Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 25 Mins
Makes about 2 dozen

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

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Heidijf's Review

June 17, 2014
Followed Marbelle 1's idea concerning ready rolled pastry (thanks) and am very pleased with these lovely little tarts. I topped them with some home-made ricotta and sprinkled them with chopped basil as decoration.

marbelle1's Review

August 20, 2013
I used refrigerated pie crusts sprinkled with parmesan instead of making my own . II made the filling with home grown cherry tomatoes. It was delicious ..but you need to over fill the tarts - since they do cook down quite a bit - I baked them for only 25 min.

savannahdede's Review

June 03, 2013
Instead of making tartlets, I rolled the dough into 2 ten inch tart pans and doubled the filling. Delicious!