Incredible Cheddar Cheese Tart

LAST UPDATED: Jul 23, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 22, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Cheddar Cheese Tarts are delicious, perfectly portioned hors d’oeuvres for entertaining! They are exploding with rich cheddar flavor and so easy to make – ideal for brunch or served as a savory appetizer.

This post is sponsored by Cabot.

A small cheddar cheese tart topped with fresh herbs on a marble surface.

As a former event planner and caterer and entertaining enthusiast, I love serving easy to eat bites that look as beautiful as they taste. These Cheddar Cheese Tarts are quick, easy and beautiful not to mention amazing.

If there is one food that I cannot live without, it’s cheese. While I love all cheese, classic cheddar is one of my favorites. It’s so versatile and flavorful.

A white scalloped dish filled with small cheddar cheese tarts.

It’s incredible on its own, but pairs beautifully with other flavors. In addition to making classic cheese tarts, I mixed some up with thyme and caramelized onions, and savory tomato and spinach – the options are endless!

That’s why I had so much fun creating these delectable little cheddar cheese tarts! You can make them with premade crust or phyllo shells for the easiest little shortcut. A dash of decadent heavy cream in the cheese mixture really seals the deal!

The end result? A creamy, cheesy tart that truly tastes as good as it looks! They are simple and yet add a touch of elegance for entertaining.

A white scalloped dish filled with small cheddar cheese tartlets, block of Cabot brand cheddar cheese in background.
mini cheese tarts scattered on marble

Why You’ll Love These Tarts

As a long-time entertaining enthusiast, I’ve become a fan of simple, yet beautiful presentations. I like to focus on a few items that I know will give me a little wow moment without taking too much of my time.

Serve them for brunch along with my fresh fruit skewers, a simple spring mix salad, with these pink champagne cupcakes for dessert. Add a fruity champagne cocktail and you’re all set!

Creating a simple, yet special menu is what makes entertaining a breeze. And when I can incorporate ingredients that I feel good about, even better!

A small cheddar cheese tart topped with fresh herbs on a marble surface.

That’s why I love Cabot, a co-operative owned by farm families throughout New England and New York and 100% of profits go back to the farmers.

They’re also a certified B Corporation, which means they balance purpose with profit. That’s exactly the kind of business our family loves to support!

Eggs, herbs, cream and cheddar cheese on a marble surface.

Cheese Tart Ingredients

  • Crust – Homemade or store-bought pie crust, cream cheese pie crust, phyllo dough or phyllo shells.
  • Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese – The star of the show! Aged for 12 months, it’s creamy and smooth, and melts beautifully! It offers a buttery flavor to this delicious dish. You can always mix it up with one of Cabot’s flavored cheddars! A white marble surface with a packaged block of Cabot sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Heavy Cream – Makes these tarts incredibly light and moist.
  • Eggs – Create an incredible custard base for this savory appetizer or brunch bite.

Optional Additions

  • Herbs – Thyme, rosemary and basil are all wonderful additions and the perfect compliment to cheddar.
  • VeggiesCaramelized onions, peppers, spinach, arugula, mushrooms, or cherry tomatoes.
  • Protein – Prosciutto, ham, cooked bacon, cooked guanciale, cooked sausage.
A muffin pan with cheddar cheese tart ingredients in each cup.

How to Make Cheese Tarts

  1. Prep – Grease mini tart pan or mini muffin tin and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make Custard – In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat eggs and heavy cream until well combined. Creamy egg and cheddar cheese mixture in a glass bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Fill – Roll out pie dough on a floured surface. Cut into circles and place pie crust in each cup. A cut out of dough inside a muffin cup.Optional – add caramelized onion, mushrooms and/or protein. Fill 3/4 of the way with custard. A cut out of dough inside a muffin cup, cheddar cheese egg filling inside.Top generously with freshly shredded Cabot Cheddar Cheese. A hand preparing to place shredded cheddar cheese into a muffin cup A muffin pan with cheddar cheese tart ingredients in each cup.
  4. Bake – These mini tarts don’t need long in the oven – approximately 15 minutes or until set.A muffin pan with cheddar cheese tart ingredients in each cup.
A muffin pan with cheddar cheese tarts in each cup.

