Tiny Tomato Tarts

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 50 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Note: To make ahead, bake and cool pastry shells as directed in Steps 1 and 2. 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.

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Ashley McMakin, Birmingham, Alabama,

Ashley Mac's, Birmingham, Alabama,

November 2011