Spicy Cheese Bacon Tarts
If you need a tasty mini appetizer for a party, these Mini Bacon and Cheese Tarts are great. Because of the size, they can be time consuming, so you can make up the batter and put the pie crust in the tart pans the day before your party.
For this recipe I used 3 different types of shredded cheese: blue, spicy white cheddar and asiago, 1/2 cup each, totaling 1 1/2 cups. When I make these again, I'll probably replace the blue with more spicy cheese!
6 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 c. of shredded cheese (1/2 c. of three different types)
2 TBSP butter, softened
8 slices of bacon, fried and chopped
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. thyme
2-3 packages of pie crust - OR make our butter pie crust
Fry and chop the bacon! This recipe can make quite a few depending on your tart size. Approx. 2-3 dozen using a mini tart pan.
In a small bowl, beat the cheeses together until well blended. Add the butter, cream, eggs and seasonings. Beat until light and fluffy.
Using a 2 1/2" circle cookie cutter, cut pastry circles and gently press into the bottom of the greased tart cups, pressing the dough up the sides.
Pour into the shells. Top with bacon and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until they bounce back when touched.