Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Southern and French Fusion: Mini Tomato Tarts

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Since moving to Charleston, I've discovered the deliciousness that is Southern Lowcountry cuisine, and even had some fun making it. I've tried my hand at she crab soup; my macaroni and cheese is off the charts; and you haven't lived until you've tried shrimp toast.  With its Southern and French influences (just like in the city of Charleston), it seemed only fitting to make my next recipe a tomato tart!  Making them the perfect appetizer for holiday entertaining, I made my tomato tarts miniature.
With winter upon us, I decided to make my recipe with ingredients I can find all year round at my local Walmart that will still give a fresh taste: Hunt's canned tomatoes paired with fresh garlic and herbs.  These are fantastic ways to help save time with stress-free recipe creation this holiday season.
Ingredients:
- 1 can Hunt's Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes
- 2 gloves minced garlic
- fresh-cracked pepper
- fresh thyme
- PAM cooking spray
- puff pastry sheet
- brie cheese
- one egg
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a saucepan, combine the can of tomatoes (sauce and whole tomatoes), minced garlic, cracked pepper, and the stripped leaves from 3 thyme sprigs.
3. Cook the tomato mixture over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
4. While the tomatoes are cooking, assemble the tart shells by rolling out a puff pastry sheet to double its original size or 1-2 mm thick.
5. Completely spray a mini muffin pan with PAM to keep any part of the tartlets from sticking.
6. Use a mason jar lid to cut circles out of the puff pastry, and lay the circles into the mini muffin pan, pushing them into the bottom of each cup.
7. By this point, the tomatoes should be cooked.  Using a potato masher, crush the tomatoes in the sauce until no large pieces remain.
8. Strain out all of the pieces of tomato so that little liquid remains, and spoon about a teaspoon of tomato into each puff pastry cup.
9. Once all tomato cups are filled, top each of them with a small slice of brie and a thyme leaf.
10. Finish off the tarts by brushing any exposed puff pastry with whisked egg to help them brown up in the oven.
11. Bake the tartlets in the oven for about 8 minutes.  After they're done, take them out in the oven and leave them in the pan for an additional 5 minutes to make sure they keep their shape before serving!
Using ingredients like Hunt's and PAM from ConAgra, hosting a Christmas party this year can be simple and delicious.  Find more easy recipes that are perfect for holiday entertaining by visiting Yes You Can Recipes!
  • What is your favorite party appetizer?
  • Are you hosting a holiday get-together this year?

20 comments:

Nancie Anne Frazer said...

Very exciting Post!!
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kerri @ cheshire kat said...

well that is so darn easy. what a yummy recipe! love that you can use all those simple ingredients too.

xoxo cheshire kat

BLovedBoston said...

These are such a great app to bring or make for a party!! Needing to try it soon! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Veronica-VeroSays! said...

So. Much. Food. Everywhere!! Hahha these would be great to bring to someone's home!

Jenn said...

These look so cute and super easy!!

Emily said...

These look puffy, delicious, and amazing! And perfectly Southern :)

Kelley Elder said...

Saving this recipe immediately for a party this weekend! YUM!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Yummmm! Love that this incorporates brie cheese - my favorite <3

Green Fashionista

Gillian Ellis said...

Yum! Such a great app to bring to holiday parties!

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh my gosh - its like a fancy mini pizza :)

Jillian Manesh said...

yumm these look so good! and a great appetizer idea. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Jacquelyn @ The Lowcountry Mama said...

These are so cute!! I went way overboard with my appetizers last year so this year I'm trying to tone it down with simpler recipes like this

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

These look so fancy! Great job!

Jen said...

What a perfect little appetizer! They look delicious.

Julie said...

We were going to host New Years but with all the drama that started coming with it, I nixed that idea so instead I'll be taking a fun treat to the party we'll be at - what that fun treat is, I have no clue yet!

Emily said...

The look like a great finger food. Shrimp toast?! Never even heard of it but that sounds amazing.

Lily A. said...

Yummy, these look great!! Perfect appetizer.

Christina Lea Loves said...

I love anything mini - especially this time of the year! This looks perfect!

Danielle said...

These mini tomato tarts look delicious and so cute! They are definitely a perfect appetizer. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us, Meg!

Danielle
www.spring2spring.com

Ryan @apolishedpalate said...

These look so cute and sound delicious!

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