Goat Cheese, Bacon and Jalapeno Pecan Tartlets

Helen Fields


The smoky, salty, crunchy bacon is a delicious complement to the creamy goat cheese. The jalapeno pecans adds a bit of peppery sweet to this tasty tidbit. Easy to prepare and a delight to serve.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This bite-size appetizer is full of flavor. The creamy, tangy goat cheese goes perfectly with the salty, crisp bacon. A pecan topping really makes these special. The crunchy toasted pecans are glazed with the sweet pepper jelly. The sweetness only lasts a second until the spiciness of the jelly kicks in. This app will be great for holiday parties.

NOTE: I used a pipping bag to pipe the softened cheese into the pastry, this really gave the tarts a great presentation.


1/2 c
cup chopped pecans
6 slice
applewood smoked bacon
egg white
1/4 c
prepared jalapeno jelly
4 oz
goat cheese, slightly softened
prepared (2-inch) tartlet shells; baked*


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1Put pecans in a single layer in a pie dish. Place dish in cold oven. Turn oven on to preheat to 375 degrees F. Toast pecans about 7-8 minutes while oven is preheating.

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2Line a jelly roll pan with foil. Place bacon in a single layer on pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon to paper towel lined plate to drain; set aside.

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3In a small bowl, whisk egg white until frothy.

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4Stir in toasted pecans to coat.

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5Melt jelly in a small heavy-duty pan over low heat. Use a fork, or slotted spoon to lift pecans into melted jelly; stir to coat pecans. Stirring constantly, bring mixture just to a boil; remove from heat and pour out onto parchment paper.

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6Separate pecans with a fork; cool.

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7Spoon 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons goat cheese into each tart shell.

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8Cut each slice bacon into 3 equal pieces; place 1 serving over goat cheese in shell.

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9Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon pecans onto top of each. Serve immediately at room temperature.

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10*You may use purchased prepared shells, make your own from your favorite pie dough recipe, or for a real treat that requires a little extra time, make them from pate brisee.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Collection: New Year Party