Cocktail Party Fare
Tomato and Mozzarella Tart
Tired of tomato tarts with soggy crusts and long preparation time, we developed a tomato tart recipe that would have a solid bottom crust and great vine-ripened flavor. Our secrets for a great tomato tart recipe? We used a two-step baking method for a flaky yet rigid crust, then "waterproofed" it with egg wash and layers of two kinds of cheese. We salted sliced tomatoes for 30 minutes to remove excess juice, then gently pressed them with paper towels. Baking the tart at 425 degrees quickly melted the cheese and preserved the tomatoes' meaty texture.
All-Time Best Appetizers
A perfectly curated selection of our favorite appetizer recipes for a spread that hits all the high points, from dippable options to snacks to munch by the handful to elegant two-bite treats, plus advice for choosing drinks, planning your menu, and stocking your pantry.
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How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board
Any good gathering requires at least a few fun snacks. And whether it’s a cocktail party or a sit-down dinner, you can’t go wrong with an elegant, thoughtfully prepared cheese platter. With these six tips from the test kitchen—covering everything from the best cheese serving temperature to cracking the cracker code—plus a list of all our favorite cheeses below, your board will be sure to impress.