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Tiny Tomato Tarts

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 50 mins
Yield Makes 24 tartlets

Ingredients

  • 1/2 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz.) freshly shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz.) freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Garnish: fresh basil leaves

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Unroll piecrust on a lightly floured surface; roll into a 12-inch circle. Cut into 24 rounds using a 2-inch scalloped-edge round cutter. Press rounds into bottoms of ungreased miniature muffin cups. (Dough will come slightly up sides, forming a cup.) Prick bottom of dough once with a fork.

  2. Bake at 425° for 4 to 5 minutes or until set. Cool in pans on a wire rack 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

  3. Meanwhile, drain tomatoes well, pressing between paper towels. Combine tomatoes and chopped basil in a small bowl; season with desired amount of salt and pepper. Stir together mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide tomato mixture among pastry shells, and top with mayonnaise mixture.

  4. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.

  5. Note: To make ahead, bake and cool pastry shells as directed in Steps 1 and Remove from muffin pans, and store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Return pastry shells to muffin pans, and fill and bake as directed.

Ashley Mac's, Birmingham, Alabama