emily says:

    I love easy Jenna, but this sure fits the bill. Not only easy but it looks beautiful and I like the idea of how easy to serve. I will most definitely make this for my guests. Thanks for sharing this one.
    Happy New Year…………

  5. Marigene says:

    Jenna, you always come up with wonderful, easy to make, pleasing to the eye foods! This is something I will be trying soon. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy New Year!

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