Mincemeat Tarts

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Mincemeat, it even sounds gross.  I have never understood why something for dessert would be called ‘mincemeat’, it sounds more like a dinner item like little meat pies.  Mincemeat is a combination of dried fruits, spices and often spirits.  Originally mincemeat did contain meat but now only contains the meat fat or suet.  Many recipes replace the suet with vegetable shortening.

My family really enjoys mincemeat tarts, I have no idea why!  I can’t seem to get by the look or smell of it.  Every year when I ask what everyone would like made for Christmas, Mom always says ‘some mincemeat tarts would be nice’.  I have looked up recipes and my goodness it is quite a process!  It just looked daunting, especially since I hate it!  How selfish is that?!? Well…this year I happen to come across a jar of mincemeat at the grocery store, I was thrilled.  Later I find out this is very common and most people do not make their own.  Who knew?  I was still excited and dove right in.

Mincemeat Tarts

Ingredients:

1 jar mincemeat
pastry

Directions: preheat oven to 450 °F

1.  Prepare your crust.  You can use pre-made tart shells or make your own.  I had some in the freezer that was left over from my last raisin pie, so I used that

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2. Prepare your tart tins – remembering back to Pie Day with Gramma, coat each with butter

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3. Cut your pastry to fit your tins

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4. Open jar of mincemeat – the best part! lol

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5.  Scoop into tart shells

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7. Bake for 3 minutes then reduce heat to 350 °F and continue baking until crust is golden

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8. Allow to cool and remove from tins

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They look delicious, I am told they were, I will take their word for it 😉   I’m just happy that Mom finally got her mincemeat tarts and she really enjoyed them. Thank you President’s Choice and your jar of mincemeat!!

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