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Almond Sausage Cheese Tarts

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Ingredients
For pastry
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs), softened
  Cream cheese 8 Ounce (1 package)
  Chopped chives 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs), sifted
For almond sausage
  Medium spiced pork sausage 1⁄2 Pound
  Whole blanched almonds 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), finely chopped
  Sliced green onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Garlic powder To Taste
  Hot mustard 2 Tablespoon
  Egg 1
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter and cheese.
2. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.
3. Stir in chives and salt.
4. Add flour, a little at a time, working the mixture into a dough using a fork or pastry binder to mix.
5. Divide the dough into two equal portions, wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
6. Preheat the oven to 375 degree F before baking.

MAKING
7. On a floured work surface, roll our prepared dough into 1/4 inch thick sheet and cut out into circles large enough to line 4-inch tart molds.
8. Trim excess pasty and neaten the edges.
9. Prick tart shells with fork and arrange on a baking sheet.
10. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes until golden.
11. Remove and let cool.
12. In the meantime, heat a large skillet
13. Crumble in sausage meat and sauté until browned.
14. Stir in the onions, almonds and seasonings and sauté a few minutes more until cooked.
15. Take pan off the heat and let mixture cool slightly.
16. Blend in egg and mustard into the meat mixture.
17. Spoon the sausage mixture into the baked tart shells.
18. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes until egg is set.

SERVING
19. Serve the tarts warm as an appetizer.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Sausage
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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