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Tomato Tartlettes

Tomato Tartlettes

He plucked a plump, crimson jewel from one of his leafy children. Between his snowy fingers sat a delicate, miniature tomato. I was certain that the sultry fruit had not been there a moment before, but had failed to catch it swell to ripeness before my eyes.

“We’ll be having tomato tarts for lunch,” he said with a most deserved air of pride.

-An excerpt from Sewage In The Bloodline

In my own humble attempt to make tangible the world of “Sewage In The Bloodline”, my upcoming novel series, I am presenting recipes for various meals enjoyed in the books. This time, I’d like to offer up a version of the Tomato Tartlette featured therein.

As usual, I will be employing the assistance of a trusted friend, as fires tend to break out when I’m in the kitchen.


  • Plum Tomatos
  • White Cheddar Cheese (I’ll be using goat cheddar)
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Puff Pastry Shells
  • Fresh Thyme

Tomato Tartlette Ingredients

I decided to use pre-made pastry shells. These pictured below are Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells, which require you to heat your oven to 475 degrees and cook for 18-20 minutes.

Puff Pastries

While the pastry shells are cooking, start halving your tomatos,

cut tomato

like so. Cut away the rounded ends as well so they sit better in their shells.

half tomatos

When your pastry shells have reached a golden brown, cut away the tops.

Cut Puffs

Next, place a slice of cheddar inside.

put cheese in puff

Then a tomato half.

put tomato in tart

Sprinkle parmesan on top, and a touch of thyme for garnish if you like.

sprinkle parmesean

Warm the assembled tartlettes for 15 minutes, enough time to let the cheese melt and tomato warm.

Finished Tartlettes

Behold, the finished product!



  1. Robert · January 19, 2014 Reply


    ñïñ çà èíôó!!

  2. mark · January 19, 2014 Reply


    thanks for information!

    • ziomarco · January 19, 2014 Reply

      You are genuinely welcome Mark. I hope you’ll try this recipe on your own and tell us about the results!

  3. Reginald · January 20, 2014 Reply


    ñïñ çà èíôó!

  4. Bradley · January 20, 2014 Reply


    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!!

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Bradley, I hardly think that’s appropriate language in mixed company. The use of the accent grave in “ça” here feels largely unnecessary.

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Oh Scott, you’re so much more than welcome! I know you’ll put your own twist on this little recipe and I can’t wait to sample the results!

  5. Andre · January 20, 2014 Reply



    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      If you don’t like tomatoes I see no reason you couldn’t devise a substitute. Play around with it and find what pleases your own taste buds Andre!

  6. Ralph · January 20, 2014 Reply


    ñïñ çà èíôó.

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      I think mini filo shells would work wonderfully for this, just keep an eye on them in the oven to make sure the cheese doesn’t melt over too much.

    • ziomarco · January 21, 2014 Reply

      Thank you Joshua, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I can almost see you licking the screen with a contented look upon your freckled face!

    • ziomarco · February 12, 2014 Reply

      Thank you sir! Would I be incorrect in presuming you to be Lord Admiral Nelson? I knew you didn’t die in Trafalgar!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      Under the shade of the tupidanthus, I hear your voice sing out to me, Marco for God sakes pull your pants up,that’s a house plant!

  7. todd · February 19, 2014 Reply


    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      I believe Jennifer Aniston also holds the Guinness world record for the longest sustained flatulent. During the entire run of Friends, a series of special fans and strategically placed microphones had to be employed to accommodate the other cast and crew.

  8. cecil · February 19, 2014 Reply



    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      Thank you for the offer Cecil, and I’m sure your sister is charming, but my tastes in women are rather exacting, and do not include external oesophagi.

  9. timothy · February 19, 2014 Reply


    thanks for information!!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      Thanks for cleaning up the vomit from last night. I don’t know what got into me, but I imagine you do.

  10. Angel · February 19, 2014 Reply


    thanks for information!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      You’re so very welcome! But that’s not all, if you read now we’ll include Time Life Record’s “Sounds of The 70′s” A veritable hit parade of overused television sound effects from your favorite sitcoms!

  11. Leonard · February 21, 2014 Reply



    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      And while were at it, here’s some more: Beware the Jabberwock my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! It all seems like good fun till you wake up wearing your intestines as a necklace.

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      Thank you Jorge. It was good to see you last night. I hardly recognised you without the clown make-up, but I fully support your decision to live as a real hobo rather than just portraying one at the circus.

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      A quizzical response. I’m not sure I agree with it, but I’ll certainly say that I do, I could use the PR boost.

  12. dave · February 22, 2014 Reply



    • ziomarco · February 23, 2014 Reply

      I hadn’t noticed it before but I believe you are right! This article does have strong literary allusions to both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Country!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      And thank you for fighting off those sex starved strippers last night in the parking lot! I’m glad you had that tire iron handy!

  13. George · February 26, 2014 Reply


    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó.

    • ziomarco · February 27, 2014 Reply

      Yes, it’s common practice for mermaids to ride side saddle, but I suppose all aquatic creatures might adopt the same technique.

  14. Julio · August 26, 2014 Reply



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