Pesto Cheese Tarts Recipe
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Pesto Cheese Tarts Recipe

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Jean Kern's quick and easy tarts are perfect party fare. “Whether I make them for an event or a simple family gathering, everyone always raves about them,” she writes from Charlotte, North Carolina.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons prepared pesto
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (1.9 ounces) frozen miniature phyllo tart shells

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 72 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (trace sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, mayonnaise, cheeses, pesto and pepper. Spoon heaping teaspoonfuls into tart shells. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 15 appetizers.
Originally published as Pesto Cheese Tarts in Simple & Delicious July/August 2007, p31

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"Used Greek Yogurt instead of Mayo, and also tried this as a dip instead of in phyllo dough. A hit both ways."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"I was experimenting one day and made something like this. It was good but something was missing. Can't wait to go to the store, get the ingredients, and make it. Thanks a lot Jean Kern's, you just made my day!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Flavour, mediocre.

Did not yield enough filling, and filling was not quite thick enough based on recipe measurements."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"What a wonderful, easy recipe! I have made this many times and it's on the menu for our next party!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Thanks---these will work nicely with that homemade pesto I made!


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