Easy Appetizers: Petites Tartlets


Do you entertain? And if you do, what do you offer as appetizers to your guests? Like most of my friends, I would bet that what you offer is nuts, dips with salsa, maybe cheese with crackers. Am I right?

Well, I propose that you break from your “rut”, and impress your friends by offering a variety of small tartlets as appetizers. Even my niece who is 12 can make them all by herself, so i am certain you can do as good of a job too:-)

For this recipe, you will however need the small tartlet mold from Demarle that I sell, and you will need the tartlet scalloped mold cutter. Each recipe that I am proposing today will make about 30 tartlets per recipe, or per pie crust.

You can make a variety of flavors, your imagination is your only boundary;-)

We cheated here with the dough as we bought one instead, but making the dough from scratch would add considerable time to this recipe.

Onion and Thyme Tartlets:
You need: 1 pie crust, 1/2  of red onions chopped thin, 1 tsp of thyme ( fresh or dry), 1 egg. salt and pepper to taste.
Mix all the ingredients together, and set aside. With the small dough cutter, cut the dough in small circles, place each dough in each indentation of the mini tartlet tray. With the fork, make hole in the dough to allow the air to come out and your dough will not bubble during baking. Fill each tartlet with the filling ( 1/2-1 tsp) and cook in already warm oven at 400 for 10-12 minutes.

The Tomato/ Onion and Bacon Tartlets

You need: 1 pie crust, 1/2 cup of chopped very thinly tomatoes, 1/2 cup of red onions chopped thinly again, 1/2 bacon ( fresh and cooked, or bacon bits), 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp of fresh or dry basil.
Mix all the ingredients together, and set aside. With the small dough cutter, cut the dough in small circles, place each dough in each indentation of the mini tartlet tray. With the fork, make hole in the dough to allow the air to come out and your dough will not bubble during baking. Fill each tartlet with the filling ( 1/2-1 tsp) and cook in already warm oven at 400 for 10-12 minutes.

Cream Cheese and Chives.

You will need 1 pie crust, 8 oz of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 2 Tbsp of fresh chives, pepper to taste.

Mix everything together, and spoon the mixture in each indentation. Bake for 10 minutes in a warm oven at 400 F.

Red lumpfish caviar and Cream

You will need 1 pie crust, 1 small container of lumpfish caviar (100 grams) of whatever color. 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Mix both ingredients together and spoon in each indentation. Bake also for 10 minutes in a warm oven at 400 F.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking mes amis…