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Roasted Ontario Pear, Shallot and Cumin Tartlets

These savoury Roasted Ontario Pear, Shallot and Cumin Tartlets are a fantastic appetizer that’s easy to make and elegant too!

Makes 18 tartlets

Roasted Ontario Pear, Shallot and Cumin Tartlets
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  • 18 prepared frozen mini-tartlet shells, par-baked as per package instructions
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated old Canadian cheddar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, divided
  • 2 ripe Ontario pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 1/2-inch (1 cm) diced shallots
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place baked tart shells on a baking sheet. Divide the cheddar evenly among the tart shells and set aside for later use.
  3. In a skillet (with an oven-proof handle) over medium high heat, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of butter and gently sauté the pear slices until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the pears to a plate and set aside.
  4. Heat same skillet over medium-high heat and add remaining butter, shallots and sugar. Sauté the shallots until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes, and add the vinegar, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Add pears to the mixture and gently stir to combine all of the flavours. Remove from heat.
  5. Divide the pear and shallot mixture evenly among the cheese-lined tart shells. Bake for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, until warm and cheese is melted. Serve warm.


PER SERVING (1 tartlet): about 105 cal, 2 g pro, 6 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 11 g carb, .79 g fibre, 7 mg chol, 110 mg sodium. % RDI: 3% calcium, 4% iron, 3% vit A, 2% vit C, 4% folate.

This recipe was kindly provided by our featured member, Ontario Tender Fruit.

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