Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts for #SundaySupper

Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts | Magnolia DaysA tiny seed was planted not too long ago. It sprouted and reached out to touch the universe. Roots spread far and deep to hold up the fast growth. It was nurtured with love and drew attention from all parts of the world. It has brought together countless people who share a common goal of bringing Sunday Supper back to the family table. Two years ago that tiny seed sprouted with a virtual progressive dinner. Now there is an anniversary feast celebrating the Sunday Supper Movement. I’m bringing Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts to the party.

What was that tiny seed? It was a tweet by my friend Isabel asking what was for Sunday Supper. The response was incredible. It’s evident as to how special a Sunday family meal is to people everywhere including me. It’s why I became a part of it from the very beginning. I replied to that tweet and watched the joyful responses to Isabel week after week. That first virtual dinner was a lot of fun and so have been all the ones since. My contribution to the first progressive dinner was a pear and stilton salad.

Sunday Supper has made for many wonderful moments in my life. One of my favorites is when I got to meet Isabel in person. I drove to Florida to help her with scouting a location for the Food and Wine Conference. At one of the potential locations, we sat on a big screened in porch and had a meal of bread, cheese, and wine. It’s why I chose to make the Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts for the celebration. They have both bread and cheese and go fabulously with wine. (I’m counting the tart shell as bread).

Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts | Magnolia DaysSome notes on the tarts: They are filled with blue cheese crumbles, a simple egg and milk mixture, and topped with finely chopped walnuts. The crust is homemade with butter, cream cheese, and flour. Yes, there is double cheese lusciousness packed into these little bites. The crust dough seems very crumbly. I almost thought it would not work and nearly tossed it. I’m glad I stuck with it though. Remember to press or squeeze and roll it with your hand at the same time when making the dough balls. They will come together eventually.

Who else is bringing something to the party? Lots of folks! Our host is Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake and the list of Sunday Supper contributors and the recipes they are sharing is below. They are sharing more than recipes too. Each one has a favorite Sunday Supper moment and I can’t wait to see them. Join me in the fun of visiting and reading their posts.

Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts
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Yield: Makes 24 tarts
For the tart shells:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (unbleached recommended)
For the tarts:
  • 4 ounces blue cheese crumbles (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 to 3 drops of hot sauce
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
For the tart shells:
  1. Beat together cream cheese and butter in a small bowl until combined.
  2. Add flour and stir in or cut in using a fork or pastry blender.
  3. Press the dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Shape dough into 24 1-inch balls. You will need to squeeze the dough in your hand while shaping into the balls. The dough will seem crumbly but will come together.
  5. Place each ball into the wells of an ungreased mini muffin tin (1¾-inch muffin size).
  6. Use your fingers to press dough onto bottom and sides of the wells to form shells.
For the tarts:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine blue cheese and flour in a small bowl. Spoon evenly into tart shells.
  3. Whisk together egg, evapored milk, salt, and hot sauce. Spoon evenly over blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Sprinkle walnuts on top of each tart.
  5. Bake for 7 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Bake for an additional 17 minutes or until set.
  6. Cool tarts in the pan for 5 minutes then remove and serve immediately warm or continue to cool on a wire rack to serve at room temperature.
  7. Tarts can be made ahead and frozen. When ready to serve, put frozen tarts on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Time stated does not include chilling the dough.

Recipe adapted from one in the Southern Living 1986 Annual Recipes cookbook (no longer in print).

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  1. says

    One of my favorite moments of #SS 2013 was getting to meet the gracious lady from Magnolia Days at the F & W Conference =)

    And your yummy looking tarts, Renee, may be one of my favorite tastes of 2014!

    • says

      Oh Kim, you always have such kind words. Meeting you in person was a true highlight of the conference. I really do hope to see you there again this year.

  2. says

    I’m dying over these tartlets Renee! Honestly, I would stand next to them and eat the whole tray. The flavors are amazing, and isn’t the idea of meeting fellow bloggers one of the best things to come out of this? Have a great sunday!

    • says

      Yes, meeting fellow bloggers in person is one of the best things to come from Sunday Supper. I sincerely hope one day I’ll get to meet you in person. We have to find a way to get you here.

  3. says

    Renee, these tarts are just exquisite! I personally want to thank you for being such an integral part of the SS group…you’re a gem!!!

