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Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlet ona white plate with a sprig of rosemary

Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlets

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Tart shells filled with flavorful blue cheese, sliced new potatoes, thyme, and rosemary make an out of the world, unusual appetizer! You’ll get rave reviews if you when you served these Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlets to your family or friends!

Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlet on a white plate with a sprig of rosemary

Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlets

Through luck or serendipity, TWO of my blog hops have landed on the same date and both have potatoes as an ingredient in their challenges.  So I’m doing double duty today with the Improv Challenge (potatoes and cheese) hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker and The Holiday Blog Hop (potatoes, beer or pistachios) hosted by Erin of Big Fat Baker.  Much as I wanted to find a dessert to share, it was much easier to focus on a side dish.  I saw these simple tartlets from Gourmet magazine and knew they’d be perfect.

Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlets on a white plate with an orange patterned napkin

A basic pastry crust was filled with sliced and cooked new potatoes, then a mixture of cream and an egg yolk, and finally some crumbled blue cheese and chopped rosemary and thyme. These potato tartlets smelled insanely good as they baked, and we weren’t disappointed in the results one bit.  Even the often persnickety teenage boy thought they were excellent. And Bill has already taken the recipe to work. Try these Blue Cheese Gougeres, too!

Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlets

Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlets

Delicious potato tartlets  with potatoes, blue cheese and herbs. Adapted from Gourmet

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Yield 6 tarts



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into bits
  • 3-4 tablespoons cold water


  • 3/4 pound red new potatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 pound Maytag blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • Fleur de sel or sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Whisk together flour and salt, then blend in butter with fingers (or pastry blender) until mixture looks like coarse corn meal. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons water and stir with fork until fully incorporated. Squeeze some of the dough in your hands...if it doesn't hold together, add up to 1 more tablespoon of water till the dough holds when testing. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead a few times with the heel of your hand to distribute the butter. Pat into a disk, wrap in plastic and chill at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch slices and simmer, covered with water, till tender. Drain and let dry on paper towels.
  4. Whisk together cream and egg yolk.
  5. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Roll out on floured surface into 5 inch circles. Fit into six 4-inch tartlet pans, trimming off excess dough. Chill shells for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Arrange about 4 slices of potatoes in each tart shell. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the cheese into each shell, then divide cream mixture between tartlets. Top each with 1/4 teaspoon of both thyme and rosemary followed by a light spinkling of sea salt.
  7. Bake tartlets on a baking sheet for 45-50 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pans to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tartlet

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 513 Total Fat: 36g Saturated Fat: 23g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 130mg Sodium: 480mg Carbohydrates: 38g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g
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79 comments on “Blue Cheese and Potato Tartlets”

  1. Cheese and potatoes in a yummy tart crust. I’m so there!

  2. Such lovely and delicious tarts, great choice for both hops.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

    Cook Lisa Cook

  3. These look so good. Hubby and I would eat them up…. I can’t get the little one to eat anything blue cheese lol.

  4. These tartlets sound so fantastic…I’d be thrilled to have them as a main course! A real keeper! Thanks!

  5. How pretty Lizzy. They look like little French quiches. Am pinning this.

  6. I just love individual tarts, but these ones look delicious!

  7. Sounds absolutely delicious, I love anything with blue cheese. I need to attempt a proper tart, sooner or later.

  8. I love tarts – all kinds, sweet and savory. These look so good I can almost taste them 🙂

  9. Lizzy you’re such a creative gal… two recipe challenges with one dish. Well done! These savory tarts look wonderful! I love those little tart pans. Hmmm… now I’ve got the urge to go find them. 🙂

  10. These are just gorgeous – I adore Maytag blue cheese (not to mention bacon and potatoes.) Thanks for sharing!

  11. I have a savory tooth and this savory tart sounds so yum! Not a fan of blue cheese that much but i am sure i can use a substitute!

  12. Wow those look awesome! I bet they smelled amazing too :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  13. Can I please come to your house to dinner?

  14. I could have that as a main dish! They look so good! And a slice of that wonderful looking strawberry cheesecake in your previous post for dessert, please:D

  15. These are too gorgeous for words. LOVE.

  16. Although I am not crazy about blue cheese, this tart makes me drool. You know I hear people say that for something they don’t like but picture looks so good that you salivate beyond control… it’s like that. Looks so good, and I thought myself, hey I’m not so into blue cheese…. I think blue cheese must work for this recipe. This might change my mind of having blue cheese (I usually eat by itself with crackers).

  17. These tarts look so tasty! I love blue cheese in anything, so this is perfect!

  18. Yum! Liz, this looks incredible. I am not a huge fan of blue cheese, but, I think some crumbles goat cheese would work just as wonderfully!!

  19. These are gorgeous and delicious. What a great flavor combination. And the photography is beautiful!

  20. Oh my! My hubby will surely love these blue cheese tartlets! Blue cheese is his favorite cheese ! These tartlets look so appetizing & lovely. Very beautiful pictures too. 🙂

  21. Way to kill two birds with one stone. I am not sure why you would do that. You picked a great recipe anyway. Have a great weekend.

  22. I love it when two challenges fall on the same day AND have a common thread. Beautiful tartlets, I like how you see the chink of potatoes sticking out.

  23. These individual savoury tartlets look terrific! You are quite a baker!

  24. Delicious tartlets, Lizzy! You can’t got wrong with blue cheese and potatoes!

  25. These tarts look fantastic. Thanks and have a good weekend.

  26. Lizzy, these look absolutely amazing! The combo of flavors here sounds sooooo good!

  27. interesting. i’ve never tried blue cheese before (my mom doesn’t like it). maybe it’s time to try something new!


  28. These look incredible and sound so very delicious!

  29. nice idea thanks for posting

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