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Mozzarella and Pesto Crescent Mini Tarts

mozzarella and pesto crescent mini tarts Side Dish
Mozzarella and Pesto Crescent Mini Tarts
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 12

Mozzarella and pesto mini tarts are a deliciously easy appetizer you can whip up with only 20 minutes of prep. With only a handful of simple ingredients, these bite-sized starters couldn't be easier. Using your muffin tin, you can make your mini tarts with basil pesto, fresh mozzarella and tomato baked inside garlic-buttered crescent cups. These savory mini tarts are sure to be a hit for mealtime, game day celebrations, movie night and whenever you need a satisfying vegetarian snack.

Updated March 16, 2021
Pillsbury Crescents
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Pillsbury Crescents

Ingredients

  • 1
    can (8 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Crescent Dough Sheet
  • 1
    tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4
    teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3
    cup refrigerated basil pesto (from 7-oz container)
  • 12
    fresh mozzarella cheese balls (1 inch), drained, (from 8-oz container), cut in half
  • 6
    grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 3
    tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 24 miniature muffin cups with cooking spray. Unroll crescent dough sheet into 12x8-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows to make 24 squares.
  • 2
    Gently press dough squares into muffin cups (dough will not completely cover inside of cup; do not press too much). In small bowl, mix melted butter and garlic powder. Brush mixture lightly onto insides of crescent dough. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • 3
    Fill each baked crescent cup with generous 1/2 teaspoon pesto, cheese ball half and tomato quarter. Bake 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is softened. Remove from pan. Top with basil before serving. Serve warm.

  • Fresh mozzarella comes in various sizes and forms. We tested with the 1/3 oz ciliegine (cherry size or 1-inch balls), cut in half, for this mini tart recipe.
  • Using a pizza cutter works well for cutting the dough into squares for your savory mini tarts. Try to get even-sized pieces for the best results.
  • Cooking Vegetarian? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is vegetarian. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tarts
Calories
120
Calories from Fat
70
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10mg
4%
Sodium
290mg
12%
Potassium
85mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
10g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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