Cheddar Pepper Tartlets

Author: Canadian Living

These buttery-crisp morsels filled with red pepper jelly have a hit of sweet heat to balance the sharp cheese. This recipe originated at Saskatchewan's Grandora Gardens, maker of fine pepper jellies.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: January 2005

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 cup finely shredded extra-old Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Ice water approximately
Filling:
  • 1/3 cup hot red pepper jelly

Method

In bowl, whisk together flour, parsley and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture is in fine crumbs. Stir in cheese. Add water, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, tossing with fork until dough starts to clump together and adding up to 1 tbsp (15 mL) more water, if necessary. Press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap in foil and and freeze for up to 1 month.)

Divide dough into 36 pieces; roll each into ball. Place each in 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) tart cup, pressing onto bottom and up side. Prick bottoms with fork.

Filling: Spoon about 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the pepper jelly into each cup. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on rack for 5 minutes.

Run paring knife around tartlets to loosen from pan; remove tartlets to rack and let cool. (Make-ahead: Loosely cover and store at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Or freeze in layers separated by waxed paper in rigid airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Let come to room temperature to serve.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per piece:</b> about

  • Sodium 78 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 59.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 11 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 5 g

%RDI

  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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