Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts for #SundaySupper

by Renee on January 12, 2014

Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts | Magnolia Days

A 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 Days

Some 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

45 minutes

Makes 24 tarts

Blue Cheese Walnut Tarts

    For the tart shells:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
For the tart shells:

Beat together cream cheese and butter in a small bowl until combined.

Add flour and stir in or cut in using a fork or pastry blender.

Press the dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.

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.

Place each ball into the wells of an ungreased mini muffin tin (1 3/4-inch muffin size).

Use your fingers to press dough onto bottom and sides of the wells to form shells.

For the tarts:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine blue cheese and flour in a small bowl. Spoon evenly into tart shells.

Whisk together egg, evapored milk, salt, and hot sauce. Spoon evenly over blue cheese crumbles.

Sprinkle walnuts on top of each tart.

Bake for 7 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Bake for an additional 17 minutes or until set.

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.

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.

Notes

Time stated does not include chilling the dough.

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

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The Ninja Baker January 12, 2014 at 4:12 am

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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

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.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes January 12, 2014 at 5:13 am

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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

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.

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Sarah Toasty January 12, 2014 at 6:11 am

“double cheese lusciousness.” and I’m sold.

these look awesome, enjoy your Sunday supper!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Nothing beats double cheese, or perhaps more cheese.

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Liz January 12, 2014 at 7:05 am

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!!!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

You are very welcome Liz and I’m so grateful you are a part of the group. I hope to see you at the conference this year.

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom January 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

Your tarts look amazing. Happy 2nd Anniversary!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Thank you Marjory and I’m glad that you are a part of our 2nd Anniversary and hope you will continue with us in our journey.

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Nicole January 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

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. :)

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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!

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

Blue cheese, walnuts and hot sauce. What’s not to love? What a great recipe, Renee. Pinning!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Thanks Renee and the pin is very much appreciated!

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Katie January 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

What a wonderful combination here! My husband is crazy about blue cheese and walnuts, so these sound perfect…

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Katie and I hope to see you again at the conference this year. It was great to meet you there last year.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom January 12, 2014 at 9:36 am

Renee,
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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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.

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Jennifer B January 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

These are just so adorable! I have to admit that I am not a blue cheese fan, but I could easily substitute another cheese and enjoy. :)

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Oh yes, if you don’t like blue cheese then try another one. I’m sure it would be just as great.

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Family Foodie January 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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.

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Heather // girlichef January 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

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… ;)

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Virtually passing a few tarts your way now. And what a great time we will have again at this year’s conference. I can’t wait!

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Amy Kim January 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

You and Isabel are a fierce team! I’m so glad I met you last summer! I hope to see you IRL again this summer!

BTW…love these tarts!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Thanks so much Amy and I also hope you can make it to the conference this year.

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Stacy January 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

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.

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Thank you very much Stacy and big thanks for the pin!

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Constance @FoodieArmyWife January 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

These are adorable, and look absolutely addictive! Happy Birthday! :D

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Yes, I think they can certainly be addictive. It was hard to stop munching on them. I finally froze some so I could enjoy them later.

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Katy January 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Thank you for all you do for this wonderful group, Renee. And these tarts are just gorgeous. So elegant!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Thanks Katy and the tarts do have a certain elegance to them.

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Lauren @ Healthy Delicious January 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

My husband was reading my post this morning and instantly zeroed in on the link to these. I have to agree, they look and sound incredible!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

How great! Please send my thanks to your husband (and thanks to you too).

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Alaiyo Kiasi-Barnes January 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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.

Alaiyo

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

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.

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious January 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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.

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Holly January 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

It is like a cookbook – great observation and I agree on it being a wonderful way to celebrate.

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Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg January 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm

A flaky cream cheese dough filled with blue cheese and walnuts, what a delicious combination of flavors. Pinning!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I’m thinking about using the mini cream cheese shells for other types of tarts too. I bet little cheesecakes with it would be incredible.

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Hezzi-D January 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Heather and I’ve really enjoyed your being in the group and all your contributions, posts, and recipes.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals January 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

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?

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Tammi – you make us smile so often and it’s wonderful that you are a part of the group. It would not be the same without you.

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Shannon R January 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

What a great recipe! I’m hoping I can make it to a conference soon to meet everyone!!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Please do try hard to make it to the conference. It would be so nice to meet you in person.

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Marie@citronlimette January 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm

These tarts look adorable and delicious.

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Thanks Marie. I actually managed to freeze a few so I can pull them out at a moment’s notice and enjoy them later.

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Tara January 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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!!!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

And thank you Tara for being a part of Sunday Supper too.

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts January 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Yep. Wine pairs well with cheese and bread. I can see how these tarts are delicious. Looks like it too!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Thanks DB and I’m so glad you are a part of the Sunday Supper Movement and a moderator for our forum.

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Christie January 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Oh thank you so much Christie and you know I really appreciate the pin.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere January 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I’ve just recently realized how versatile blue cheese can be. This sounds like a great flavor combo!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required January 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I love how your brought your beginning Sunday Supper post into today’s. Your article is lovely, as always, both in print and pictures!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

You are so kind Betsy and I’m so glad you are a part of the Sunday Supper group.

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Cheryl January 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

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

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Thanks and hugs to you Cheryl!

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Terry January 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm

LOVE!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Terry and it’s definitely a recipe I’ll make for one of our gatherings.

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Helene D'Souza January 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

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. =)

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Oh Helene, if only there was a way you could make it to Florida to join us at the conference. It would be wonderful to meet you in person.

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) January 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration for #SundaySupper. I enjoy every event!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Thank you Sarah and you have inspired me in so many way. Your creativity with healthy options and recipes is amazing.

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Soni January 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

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 :)

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I hope we do get to meet in person one day Soni and soon too.

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Shaina January 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Blue cheese…mmm so good! It’s been great getting to know you through this group, Renee! I always love your recipes!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Thank you so much Shaina and I feel the same way about how nice it has been to get to know you through the group.

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Susan January 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Beautiful tarts. Just need to swap that blue cheese for something else. Can’t get past that taste. :-)

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

I think feta would work nicely too. Cheddar is another option.

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Laura January 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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.

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Blue cheese has such a range from creamy to crumbly and mild to very pungent. I’m glad to see you have discovered blue cheese to enjoy.

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Jane's Adventures in Dinner January 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm

What a gorgeous treat to bring to any party. All of my favs in one tart shell.

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

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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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) January 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Your tarts are adorable, Renee! You had me at blue cheese, but I need an alternate nut that would go as well as walnuts. I’d love to make these, but walnuts are not my favorite. Any alternate suggestions?

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

My second choice would be pecans. Another is marcona almonds which are commonly found on cheese trays along with blue cheese.

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Anita at Hungry Couple January 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

Happy SS anniversary. You can feed me blue cheese tarts (with or without walnuts) every day of the week! :)

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Anita and if you don’t care for walnuts I’m sure the tarts would be great without them or with another nut.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood January 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

These sound so delicious. I love blue cheese and I’m a sucker for anything mini!

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Renee January 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I thoroughly enjoy mini treats too. Something about a bite or two doesn’t seem so indulgent either. Well, unless I eat a dozen or so.

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Anne @ Webicurean January 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I know what I’m making for my next party! I love finding new appetizers like this!

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Renee January 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Thanks Anne and I hope they are a hit at your next party.

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Delaware Girl Eats January 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Just the dish to bring to a party — great ingredient combination — cathy

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Renee January 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I totally agree! Thanks Cathy

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