  4. says

    These tarts look AMAZING! Love everything about them.
    I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing, talented group and I am so happy that in 2013, I got to meet you and hang out with you for a weekend. I am truly excited about what 2014 has in store for all of us.
    That Isabel… she sure knew what she was doing, even when she wasn’t sure she did. :)

    • says

      I also feel blessed to be a part of the incredibly talented group. I was so excited to meet you in person at the conference and I’ll always remember our times there and laughing together throughout the whole event. Here’s to even more laughs and success for 2014!

  5. says

    I absolutely love these blue cheese walnut tarts!!! I love blue cheese! and you are a huge part of Sunday Supper. . everything you do. . this group would not be Sunday Supper without you! I’m hoping to meet you all in FL! fingers crossed!

    • says

      Crossing my fingers too Alice because I really want you to come so I can meet you in person. You are such a pleasure to have in the group.

  6. says

    Thank you for helping me water and feed that seed for the last two years… you know I am not much of a gardener… it wouldn’t have survived without you.
    I chuckle every time I think about meeting you in person for the first time. So many funny moments!

    • says

      It has been a pleasure to water and feed that seed! It’s been an even great pleasure to have you as a friend and work together on Sunday Supper. And the chuckles don’t stop on my end either. Just thinking about that farm visit has me laughing every time.

  7. says

    What a beautiful memory and inspiration for these amazing little tarts, Renee…just perfect! I am so happy to have met you and to be working alongside you. Can’t wait for the conference this year! Now, pass me a few tarts, please… 😉

  8. says

    These are GORGEOUS, Renee, not just the tarts themselves but the flavors! I am pinning these on my Recipes to Try board because we are huge fans of blue cheese and I know my husband would adore these.

  9. says

    Renee, it was nice to read about your friendship with Isabel and how it started, as well as how the group began. Your introduction is beautiful as are your photos and the recipe. We have all grown as bloggers, cooks, and artists as a result of Sunday Supper. I’m looking forward to reading the posts of others who were there from the beginning.


    • says

      Thanks so much Alaiyo. I still remember the first comment you left on my blog as it makes me smile even today. You are so kind and I am so happy you have been a part of Sunday Supper and hope you will continue to be a part of it too.

  10. says

    And you know what would go really well with your tarts? Pear slices!

    So, so glad I got to meet you and sup at Restaurant August with you and Isabel. One of the peak moments of my whole year!

    I have loved being a part of Sunday Supper, and cooking along with everyone each week.
    Cheers to another great year!

    • says

      Oh yes – pear slices – what a great suggestion. The meal we shared at August was epic and probably the best I had all of 2013. It was an evening with dear friends that I’ll never forget.

  11. says

    Oh beautiful! I wish I had a tray of these right now. I think the list of contributing recipes reads like a cookbook this week. what a wonderful way to enjoy a Sunday Supper!

  12. says

    I’ve enjoyed being in SundaySupper with you over the past year and a half! You are such an important part of the Sunday Supper movement. Your blue cheese tarts looks delicious!

  13. says

    You had me at Cheese! Never mind walnuts! It’s so heartfelt to hear of how this group first began, how you met, how you all developed this mission. I’m so happy to be a part of it. Thank you for all you do Renee! Now can I have a tart please?

  14. says

    These look so amazing, two of my favorite things together are blue cheese and walnuts. I HAVE to make this recipe. Thank you for all you do for making #SundaySupper so wonderful!!!

  15. says

    Seriously tasty looking eats, Renee. You ALWAYS bring it to the table. They look fabulous and I’m sure going to #pin it for the next work shindig. YUMMY!

    • says

      I probably don’t utilize blue cheese in as many things as I should (like melting it in cheese sauces or using it in mac and cheese). Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like blue cheese at all which makes it hard to incorporate it in our meals more often.

  16. says

    This recipe looks scrumptious! I am so grateful to you for all you do for #SundaySupper. Thanks for being a great example to me and others. Happy Birthday! HUGS

  17. says

    I saw the picture from the conference on Isabelle’s page and I though: “So wish I could ever join you girls!”
    But that won’t happen in the next years, unfortunately…
    Renee your little blue cheese tarts are just mouthwatering good. i can imagine the wonderful flavors and I can’t wait to try them. =)

  18. says

    Ooh these sound absolutely delicious Renee!Its been a pleasure cooking along with you for our Sunday Suppers!Would love to meet you in person someday :)

  19. says

    There is a small independent cheese store in town and they have amazing assortment of different types of blue cheeses. I didn’t realise there were so many different ways to get blue cheese and was happy to discover I do like some varieties. Can’t wait to give these a try.

    • says

      Thanks Jane! Those happen to be some of my favs too. Although, I think other combinations of cheese and nuts would be good in these tarts too.


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