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  • Writer's pictureAlana Wynn

Turkey and Cherry Puff Pastry Tart

Updated: Jan 28, 2023

A red wine cherry sauce brings together this turkey and cheddar puff pastry tart.

puff pastry tart filled with cherry sauce, turkey and melted cheese.

How can romance be dead when it's wrapped in puff pastry? This Valentine's Day make an easy dinner at home that still gives the impressive oomph of going out to eat. An easy cherry sauce that you can throw together with that bottle of red you already have open, add in roasted turkey breast and top it with melted cheese to bring it together! Serve with a side salad if you are into that sort of thing :)

Red Wine Cherry Sauce

I'd be lying if I said this recipe wasn't inspired by Thanksgiving left overs, BUT cranberry sauce is just so good at cutting through a heavy meal. This sauce uses one pot for minimal mess and comes together in about 15 minutes. It uses frozen and dried cherries for texture, but you can easily just use all frozen (or fresh! depending on the season). The red wine cooks down to add a nice depth to the sauce and keep it from being too sweet. And trust me on the allspice! It lends a subtle flavor to it to keep things interesting. If you don't have any allspice you can sub it out for cinnamon.

Turkey filling

I decided to use turkey since I really only eat it once a year! Though if that is not your thing it can be subbed out for any other protein. Sliced chicken or pork would work wonderfully and I'd also go as far as to say soy products too! The beautiful thing with rustic tarts like this is you can really get creative when it comes to the fillings.

Puff pastry tart

Rustic tarts are the way to go! Assembly is quick and easy. Throw all your ingredients in the center of the pastry and gently fold up the sides to enclose everything in. I used pre-made puff from the grocery store since it yields great results, but you can also use pie dough as your vessel. Just something buttery and flakey to add to the decadence of this meal. I would also recommend using an egg wash on the crust prior to baking so that it gets extra golden brown. That would also be a good time to sprinkle some kosher salt on it to make it extra savory.

Valentine's Day Dinner

This recipe can serve two for dinner...OR serve one with amazing left overs for lunch the next day. The decadence of this tart is so worth not sharing at all 🤣it's really that good. Show yourself some love on V-Day, pop a bottle of wine, throw this together and watch your favorite show ❤️


Red Wine Cherry Sauce

Serves 2

Recipe Time: 45 minutes

1 Cup Frozen Cherries (halved)

½ Cup Dried Cherries

¾ Cup (7oz) Red Wine

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

⅛ Tsp Allspice

  1. On the stove with the heat set to medium-high, combine all ingredients above.

  2. Stir occasionally until liquid has reduced and mixture is thick, about 15-20 minutes.

  3. Take off heat and put to the side to cool.


Turkey cherry and cheese tart

8 oz Sliced Cooked Turkey Breast

1 Cup Shredded White Cheddar Cheese

1 Package of Puff Pastry

1 Egg

  1. Pre heat oven to 400℉ with the rack in the center of the oven.

  2. Defrost puff pastry to package directions and then roll out the creases with a rolling pin.

  3. Place puff pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet.

  4. Spread an even layer of the cherry sauce onto the puff pastry, leaving an inch boarder around the edge.

  5. Top cherry spread with turkey breast and then cheese in an even layer.

  6. Starting at the corner, fold the edge of the puff pastry in on itself. Moving around the entire boarder with the rest, pinching closed on the overlapping areas.

  7. Beat the egg in a small bowl and using a pastry brush, brush the egg onto the folded puff pastry border. Topping with kosher salt once completed.

  8. Cook tart for 25-30 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown and puffed up.

  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes prior to slicing into it.

  10. Top with cracked black pepper and serve!

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