Fresh Shredded Cheese

If you’re a regular reader, you already know this little secret…

Shred your cheddar fresh from a block of cheese. It’s the simplest step that makes an incredible difference in your recipes. It’s worth the extra minute or two of effort!

Freshly shredded white cheddar cheese.

When you freshly shred quality cheese, it’s SO creamy and melts to perfection. Additives from shredded cheese prevent the cheese from sticking in packages.

While those pre-shredded bags can certainly work in a pinch, give that extra step of shredding your cheddar a try. You might be surprised at the additional flavor it adds to these little cheddar cheese tarts and ALL your cheesy recipes!

Freshly shredded white cheddar cheese.

When you’re buying a quality cheddar, why not take the extra step to shred it fresh? Cabot has swept the cheddar categories for years and years. They won a total of 37 awards last year alone. That’s the fresh shredded flavor I’m talking about!

A muffin pan with cheddar cheese tarts in each cup.

Tips

  • Season – Salt and pepper to taste, if you wish – but they don’t need it! Be especially careful with any added salt, because cheddar cheese is generally salted.
  • Pre-made Pie Crust – If you’re using a premade pie crust, use anything as a circle cutter to make your life easier. This cuts the crust into the perfect shape for the muffin tin cups.
  • Serving Suggestion – These can be served warm or at room temperature. They’re delicious either way and all the better for entertaining!
  • Make Ahead – Yes, you can bake these up to two days in advance and store in a sealed, refrigerated container. Simply reheat to warm when ready to serve.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container refrigerated up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container up to 3 months. Thaw overnight. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 12 minutes or until golden brown.

If you’re looking for the simplest way to serve these miniature cheddar cheese tarts, you’ve got to check out this amazing tart pan! It even comes with a cutter to help create the pretty scalloped edges you see pictured here!

close up of cheese tart with thyme on top

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A white scalloped dish filled with small cheddar cheese tarts.

PS if you’re a cheese lover, too, try Cabot’s 1, 2, 3, and 5 year cheddars. You’ll thank me later!

More Easy Entertaining Recipes

close up of cheese tart with thyme on top

Cheddar Cheese Tarts

Julie Blanner
Bite sized Cheddar Cheese Tarts packed with flavorful cheddar cheese and custard.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 176 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pie crust divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Cabot cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon thyme or other fresh herbs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease tart or mini muffin tin.
  • Roll out pie dough on a floured surface. Cut dough into circles using a tart or cookie cutter and place into individual tins.
  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, whisk eggs and cream.
  • Pour mixture into crusts until 3/4 full.
  • Top generously with cheddar cheese. Garnish with herbs.
  • Bake 15 minutes or until set.

Notes

Substitutions

Crust 
  • Homemade, store-bought pie crust or cream cheese pie crust cut into circles to press into tartlet pan or mini muffin tin
  • Phyllo Dough – cut into circles to press into tartlet pan or mini muffin tin
  • Phyllo Shells – place on a small cookie sheet. Yields 36.

Variations

  • Herbs – Garnish with thyme, rosemary or basil just before baking.
  • Veggies – Add caramelized onions, peppers, spinach, arugula, mushrooms, just before filling with custard and cheese. Place halved cherry tomatoes on top just before the bake.
  • Protein – Add prosciutto, ham, cooked bacon, cooked guanciale, cooked sausage before filling with custard and topping with cheese.

Tips

  • Season – Salt and pepper to taste, if you wish – but they don’t need it! Be especially careful with any added salt, because cheddar cheese is generally salted.
  • Pre-made Pie Crust – If you’re using a pre-made pie crust, use anything as a circle cutter to make your life easier. This cuts the crust into the perfect shape for the muffin tin cups.
  • Serving Suggestion – These can be served warm or at room temperature. They’re delicious either way and all the better for entertaining!
  • Make Ahead – Yes, you can bake these up to two days in advance and store in a sealed, refrigerated container. Simply reheat to warm when ready to serve.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container refrigerated up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container up to 3 months. Thaw overnight. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories:176kcalCarbohydrates:8gProtein:5gFat:14gSaturated Fat:7gCholesterol:85mgSodium:143mgPotassium:58mgFiber:1gSugar:1gVitamin A:420IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:91mgIron:1mg
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