Pear Gruyere Puff Pastry Tart

closeup of a piece of pear puff pastry tart surrounded by thyme and sea salt.

This pear gruyere puff pastry tart is a delicious sweet and savory holiday appetizer! Melty gruyere cheese hides under a layer of sliced pears with hints of thyme and honey, all on a flaky pastry. With only 5 ingredients, this easy appetizer is simple and elegant! (vegetarian, nut-free)


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 medium pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • Honey
  • Coarse sea salt


  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment. (I love my quarter sheet pans for recipes like this!)
  2. Roll puff pastry dough out into a thin rectangle, folding the outside edges over  to make a half-inch border.
  3. Sprinkle puff pastry dough with cheese and thyme. Arrange sliced pears on top, layering them close together.
  4. Place in the oven and bake 20 min or until puff pastry is golden.
  5. Remove from oven and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Cut into squares and serve.


  • If you can't find gruyere, you can try substituting Jarlsberg or Emmental. I also really like many of Sartori's cheeses in this recipe, such as the rosemary Asiago, Bellavitano, or aged cheddar.
  • I don't recommend making this recipe in advance, as the pastry will get soggy and the pears may brown.

Keywords: pear puff pastry tart, pear gruyere puff pastry appetizer, appetizer with pears and puff pastry,