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Roasted Pear & Gouda Phyllo Tarts

Total Time: 25 MIN Makes: 45 appetizers
Prep Time: 10 MIN Cook Time: 15 MIN

Courtesy of Michael N. Masseria, Executive Chef, Totally Cooked Catering, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • 3 cups pears, peeled and 1/2″ diced
  • 2 tablespoons blended oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • a pinch Cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups smoked gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 packages (15 count, each) Athens® Phyllo Shells
  • 2 1/2 ounces Ginger Snaps, crushed or cut into small triangles, for garnish


Toss the pears with the oil and spices and roast in a 350ºF oven until the pears are tender. Set aside to cool. Bring the cream to a simmer and stir in the cheese heating for 10-15 minutes or until smooth and thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the cooled pears. Once cooled, spoon the mixture into the shells and garnish with ginger snaps triangles or sprinkle crushed ginger snaps.


  • For added crispness, preheat oven to 350⁰F. Place empty shells on a baking sheet and bake for 3-5 minutes. Cool and fill.
  • The filling can be made ahead of time and then spooned into the shells and garnished as needed.


Serving size: 1 shell (25g), Amount per serving: Calories 60, Calories from Fat – 45, Total Fat –4.5g, Saturated fat – 2.5g, Trans Fat – 0g, Cholesterol –15mg, Sodium – 85mg, Dietary Fiber – 0g,Total carbohydrate -3g Sugars – 1g, Protein – 2g, Vitamin A – 2%, Vitamin C – 0%, Calcium – 4%, Iron 0%