Thanksgiving Appetizer: DIY Tartlet Bar

I’m going to switch gears a bit today and do some holiday appetizers. Next to dessert, appetizers are my favorite thing to make. It’s the preamble to all good meals and it’s a great way to get the party started, especially if you set up a DIY tartlet bar.

DIY Tartlet Bar via Bakers Royale

I love this idea. It gets everyone moving and talking.

To get started, make sure you set up the table where it can be approached from both sides and it’s best to have a few ideas presented to get people going. The key to making a successful DIY Tartlet Bar is stocking it with high quality ingredients. The variety of cheeses not only makes it so there is a little something for everyone, but it also creates the savory base for fun pairings with fruits, cold cuts, herbs, nuts and many other things.

Roquefort and Strawberry Tartlet via Bakers Royale

A few of my favorites cheeses are: Président Manchego, Rondelé Garlic & Herbs, Président Camembert and Société Roquefort. The combinations you see here are pretty simple. I like the sweet play of strawberries on Roquefort, punched up with a peppery bite of watercress. But the fruity bite with the fig and raspberries is my favorite—the low acidity from the raspberries is just enough to complement the creaminess of the Camembert while the fig rounds out the bite with its sweet subtleness.

Camembert and Fig Tartletvia Bakers Royale

For the meat lovers combination, click here  to see my fun pairing of Manchego cheese with microgreens, an egg wedge and prosciutto; along with the Rondelé Garlic & Herbs paired with smoked salmon. While you are there, make sure you enter to win $50 worth of your own Président cheese, by visiting the, where you can download a coupon and enter the Pinterest sweepstakes, plus find more holiday recipes and product information.

Roquefort and Strawberry with Bakers Royale

Camembert and Fig Tartlet with Bakers Royale  

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation by Lactalis; however, all opinions and thoughts are my own.




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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonX says

    Where do you buy the tartlets?

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      naomi replied: — November 21st, 2014 @ 10:19 am

      They are pre-made and were purchased from Amazon.

  2. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonerin says

    Beautiful pictures. Where does one find the tart shells?

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      naomi replied: — November 21st, 2014 @ 10:20 am

      Hi Erin – They are pre-made and purchased from Amazon.

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        erin replied: — November 22nd, 2014 @ 3:24 am


  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonsel says

    are these tartlets homemade or store bought? and do you have a recipe for them? thank you

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      naomi replied: — November 21st, 2014 @ 10:21 am

      Hi Sel – They are pre-made and purchased from Amazon.

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        sel replied: — November 22nd, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

        thank you! certainly a wonderful idea for
        replacing those ‘chips’

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    My jaw just dropped…….this is sooo clever, simple, and sophisticated. I love the sound of a DIY _____ bar for Thanksgiving. Maybe I should set one up for our gathering this year??? And that first picture is too cool, Naomi! 😀 You’re the queen of doing things “differently” when it comes to creativity.