Friday, 14 December 2012
Mini tomato, pesto and goat's cheese tarts
Oops, I don't seem to have taken a photo of the tarts once they were cooked!
I made these when I had several people round to dinner recently - my parents (who were staying with me), my boyfriend and his mum. I was planning to do a pretty big pudding - in fact I made both this Sachertorte and this Queen of Puddings - so I wanted the main course itself to be fairly light. I served a selection of different flavoured tarts - as I was catering for meat eaters and vegetarians, and a couple of quite fussy people to boot - along with sweet potato fries, potato fries (again for the fussy ones!) and salad.
I bought these mini tartlet tins on Amazon for only a few pounds a while ago and hadn't gotten around to using them yet.
As I was quite pushed for time, I bought some ready made shortcrutst pastry. I used the tart tins (which have loose bottoms) to cut out the pastry.
I was pretty much making this up as I went along - or as I prefer to call it, freestyling! I spread the pastry bases with a little red pesto.
Then I added some goats' cheese
Some cherry tomatoes, chopped ham and cheddar- I did variations for vegetarians and meat eaters
A selection of tarts waiting to go in the oven!
The tarts were quite small so I allowed 2-3 per person along with the side dishes. I also think these mini tart tins would be good for desserts, like a mini key lime pie or a mini chocolate tart.