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Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan's Squash Ribbon Puff Pastry Tart

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Puff pastry is one of those ingredients that's truly a lifesaver when it comes to entertaining. Keeping a box of this flakey, buttery frozen pastry on hand opens up a world of incredibly easy and elegant little bites.

Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, author of Good Food to Share knows exactly how to use puff pastry to create a perfect cocktail hour snack, this lovely Squash Ribbon Puff Pastry Tart. Simply spread with a creamy herbed mascarpone and layered with thinly sliced squash, this little tart baked up in about 15 minutes and can be cut into snack-sized wedges, served hot or at room temperature. But the real beauty of this recipe is its wonderful versatility; you can swap out any seasonal vegetables you'd like for the squash and match your cheeses and herbs accordingly. We're dreaming up our own versions with red onions and gorgonzola or potatoes with fontina.

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Adapted from Good Food to Share by Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan. Copyright © 2011. Published by Weldon Owen. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved

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