pieces and parts

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress

Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on January 13, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)

How to tackle a dinner party? Break it down. No better way to impress than to present something made with love and care. Here’s a secret- pull something lovingly homemade out of the deep freeze allowing you to entertain with ease. 

A perfect example- cheddar cheese tartlets. If you think of ski slopes these little gems would be blue diamonds. They don’t require expert skill but they do have many pieces and parts, making their execution and clean up a good thing to do several days (or weeks) ahead of time. Luckily they freeze and reheat wonderfully. The time you spend on them won’t be lost on your guests; they don’t need to know you’ve (temporarily) left them out in the cold.

cheddar pastry

Make the pastry first blending the flour, salt and cayenne in processor.

cheddar pastry

Add cheese and butter and pulse until course crumbs form.

cheddar pastry

Blend in enough ice water by teaspoonfuls until small moist clumps form.

cheddar pastry

Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

cheddar cheese tartlets

While the pastry chills blend cottage cheese and whipping cream in a food processor until smooth.

cheddar cheese tartlets

Add 1 cup shredded cheddar, eggs, salt, and cayenne blend well.

cheddar cheese tartlets

Transfer to a bowl and stir in chopped green onion. Set aside.

cheddar cheese tartlets

Roll out the cheddar pastry on a lightly floured surface to a scant 1/8 inch. Cut into 2 ½ inch rounds.

cheddar cheese tartlets

Place a round in each mini muffin cup, pressing down lightly. Spoon one heaping tablespoon of filling into each pastry and bake.

cheddar cheese tartlets

Place completely cooled tartlets in Ziploc bags in a single layer and freeze for up to three weeks.

cheddar cheese tartlets

To reheat re-warm uncovered in a preheated 350-degree oven until heated through, approximately 12 minutes.

cheddar cheese tartlets

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