Ok! These cute little tartlets may be these easiest appetizers ever!
The secret is using store-bought ingredients to help you take the stress out of entertaining.
This simple appetizer was inspired by a amuse buche I had at one of my favorite restaurants … Felicia Suzanne’s in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Chef Felicia Willett not only makes her own signature pimento cheese using Tennessee sharp cheddar, but she also makes her own Five Pepper Jelly from peppers she procured at the local Farmers Market. Even her tartlet shells are made from scratch using locally sourced cornmeal. It is a heavenly little bite of all things Southern.
Recently, I decided to have friends over for cocktails before dinner at the last minute. I made an emergency run to the grocery store to see what munchies I could whip up … and I remembered the little bites of goodness I had enjoyed from Felicia. My local grocery had all the ingredients I needed to quickly pull this appetizer together. The only cooking that would be needed was to fry up some bacon … the rest would be just assembly.
It took me minutes to assemble these little tartlets … and even less time for them to be devoured by my friends! They were the easiest to prepare item on my menu … and probably the most popular.
Hope your friends enjoy them as much as mine did!
Pimento Cheese Tartlets
1 cup pimento cheese (store-bought or homemade)
16 dozen mini tart shells (store-bought or homemade)
1/2 cup pepper jelly
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
Spoon pimento cheese into the tart shell. Top with a dollop of pepper jelly and crumbled bacon.
Makes 16 bite-size tarts.