Individual Artichoke Tarts

Well I’m back! Not that I went anywhere, I have just been busy, busy. Between the release of our wine, wine events, summer in general, vineyard work and my Mom coming to visit, it has been a whirlwind of a month.

Luckily, it has been beautiful in Oregon this summer with a menagerie of weather patterns to keep us guessing whether to wear shorts, pants or sweaters. The constant uncertainty just keeps it exciting.

The beautiful tarts are based on a Weight Watchers recipe but of course this adaptation was not “diet-like” whatsoever. Maybe this is why they were so delicious!!

Give these a try at your next meal, you will love them.

Individual Artichoke Tatrts
Adapted from Weight Watchers

Cooking spray (olive oil)
16 wonton wrappers
1/4 cup low-fat shredded cheese (extra-sharp cheddar cheese-not low-fat)
4 oz. fat-free cream cheese (regular cream cheese)
1/4 teapsoon cayenne pepper (chili powder and hot sauce)
1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons sweet red pepper, chopped
7 oz canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped green onion)
1 pound of bacon, fried crispy and chopped

Preheat oven to 350o. Coat a 16 hole miniature muffin pan with cooking spray.

Gently press 1 wonton wrapper into each muffin hole, allowing ends to extend above cups. Coat edges of wrappers with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine cheeses, cayenne pepper and mustard; mix well. Stir in red pepper and artichoke hearts and evenly spoon the cheese mixture into each muffin cup.

Bake until cheese mixture is set and edges of wrappers are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Garnish with parsely and bacon and serve.

I believe if you follow the Weight Watchers recipe in black,each tart is 1 point each. If you follow the other recipe in red, it is just sinfully delicous and who cares about the points.

We found these tarts to pair deliciously withourNoble Pig Pinot Noir as the acidity of the wine cut right through the fat in this recipemakin these tarts a real foodie treat.

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19 Comments

  1. I have found that I like artichokes when in a spinach dip, which, amazingly, is the only way I like spinach! This sounds almost ‘dip’ like so I want to try these. Congrats again on your wine being ready-I need to scoot over and buy a bottle before they are all gone!

  2. elra 2

    Welcome back Cathy :)
    I like this kind of mini tarts, helathy and delicious. Love the artichokes.

  3. Dawn 3

    Okay I have the Pinot Noir so now I am going to make these!! We already had three bottles of the Pinot and are ordering more soon, thanks!!

  4. Ooooo these look good! And congrats on the wine! So cool.

  5. This is weight watchers? Quick, sign me up. They look fantastic.

  6. nina 6

    Most definitely not for the weight conscious, but delicious nonetheless!! Well done on all you achievements.

  7. This looks so good and great presentation. Yummy and cute!

  8. Yummy!! Will you bring these when we meet up in Iowa for some wine?;)

  9. It’s been fun watching your progress on FB and I’m happy you are back blogging again. I miss your posts. Yummy tarts.

  10. Rachel 10

    These look delicious. It’s required to double the batch, right?

  11. Barbie with a T 11

    These look awesome! I want to try them. Artichokes are one of my favorite veggies, so I know I would love them. Thanks for this one! So pretty and nice photography!

  12. Marjie 12

    I don’t want no stinkin’ diet food anyhow. I want the regular cheese and the bacon, because food needs to taste good! Glad your summer has been so productive.

  13. the added bacon looks amazing!

  14. Laura 15

    don’t eat meat anymore but I am thinking that these could be AS awesome without it here. Yes?

  15. julie 16

    I’d love to eat a bunch of these and just pretend they are weight watcher friendly :)

  16. Joe 18

    This recipe is awesome.
    Be sure to use the modified one.
    They turn out exactly like the photo and taste just as good.

  17. How cool are these guys! I am loving the recipe.

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