Appetizers are one of my favorite food choices. A variety of small bites of delicious food? Yes, please. I always thought it would be fun to open a restaurant called “Bites,” featuring small inexpensive bites. Think a sushi conveyor belt but with little appetizer bites. Fun, right? That said, I really don’t have ambitions to start a restaurant, so if you want to steal that idea, go for it. Just add this recipe to your menu, call it “Meaningful Mama Mediterranean Tartlets,” and I’m happy. I came up with this yummy mediterranean tartlet appetizer, and it was definitely a big hit. I’ve added it to my favorite appetizer rotation. They’re not challenging to do, and they get gobbled up quickly.
For Christmas Eve this year our family decided that everyone would bring a couple tasty appetizers to enjoy together. I’m looking forward to dining like this together. Here are some of my favorite recipes that my mom passed down: Pastry Wrapped Brie with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes, Asparagus with Prosciutto and Cream Cheese Appetizer, and Cheesy Olive Tapenade Crostini. I wonder if any of these tasty hors-d’oeuvres will make the cut for Christmas Eve this year. My older sister loves to experiment, so I can usually expect something new from her. However, I usually anticipate some of the usuals also.
Ingredients Needed to Make Mediterranean Tartlet Appetizer
1 Puff Pastry Sheet, thawed
All Purpose Flour (for dusting)
3 Tbsp Pesto
1/4 cup Kalamata Olives
1/4 cup Marinated Artichoke Hearts
10 Cherry Tomatoes, Thinly Sliced
1/8-1/4 cup Feta Cheese
How to Make Mediterranean Tartlet Appetizer
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and slightly dust a cookie sheet with flour.
- Roll out the pastry on a floured counter to 1/8 inch thick.
- Cut out 20 2 inch circles with a circle cookie cutter. Arrange the circles on the baking sheet.
- Spread a little pesto on each circle, leaving a margin around the edge.
- Chop kalamata olives and artichokes together. I like to use my chopper (affiliate link).
- Add a small amount of the chopped kalamata olive and artichoke mixture, 2 slices of cherry tomato and feta cheese to each circle on top of the pesto.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden, puffed and and crisp.
What are your favorite food traditions for the holidays? Do you like more of a sit down hearty meal or are hors-d’oeuvres more your style? I hope this Mediterranean Tartlet Appetizer becomes a regular in your food rotation.