Little Tarts, Lotsa Flavor

mini romesco tarts

bite-sized wonders

These appetizers will have people thinking you’ve spent all day crafting miniature tart shells and a laboring over a special sauce. Well, the sauce is special but super easy. Romesco is a bit like a red (pepper-y) version of pesto, since it has nuts and olive oil, and is made entirely in a food processor. I couldn’t decide which cheese to use, so I bought some mild gouda and this Catamount Hills cheese from Cabot Creamery, which is an Italian cheese that’s like a cross between Swiss and Parmesan. I think I prefered the “bite” of the Catamount Hills, but any cheese that melts nicely would work really well. You’ll definitely have some romesco sauce left, which would make a nice dip for crackers or breadsticks.

Mini Romesco Tarts
1 cup of roasted red peppers, drained
2 cloves of garlic
cup of toasted almonds
cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar
Pinch of red pepper flakes
24 mini phyllo tarts, defrosted
½ lb of cheese, cut into cubes
Dried oregano

Start by making the romesco sauce: Place the roasted red peppers, garlic cloves, almonds, olive oil, red wine vinegar and red pepper flakes in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Heat your oven to 425º.

Place the mini phyllo tarts on a baking sheet. Spoon a little bit of sauce into each tart and then add a cube of cheese. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the cheese melts. Sprinkle dried oregano over the tarts and serve warm.

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14 Comments on “Little Tarts, Lotsa Flavor”

  1. windykitchen says:

    Oooh these look great! I love anything in a phyllo shell. Yum!

  2. these look so tasty! I can’t wait to try!

  3. Conor Bofin says:

    Very nice Tommy. I should not read the blogs before dinner. This is not helping…

  4. Lazy Suzan says:

    These look so tasty!

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    These would disappear at any party. Great little dish!

  6. bill says:

    I’ve never heard of romesco sauce – sounds like it’s slam full of flavor. The tarts look delicious!

  7. Caroline says:

    YUM! These sound so delicious. And they’re small, so that means I can eat more of them, right?? 🙂

  8. Lilly Sue says:

    YUM! These look beautiful and delicious. I love your sauce recipe.

  9. These are so cute! (filo!) 😉


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