3-Ingredient Cream Cheese & Cherry Pepper Bites

3-Ingredient Cream Cheese & Cherry Pepper Bites

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From: EatingWell.com, November 2019

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.

Ingredients 24 servings

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  • 1 refrigerated pie crust ( ½ of a 14-ounce package; see Tips)
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup chopped sweet cherry peppers (see Tips)
  • Chopped fresh chives, parsley or cilantro (optional)

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon cream cheese to each cup, then top each with a scant ½ 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: 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 information

  • Serving size: 1 bite
  • Per serving: 46 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 27 IU vitamin A; 0 vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 68 mg sodium; 9 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ starch

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