Monday, October 1, 2012

Mini Chutney Tartlets

They were absolutely out of this world delicious...

The last of the appetizer "Fall get together" recipes...

So the last appetizer I made were these absolutely scrumptious mini tartlets.  They are literally "out of this world good".  They contain spiced chutney HERE, luscious mascarpone cheese, black pepper and walnuts.. all in a cute little mini pie shell.  It's a melody of Fall flavors in your mouth, or as my friend said, "they taste like mini creamy apple pies"!!  They do too!!!
Best of all, these can be made in less than 1/2 hour from start to finish literally!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

1  pre made pie crust defrosted (if frozen)
8 oz (1/2 pint) Spiced Pear/Apple/Ancho Chili Chutney
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
8 oz Mascarpone cheese (can use cream cheese as substitute)

Roll out pie crust just slightly and score into 24 even pieces. 
Using your mini cupcake pans, spray liberally with non stick spray and lay a piece of pie crust into each cup.  Press crust using fingers to make a cup, bringing as much up and around the mini cup.  Bake according to pkg instructions watching closely so they don't burn.
Pull out of oven and let cool.

Aren't they the cutest little things?  Imagine how and what you can fill these babies with for very easy appetizers!  I know!  I already have tons of ideas rolling in my head.

Once cooled, add a few chopped walnuts into each muffin cup.

Don't they look scrumptious already... I know, I want more!!!

Let the mini's hang out for a little bit while we prepare our filling. Try to contain yourself... I know I had a hard time.  Only thing keeping me good was knowing guests were coming!!  I have a thing for mini's, "oh boy" I feel another therapy session coming on!
In a medium bowl add your room softened cheese, add in your chutney, and then finally crank in the pepper.  Stir till thoroughly mixed.  
Chutney's, like relishes are chunky.  They are not like jams smooth.  If you want a smoother piping consistency, you would have to pour everything into a blender...
But then you have to get out a piping bag, coupler, nozzle, clean the blender after use.  I mean all that work...
I prefer a chunkier consistency with bites of pear and apple, "mmmmm" delicious!!

Using a small teaspoon fill your shells right over the walnuts into little mounds.  Refrigerate for 1/2 hour or so, so the cheese can firm up a bit and serve!!

How easy is that?  That's it my friends, seriously!

You will love the looks of delight, and the "moans of pure taste bud pleasure" your guests will be sure to make!! Don't forget to save a couple for yourself!!

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Have you ever made them with Philo dough?...I want to try more desserts and things with Puff Pastry:)

    1. Hello anonymous,
      I have not made these with phyllo dough. I think that the pastry dough would be amazing with this!!

  2. Didi I didn't realize you are of Greek descent, this makes me even more happy that I met you and your blog! These little tartlets are absolutely adorable and I suspect equally delicious!Καλό μήνα και σε σένα από Ελλάδα!

    1. Thank you Katerina!! I love your blog as well and love reading about everyday life and your son!!! It's been so long since I've been there, I feel connected somehow!!!

  3. Didi, these look so fantastic! I love the combination of spicy sweet chutney with walnuts!!! Yum, yum!!

  4. Didi, these look scrumptilicious. I'll be making them as soon as I lose a few more pounds!

  5. Didi that's not fair. We have to go make the chutney first. I had already printed your recipe for that but I'm still working on my kitchen so it will be awhile. These look and sound awesome

    1. Hi Cynthia!!
      You know I'm a tease!! ;-) Any chutney should do honey, and I know your busy as all get out. The chutney literally is so easy to make, and you don't have to can!!