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Kale Tarts with Fennel and Olives


Kale and fennel lend a unique sweetness to these briny puff pastry tarts. They're perfect as appetizers, savory breakfasts, or as an accompaniment to a bowl of soup.

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium bulb fennel, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium bunch Lacinato kale, stems removed, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 17-oz. package (2 sheets) puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


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Step 1

1. Heat oil is a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, 5-7 minutes. Add fennel and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 minutes. Lower heat; add kale, cover pan and cook until kale is soft and wilted, adding a teaspoon of water if necessary, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and fold in feta, olives and parsley. Season with pepper to taste.

2. Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Unroll both puff pastry sheets onto a floured work surface. Cut each sheet into 9 squares. Cut L-shaped slits on opposite corners of each square (creating a frame-like shape). Take hold of both corners and fold them toward the opposite side, passing one corner under the other and pressing them in place, to create a diamond-shaped pocket to hold the filling.

3. Mound 1-2 tablespoons of filling into each pocket; top with a little more feta and a drizzle of olive oil. Place pockets on the prepared baking sheets and brush the outer edges with melted butter. Bake until golden brown and puffed, 30-35 minutes. Serve warm, topped with more feta if you like.

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