Strawberry Basil Pesto Tartlets

These savory and satisfying hors d’oeuvres layer basil pesto, cambozola cheese and juicy strawberries in kalamata shortbread cradles.
Strawberry Basil Pesto Tartlets

Strawberry Basil Pesto Tartlets

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
Yield: 18 Tartlets
Calories: 135kcal

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  • Food processor, immersion blender


For the kalamata shortbread:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup sliced kalamata olives

For the pesto:

  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ tsp each kosher salt and pepper
  • 10-12 large California strawberries
  • 16-18 basil leaves
  • 2 ½ oz Cambozola cheese sliced into 16-18 pieces
  • Microgreens for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • For the shortbread, in the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, butter and pepper to a fine crumb. Add olives and continue pulsing 5-6 times until olives are finely minced.
  • Scrape dough onto a flat surface and knead a few times to form a ball. Dust surface lightly with flour and roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Cut out shapes using a 3-inch flower cookie cutter. Rework and roll out dough as needed to make 16-18 flowers.
  • Gently transfer each flower into a muffin pan, allowing the petal ends to curl up the sides of muffin molds. Bake on center rack of oven for 12-13 minutes until bottoms and petal ends are light golden. Remove pan and let cool.
  • For basil pesto, blend together basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper with a hand immersion blender. Set aside.
  • Slice strawberries in half lengthwise; carve each half into a heart shape.
  • Place a basil leaf on a shortbread flower, top with a slice of Cambozola, teaspoon of pesto and a strawberry heart. Repeat steps to make 16-18 tartlets.
  • Garnish with microgreens just before serving.


Tip: Cambozola is a triple cream, brie-style blue cheese found in most major supermarkets. Substitute with brie or blue cheese if desired.


Serving: 1  tartlet | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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