Need a super-easy holiday-party hors d'oeuvre? These tasty little cream cheese and cherry pepper tartlets come together in a snap, thanks to premade pie dough, which is pressed into a mini muffin tin to make the tart shells--then all you have to do is fill the cups with cream cheese and chopped cherry peppers. Chopped herbs add a nice hit of color, but these are just as tasty as-is. Consider making a double batch--these bites are sure to go quickly.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell.com, November 2019
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

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  • Unroll pie crust onto a clean surface. Roll the dough into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Cut 24 2-inch circles out of the dough with a biscuit cutter, rerolling the scraps if needed. Place the dough circles in the prepared muffin cups, gently pressing the dough into the bottom and sides. Prick the dough with a fork. Bake until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese to each cup, then top each with a scant 1/2 teaspoon chopped cherry peppers. Bake until hot, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with herbs, if desired, and serve warm.

Tips

Tips: Look for prerolled pie dough (usually a package of 2 crusts) in the refrigerated case at the grocery store. If you have time and enjoy making pastry, you can make your own crust.

Look for red and/or green mild (or sweet) cherry peppers in jars near the pickles and olives or at the "olive bar" in well-stocked supermarkets and specialty-food stores.

Equipment: Mini muffin tin (24 cups); 2-inch biscuit cutter

Nutrition Facts

46.4 calories; protein 0.5g 1% DV; carbohydrates 4.5g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 0.5g; fat 3g 5% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 6% DV; cholesterol 2.4mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 26.9IU 1% DV; folate 3.3mcg 1% DV; calcium 3.2mg; iron 0.1mg 1% DV; magnesium 0.9mg; potassium 9.2mg; sodium 68.2mg 3% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV.