Savory Pumpkin Tart Appetizers

Yield: 16 Servings

2 Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets, Room Temperature

2 Cups Sliced or Diced Roasted Pumpkin

6 Oz. Gruyere Cheese, Grated

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Divided

2 Tablespoons Country French Seasoning

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Tellicherry Peppercorns

1 Cup Pumpkin Butter

1 Cup Pepitas

This appetizer is both unpredictable and unforgettable! Light and beautiful, it makes a real statement when you're entertaining during pumpkin season in the late fall. It's also perfect for holiday get togethers when it's still possible to find fresh pumpkins in the market. With it's layers of pumpkin flavor, highlighted by gruyere cheese, your guests will rave about this one! For a slightly different flavor profile, eliminate the gruyere and sprinkle 3-4 ounces of gorgonzola on the top of each tart before baking. We love both versions! 


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment and set aside.


Roll pastry sheets into 8"x12" rectangles. Slice lengthwise into four 2" strips, then lengthwise into four 3" strips, for a total of 12 pieces per sheet. 

Place a few pieces of pumpkin in the center of each section of pastry. Combine pumpkin butter, gruyere, olive oil and seasoning. Toss to combine, then put a dollop of the mixture on top of the pumpkin. Sprinkle pepitas on top. 

Place tarts on parchment lined baking sheets and bake on center rack in oven for 20-25 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle tops with Fleur De Sel, and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes before serving. Pastries can be served warm or at room temperature. 

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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Country French 
Our Country French
seasoning blend is a must-have
for every Home Chef. Adapted from the
traditional French bouquet garni, it is perfect when you want to create soups, stocks, and stews with a French flare. And it essential for dishes like Beef Burgundy, Osso Bucco, Carbonnade, Roasted Chicken, and more!
Country French Seasoning (a.k.a. Bouquet Garni) from MorningStar Kitchen
Vanilla Bean
Sea Salt

Sweet, yet salty, our

Vanilla Bean Sea Salt

makes a rich and flavorful addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Try a little on chicken, vegetables, or salads. Use it as a finishing salt to create an extra layer of flavor in breads, pastries – even cocktails!

Vanilla Bean Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
No Home Chef's kitchen is
complete without Tellicherry
peppercorns, which are considered the finest pepper in the world. Left on the vine longer than other black peppercorns, these berries are given time to develop their complex, robust flavor to develop more fully.
Tellicherry Peppercorn from MorningStar Kitchen
Vermont Maple
Made by boiling pure maple
syrup until only granules remain, our Vermont Maple Sugar is a must-have
for every Home Chef. It's great in sweet and savory recipes alike. Just let your adventurous culinary spirit be your guide! 
Seville Orange Peel
Used by Scandinavian chefs as
a seasoning for game and poultry
dishes, sauces, wines and liqueurs,
our Seville Orange Peel is a must-have for any adventurous Home Chef. Use as the Scandinavians do, and add it to breads, cakes, cookies, too. 
Seville Orange Peel from MorningStar Kitchen
Pumpkin Pie Spice
We've gone the extra mile in
creating this blend for Home
Chefs. It is sure to turn your pumpkin pies into something extraordinary. But don't stop with pies! Use this with all your pumpkin creations, from muffins, breads and cakes, to cheesecakes, puddings & more. 
Pumpkin Pie Spice from MorningStar Kitchen
Mulling Spices
When chilly nights arrive,
there's nothing quite like a cup
of hot mulled cider, tea, or wine -
enjoyed by a blazing fire. Our Mulling Spice is the perfect blend of ingredients to satisfy your cravings. Steep for 30-45 minutes, strain, and enjoy. 
Mulling Spices from MorningStar Kitchen