|I made these savory toaster tarts with vegan cream cheese and L to R, olives, harissa and pesto [Olive and cream cheese were my favorite but they were all delish.]|
|FInally, toaster tarts for adults, fresh from the oven, before cutting.|
My second cookbook included a recipe called Pop-Art Tarts – basically a homemade version of pop-tarts. Today, I after spying a bowl of unrolled pie crust and sundry jars of savory condiments that have accumulated in my refrigerator, I decided to take the recipe a step farther and make homemade "pop" tarts for adults – savory homemade toaster tarts. These are basically a sandwich: think of the pie crust as the bread slices, and in my case, vegan cream cheese, harissa olives and homemade pesto as the fillings. One or two of these would make a great lunch, but I think next time I have a party [and that time is drawing near] I will definitely makes these, cut into bite-size squares, to serve as appetizers.
|Cut into cute, bite-sized squares, these are no-brainer party appetizers.|
|Sweet vegan cream cheese contrasted against salty olives = heaven in a crust.|
Savory "Pop" TartsCrust:
- 4 T Earth Balance
- 4 T non-hydrogenated vegan shortening
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- About 5-7 T ice cold water.
- Any savory, spreadable or thin filling, eg, vegan cream cheese, pesto, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, shredded vegan cheese with refried bean, about 1 tsp per tart
Number of servings varies, depending on how large you cut your tarts.
Prepare dough: Cut fat into pea-sized chunks. Stir into flour to coat, then use a pastry cutter to blend. Add salt, then add water 1 T at a time, until a small pinch of dough holds together with your fingers. Refrigerate for an hour before rolling.
|You don't need a pastry wheel but using one makes things look neater.|
I used the rectangular bottom from a small tart tray for a template, so my tarts measured about 1 by 3 inches. I think using a pastry wheel makes them look neater, plus it's easier to use than a knife.
|Fill each tart with less than 1 tsp of flling, leaving about 1/4 inch of space around the edges.|
|Place tops on and crimp edges with a fork, and cut a few air vents into the top crusts.|
|Fresh from the oven.|
|Betcha' can't eat just one. I couldn't.|