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Roasted Ontario Pear, Shallot and Cumin Tartlets

Take your appetizers from the usual to the unexpected with these individual tartlets that feature sweet Ontario pears as the star. With a few simple pantry items, frozen mini tartlet shells, cheese and fresh delicious pears, these elegant bite-sized morsels can be prepared in a flash.

Makes 18 tartlets

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Ingredients

 

18 prepared frozen mini-tartlet shells, par-baked as per package instructions 18
1/2 cup grated old Canadian cheddar 125 ml
2 tbsp butter, divided 30 ml
2 ripe Ontario pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 2
1 cup 1/2-inch (1 cm) diced shallots 250 ml
1 tsp sugar 5 ml
1 tbsp sherry vingar 5 ml
1/2 tsp ground cumin 2 ml
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Place baked tart shells on a baking sheet. Divide the cheddar evenly among the tart shells and set aside for later use.

In a skillet (with an oven-proof handle) over medium high heat, melt 1 tbsp (15 ml) of butter and gently sauté the pear slices until golden, about three to five minutes. Transfer the pears to a plate and set aside.

Heat same skillet over medium-high heat and add remaining butter, shallots and sugar. Sauté the shallots until golden, about three to five minutes, and add the vinegar, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Add pears to the mixture and gently stir to combine all of the flavours. Remove from heat.

Divide the pear and shallot mixture evenly among the cheese-lined tart shells. Bake for approximately seven to 10 minutes, until warm and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Nutritional Info

PER SERVING (1 tartlet): about 105 cal, 2 g pro, 6 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 11 g carb,
.79 g fibre, 7 mg chol, 110 mg sodium. % RDI: 3% calcium, 4% iron, 3% vit A,
2% vit C, 4% folate.

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