Cooking Classics: Country Ham-Fresh Herb Cheese Tartlets

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Country Ham-Fresh Herb Cheese Tartlets

Warm canapés should be arranged on trays & passed during the cocktail hour. Country Ham-Fresh Herb Cheese Tartlets are flavored with a rich Gournay-style cheese, a bit of cream & eggs. The homemade tartlet shells blend together quickly & can be portioned into standard miniature muffin tins requiring no special equipment. Once baked, the savory tarts are finished with finely diced country ham making them perfect for any gathering large or small plus they pair well with cold cucumber canapés, Lemon-Dill Pickled Shrimp, Lemon-Ricotta Artichoke Dip & Rosemary-Pine Nut Olive Tapenade. Learn how to make a simple hors d,oeuvre that can be served for many celebratory occasions.

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makes 3 dozen

The tartlets will puff as they bake & settle back into the pan upon cooling & will not be smooth. The rustic appearance pairs well with country ham.

6 oz cream cheese, softened
6 Tbsp butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
6 Tbsp plain yellow cornmeal
1 cup Fresh Herb Cheese
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 eggs
1/2 Tbsp butter
2 oz country ham, cooked & diced
Garnish: Watercress

Beat the cream cheese & the butter with a stand mixer until smooth. Scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula. Blend in the flour & the cornmeal on Low speed until a dough forms. Divide the mixture into 36 pieces & roll into balls. Press the dough balls into 2 lightly greased 24-cup miniature muffin tins. Press the mixture evenly on the bottom & up the sides. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the Fresh Herb Cheese as directed & place 1 cup in a medium bowl. Fold in the cream & the eggs until blended & smooth. Portion the mixture into the prepared dough shells. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until the crust is golden & the filling is set. Let stand 5 minutes. Gently loosen the pies with a pairing knife.

Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over Medium approximately 2 minutes. Hold your hand about 2 inches over the surface. If it feels warm, add the butter to the skillet. It should sizzle & melt quickly. Be certain the butter lightly coats the entire surface of the skillet. Cook the ham 2 minutes per side. Add a little water to the skillet as needed to keep the drippings from scorching. Remove the ham & dice. Top the warm tartlets with the ham. Garnish, if desired.

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How To Make Country Ham-Fresh Herb Cheese Tartlets

Country Ham-Fresh Herb Cheese Tartlets can be prepared up to a day in advance & chilled. Place them on a half sheet pan & bake at 300 degrees 8 to 10 minutes to warm them. Top with the country ham before arranging on a platter & serving them. The tartlets taste wonderful cold along side beautiful salads, too. Try them with Roasted Beet & Carrot Spinach Salad With Lentils & Fresh Dill-Feta Dressing.

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The Technique

A few pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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Beat the cream cheese & the butter with a stand mixer until smooth. Scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula. Blend in the flour & the cornmeal on Low speed until a dough forms. Divide the mixture into 36 pieces & roll into balls. Press the dough balls into 2 lightly greased 24-cup miniature muffin tins. Press the mixture evenly on the bottom & up the sides. Chill 30 minutes.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the Fresh Herb Cheese as directed & place 1 cup in a medium bowl. Fold in the cream & the eggs until blended & smooth. Portion the mixture into the prepared dough shells. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden & the filling is set. Let stand 5 minutes. Gently loosen the pies with a pairing knife.

Country Ham-Fresh Herb Tartlets. Warm Canapes By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials TV Cooking Personality Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Game Day Tailgating Southern Hostess Modern Southern Socials Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial DirectorNo. 3

Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over Medium approximately 2 minutes. Hold your hand about 2 inches over the surface. If it feels warm, add the butter to the skillet. It should sizzle & melt quickly. Be certain the butter lightly coats the entire surface of the skillet. Cook the ham 2 minutes per side. Add a little water to the skillet as needed to keep the drippings from scorching. Remove the ham & dice. Top the warm tartlets with the ham. Garnish, if desired.

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