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Pesto Cheese Tarts

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 appetizers


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 72 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • aestanton18
    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.

  • annsway1
    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!!!

  • shyD
    Dec 18, 2012

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

  • vajudybug
    Aug 19, 2012

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

  • ReneeC___NCalif
    May 1, 2010

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

  • bameiboo
    May 1, 2010

    Yummy and no could believe I made them. Not that I'm not a good cook, they just seemed proffesionally done!

  • villadovic
    Apr 25, 2010

    Easy to make, and they disappeared quickly!

  • GranMarion____MN
    Oct 22, 2009

    As much fun to make as they are to eat! I'm not good with phyllo but it worked for me. These tarts do disappear fast, so I recommend making a lot.

  • irish6102
    Oct 13, 2009

    Every time I make these people beg me for the recipe! Very good and so EASY!

  • smola99
    Dec 16, 2008

    Very easy and super delicious! Always the first appetizer to completely disappear from the table.