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Mozzarella and Pesto Crescent Mini Tarts

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Mozzarella and Pesto Crescent Mini Tarts
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 12
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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 Jun 4, 2021

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.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    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.
  • tip 3
    Cooking Vegetarian? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is vegetarian. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Information

120 Calories, 8g Total Fat, 3g Protein, 10g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tarts
Calories
120
Calories from Fat
70
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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