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Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Photo by: Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Cheese Straw Tomato Tartlets

This short-crust (non-rising) cheese dough forms a delicate shell for these juicy little wonders.

Southern Living JUNE 2013

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
  • Hands-on:30 Minutes
  • Total:3 Hours, 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ice-cold water
  • Filling
  • 2 pt. red and yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Crumbled feta or shaved Parmesan cheese

Preparation

1. Prepare Crust: Pulse first 3 ingredients in a food processor 3 or 4 times or until combined. Add butter, and pulse 5 or 6 times or until crumbly. Stir in cheese. With processor running, gradually add 1/2 cup ice-cold water, and process until dough forms a ball and pulls away from sides of bowl, adding more water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, if necessary.

2. Divide dough in half; place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape each into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 2 to 24 hours.

3. Prepare Filling: Toss together tomatoes and next 8 ingredients; let stand 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 400°. Roll 1 dough disk to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 12 rounds using a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, rerolling dough as needed; press into cups of a lightly greased 12-cup miniature muffin pan. (Dough will come slightly up sides.) Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk and another muffin pan. Divide tomato mixture among cups.

5. Bake at 400° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 15 minutes). Sprinkle with cheese.

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