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Butter Chicken Tarts with Gouda


(I’ve been a tad obsessed with vintage cookbooks lately – especially those from the fifties and sixties, with their overuse of food colouring and vivid food photos. Although there are no frankfurters or gellies here, don’t you think this photo could be circa 1963?)

I was on the road for a chunk of last week, talking on TV about local cheese and the myriad of ways it makes people happy during the holidays. Cheese is generally the focal point when people gather at our house at this time of year – almost always melty, and in enormous quantities. I tend to fall back on the usuals – goat cheese with warmed herby, garlicky olive oil, a skillet fondue, baked brie with maple-pecan praline and the omnipresent homemade Raincoast crisps – but among the recipes we made was a butter chicken tart, smothered in Gouda. That’s right.


I can’t take full credit for these – the recipe was developed for the Dairy Farmers of Canada (they put together 30 holiday recipes, divided into 5 party menus, from casual to fancy), and the food stylist brought them to the set premade along with ingredients to start from the beginning. After we finished taping, she let me bring the assembled tarts home to bake for a Christmas party last night – let me tell you people become very excited when presented with a platter of warm tarts filled with butter tart filling and topped with golden, bubbling cheese.

Gouda Butter Chicken Tarts

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December 7, 2014

  • Makes: Makes about 15 tarts.


15 homemade or store-bought tart shells

2 Tbsp. butter

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, diced

1/2 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp. curry powder

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1/3 cup 35% cream

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1 1/4 cup grated Canadian Gouda, divided


1Preheat oven to 375°F. Place tart shells on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

2Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat. Sauté the chicken with the onions, garlic and curry powder for 4–5 minutes.

3Add the tomato sauce and cream and season with salt and pepper. Stir, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened.

4Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro and half the cheese. Divide among tart shells and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

5Bake for 10–15 minutes, or long enough to melt the cheese.


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12 comments on “Butter Chicken Tarts with Gouda

  1. heather
    December 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    These look delicious!

  2. Cynthia A
    December 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

    These look very tasty! Just above the recipe, you say “when presented with a platter of warm tarts filled with butter tart filling…” Butter tarts are good too, but such a very different thing ????

  3. Jules @ WolfItDown
    December 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Mmmm these looks fantastic! I am a big fan of gouda cheese, and this sounds like such a lovely recipe, thanks!
    I am also loving the ol’ cookbook picture, the addition of the pinecone is something I could see myself doing, if I haven’t already 😛 x

  4. Laurie from Richmond
    December 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I think she missed the butter chicken tarts to write butter tarts. They’re good,too. My ex makes the best ones around!
    I absolutely love these and will definitely try them.
    Thanks, Julie! 🙂

  5. once upon a time jacket
    December 9, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Prime key of learning! You write up an engaging content for readers and extended from the expectations.

  6. kalmakuran
    December 9, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Nice Post..

  7. Savannagh Ryane
    December 9, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I find it interesting that both this recipe and the tradional mincemeat tart, called butter as there is so little in either.

  8. AnkitaSharma
    December 9, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Nice blog !! I Like it.

  9. Katherine
    December 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    So … no tarts in my local grocery store! Boo. So making another throwback appetizer from The Harrowsmith Cookbook (1981) – stuffed mushroom caps. Thanks for the inspiration! Still going to try your recipe!

  10. Anjali Agrawal
    December 17, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Awesome post !! Your recipe looking delicious.

  11. Ninadordev
    December 23, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Nice post !! thanks for sharing that type delicious recipe.

  12. Sameer Gupta
    December 23, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I like this recipe and its yummy.

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