The perfect combination of fresh tomatoes, creamy filling and crispy crust are baked into delicious tarts.
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold Land O Lakes® Butter
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
6 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 pound (2 cups) plum tomatoes, cored, seeded, cut into strips
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cups arugula
Salt, if desired
Pepper, if desired
Heat oven to 400ºF.
Combine flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt in bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in enough water with fork just until flour is moistened. Divide dough in half; shape each half into ball. Flatten slightly.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out 12 circles, using 4 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Press 1 dough circle into each ungreased muffin pan cup. Bake tartlet shells 5 minutes.
Combine cream cheese, sugar and vinegar in bowl; beat at medium speed until smooth. Add chopped cheese, Parmesan and basil; beat until well mixed.
Spread 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into each hot, partially baked tartlet shell. Divide tomatoes evenly over cheese mixture. Top each with 1 teaspoon cheese mixture.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
Combine olive oil and lemon juice in bowl; stir in salt and pepper, if desired. Add arugula; toss lightly. Top tomato tartlets with arugula.
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Arugula is an aromatic salad green with peppery mustard flavor. It is sold in small bunches and is bright green in color.
Use a 4 1/2-inch bowl or plate as cutting guide for crusts if you do not have 4 1/2-inch round cookie cutter.
Celebrate fresh tomatoes with recipes that show off their bright, full flavor. Tomatoes pair so well with basil, bacon and, of course, cheese.