Recipe: Brie and Walnut Tartlets

Brie and Walnut Tartlets

Appetizers are like tiny jewel boxes of flavor, small bites meant to stimulate the palate — not fill your stomach. That’s what makes looking for appetizer recipes so much fun – since you don’t have to fill the plate, you can concentrate on putting together ingredients in ways that sing. And they don’t have to be fancy to pack a punch – spicy wings, deviled eggs, easy bruschetta, or even a nicely presented dip can be a winner. The classic combination of melon and prosciutto is a perfect example: Just two ingredients that play off of each other perfectly, the salty richness of the ham contrasting with the tropical sweetness of the melon. Perfection. When you’re planning for a holiday party, you want quick and easy appetizers that play nicely with what you’re serving as a main course. You want to compliment the dish without repeating ingredients – serving marinated mozzarella before plating up a cheese-heavy lasagna is definitely overload. Try to keep things light, and remember – you’re going for flavor, not quantity.

Perfectly beautiful on an appetizer buffet, these puff pastry tartlets will charm your guests. Mustard and brown sugar add to the classic combination of Brie and walnuts for terrific flavor.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14-inch square. Cut into 36 (2-1/4-inch) squares. Press the squares into 36 (1-3/4-inch) mini muffin-pan cups.
Stir the walnuts, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon walnut mixture into each pastry cup. Top each with 1 piece cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.