Tomato and Cheese Tarts with Basil

July 19, 2012


This is a very exciting post for me! Kitchen PLAY asked me to participate in its “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event, sponsored by LAND O’ LAKES Deli Cheese. (See below for more details about the event.) My assignment was to create a fun, summer dish featuring Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend deli cheese.

In order to get an idea for a recipe, I first had to sample the cheese. I’d never tried this cheese and was pleasantly surprised by how rich and creamy it was. The flavors were bold, featuring Asiago, Romano and Parmesan cheeses. Instantly, I thought back to this summer tomato pie recipe and used it as inspiration.

I decided on mini cheese and tomato tarts with bright basil and tangy spring onions. These tarts are ideal for out door dining because they are portable and make perfect individual servings that don’t require utensils. Besides, who doesn’t love tomato pie in summertime?


Ingredients: (makes 8 pies)
3 tomatoes, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
6 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
8 tart shells (about 4 inches in diameter)
8 slices Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend deli cheese
salt and pepper
cherry tomatoes (for garnish)

Directions: Prebake the pie shells at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes (or follow package instructions). Set aside to cool.

Next, drain any excess water off the tomatoes. Scrape out the seeds and press with a paper towel. Get as much of the water out as you can before adding them to the mayo mix.

In a mixing bowl, combine the mayo, onions, basil, and tomatoes. Add in about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper as well.


Fill the tart shells with the mayo and tomato mixture.


Top each with a slice of Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend deli cheese.




Place on a baking sheet and add a cherry tomato garnish.


Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 min, until cheese is melted and golden brown on the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.


Garnish with more chopped basil and onion.


A perfect 3 bite snack, ideal for a picnic or barbecue.


Thank you, Kitchen PLAY and LAND O’LAKES for asking me to participate in “30 Days of Outdoor Dining!”

Read on for more information about this event.


Be sure to check Kitchen PLAY every day for the next fabulous recipe featuring new LAND O LAKES® 4 Cheese Italian Blend or LAND O LAKES® Deli American Cheese. Then, get in on the fun by leaving a comment with your own “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” tip for dining al fresco this summer. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a lovely grilling prize pack, including one grilling spatula, one marinade brush, one set of tongs and one grill scraper. Kitchen PLAY will be giving away four prizes total, one each week! Please visit Kitchen PLAY for sweepstakes guidelines.

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Land O’Lakes as part of the Kitchen PLAY SideCar series. All opinions given are my own.

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Suzanne Holt September 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm

These look amazing! I’ve never tried or bought the 4 cheese Italian blend, but from what you said it sounds great. I can not wait to try these!

Meghan October 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

These look delicious! I’m going to try to make them this week!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods October 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Great! Hope you enjoy! :)

David July 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

These look great. I cannot wait to taste one soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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