*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                            Herbed Cheese Tarts
 
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 Serving Size  : 24   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Appetizers
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1/3   C            Fine dry bread crumbs or
                         -finely crushed zwieback
    8       Oz           Pkg cream cheese, softened
      3/4   C            Cream-style cottage cheese
      1/2   C            Shredded Swiss cheese
    1       Tb           All-purpose flour
      1/4   Ts           Dried basil, crushed
      1/8   Ts           Garlic powder
    2                    Eggs
 
   nonstick spray coating dairy sour cream (optional) sliced or slivered
   pitted ripe olives, red caviar OR chives (optional) roasted red papper OR
   pitted ripe olive cutouts* (optional)
   
   For crust, spray twenty-four 1 3/4 inch muffin cups with nonstick spray
   coating. Sprinkle bread crumbs or crushed zwieback onto bottom and sides to
   coat. Shake pans to remove excess crumbs. Set aside.
   
   In a small mixer bowl, combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese,
   flour, basil, and garlic powder. Beat with an electric mixer on medium
   speed just till fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just till combined. Do
   not overbeat.
   
   Fill each crumb-lined muffin cup with 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture.
   Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes or till centers appear set.
   (Tarts will puff during baking, then deflate as they cool.) Cool in pans on
   wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.
   
   To serve, spread tops with sour cream.  Garnish with olives, caviar,
   chives, and/or red pepper and olive cut-outs. Makes 24 tarts.
   
   TO REFRIGERATE:
   
   Bake and cool tarts as directed, except do not spread with sour cream or
   top with garnish. Cover and chill kin the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
   Let tarts stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Spread
   with sour cream and garnish as directed.
   
   TO FREEZE:
   
   Bake and cool tarts as directed, except do not spread with sour cream or
   garnish. Freeze tarts, uncovered, on wire rack about 1 hour or till firm.
   Transfer to a freezer container or bag. Seal, label, and place in the
   freezer. To thaw, let stand, loosely covered, at room temperature about 2
   hours or in the refrigerator overnight. Spread with sour cream and garnish
   as directed.
   
   * Decorative cut-outs:  Use tiny hors d'oeuvre cutters to cut leaves,
   stars, or other decorative shapes out of the roasted red peppers and pitted
   ripe olives.
   
   From:  THE JOY OF HOLIDAY BAKING, Better Homes and Gardens, 11/90 Posted
   by:  Karin Brewer, Cooking Echo, 6/92
  
 
 
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