Pine Nut and Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

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Festive, colorful appetizer that is full of flavor.
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Ingredients
  • PASTRY:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 3 tablespoons ice water - more if needed
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 (8 3/4 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 (4 oz) can chopped green chili peppers, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or salad oil)
  • 1 teaspoon shredded orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, snipped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated - or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese or cream cheese
Container: mixing bowl, tart pan or muffin cups
Directions
PREP
35 mins
COOK
10 mins
READY IN
45 mins
PASTRY CUPS:
  • Heat oven to 400°.
  • Place together flour, pine nuts, almonds and salt in a food processor.
  • Process for 30 seconds.
  • Add in shortening, pulsing until pieces are the size of small peas.
  • With the processor running, add 3 tablespoons water (more if needed) and run until mixture combines into a dough ball.
  • Form into a ball with hands, wrap in plastic wrap until ready to use.

FILLING:
  • Combine black beans, garbanzo, corn, chili peppers, cranberries, craisins and green onion in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine oil, orange juice, peel, honey, cilantro, ginger and a dash of salt. Whisk or shake together in a screw top jar.
  • Pour over bean mixture - toss to coat.
  • Cover and chill while making pastry.

MAKING PASTRY:
  • Roll pastry ball on a floured surface into a 15 inch circle.
  • Cut dough into 24 circles or ovals using 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cutter.
  • Fit cutouts into a mini-tart pan or muffin cups (1 3/4 inch muffin cups). Pleat edges as needed.
  • Prick with a fork.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from pans and continue to cool on wire racks.

TO SERVE:
  • Spoon approximately 1 teaspoon cheese (goat or cream cheese) into the bottom of each pastry shell.
  • Top with approximately 1 teaspoon bean mixture.
  • Serve immediately.
*Can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Keep bean mixture separate from shells until ready to serve.
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