Fitting a pastry crust into a dish and baking it without a filling is called blind-baking. Crust for pies and tarts with fillings that don’t require baking are blind-baked. Crusts are also blind-baked to set them so they don’t shrink when baked with their filling. In this recipe, blind-baking ensures the wedges have a nice crisp crust, despite their soft filling.
Pepperoni can be used in place of the hard salami.
Serve this rich appetizer tart with cold beer or white wine.