Savory Tart Recipes

These easy, bite-size pastry appetizers look so fancy, you'll want to call them hors d'oeuvres.

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Crab and Artichoke Tarts

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
This is a quickly prepared, savory appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.

Brie Cups

Rating: 5 stars 46
If you are looking for a quick, easy, delicious appetizer, this is for you. I've served them many times and my friends always gobble them up. Even cheese haters love this. You can find the phyllo cups in the freezer section.

Empanadas Abiertas de Humita (Creamy Corn Empanadas)

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Creamy corn empanadas are an Argentinean classic. These can be made open like a tart or closed like a pasty - the choice is yours! You can opt to make the pasty-like version; find the method in the footnote.

Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets

Rating: 5 stars 43
These make a simple, delicious, and elegant appetizer. They impress every time!

King Crab Appetizers

Rating: 4.5 stars 360
These crab tartlets have long since been a family favorite and are requested often at holiday get togethers.
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Chef John's Tomato Tart

Rating: 4.5 stars 38
One of these days Michele and I will travel to the south of France, where we'll eat this amazing tomato tart at least once a day. It's going to be hot, since we'll have to go in the middle of summer to enjoy best possible tomatoes, but that's fine, as long as there's chilled rosé. One layer of tomato is plenty, since more than that will make for an overly wet tart, which means your pastry will not stay crispy.

Jalapeno Popper Cups

Rating: 4.5 stars 231
Mini phyllo cups filled with a creamy, cheesy jalapeno filling are a more sophisticated version of the jalapeno popper.

Puff Pastry Shells

Rating: 5 stars 10
These are fairly simple to make, and once baked the real fun begins, as they can hold so many amazing fillings, both sweet and savory. The key is making sure your puff pastry dough is very firm, and very cold, preferably still partially frozen, before you start cutting it. You want nice clean cuts, because if you mash the layers of pastry together, your shells will not rise as high, and they can also bake into some strange shapes.

Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

Rating: 4 stars 192
Tasty, hot appetizers that take little time to prepare but will impress your guests!

Cranberry Brie Bites

Rating: 5 stars 63
Tangy cranberry, creamy brie, and crunchy walnuts come together in a buttery shell for an appetizer that will wow your guests. Bonus: These can be made up to 3 days ahead; wrap them in plastic wrap before the baking step and store in the refrigerator. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Chicken Curry Puffs

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
These oven-baked beauties are great as appetizers or a snack. They're spicy and savory, with a subtle coconut milk base. In Malaysia, they are traditionally deep fried. But here's a modern version. You can wrap them in different ways - as rolls, sealed pockets or semi-open bundles.

Savory Sausage Cups

Rating: 5 stars 1
Quick and easy appetizer using Jimmy Dean® pork sausage, cream cheese, and vegetables make a tasty one-bite treat for any get-together. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Inspiration and Ideas

Spicy Seafood Shell Appetizers
Rating: Unrated 82
These shells stuffed with a spicy, cheesy seafood mixture are extremely fast, easy and very tasty.
Chanterelle Mushroom and Bacon Tartlets
Rating: Unrated 15
Wild chanterelle mushrooms and bacon combine wonderfully in this impressive and elegant starter.
Speedy Spanikopita
Rating: 5 stars 1

This is a version I came up with after working at a Greek-American restaurant. Puff pastry replaces phyllo to save some time in the kitchen.