Party Panache, Bleu Cheese Tart with Cranberry Chutney

The title of this recipe might make you think,  “way too much trouble!”

bleu cheese tart with cranberry chutney 1

In fact, the original recipe comes from Ruth Reichl,* former editor of Gourmet Magazine so it must be very involved and time consuming…

cranberry topped bleu cheese tart

Nope! This pretty little tart whips up in mere minutes, as does the cranberry chutney topping


I used a refrigerated pie dough round for ease, and the filling is just bleu cheese, whipping cream and eggs


Beat the heavy cream with eggs


Sprinkle bleu cheese over baked tart shell


Pour egg mixture into tart pan on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper


Once baked, set aside to cool or wrap and refrigerate overnight


The cranberry chutney has some wonderful flavors, rosemary, shallot, garlic, vinegar and 2 kinds of sugar


Let it simmer for a few minutes until everything combines into a soft, fragrant mixture


You can make this up to a week ahead of time and store in the refrigerator

cranberry chutney

If you use a tart pan with a removable bottom, it is easy to cut into bite size squares

cranberry topped bleu cheese tart

Then top with a little spoonful of cranberry chutney

Bleu Cheese Tart with Cranberry Chutney

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 40



  • 1 refrigerated pie crust dough round partially baked*
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 yolks from large eggs
  • 4 oz bleu cheese crumbles
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cranberry Chutney

  • 1 bag 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 T raspberry balsamic vinegar [or use red wine vinegar]
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


Cranberry Chutney

  • Combine chutney ingredients in a medium sauce pan and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until berries have burst and mixture cooks down.  Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes about 2 cups.


  • Beat eggs and yolks and then beat in cream until just mixed.
  • Place tart shell pan on baking sheet. Sprinkle cheese over bottom of partially baked tart shell.
  • Pour egg mixture over cheese and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, until golden and set.
  • Remove from oven and cool.  Wrap and refrigerate overnight if desired.


  • Cut room temperature tart into small squares and place on serving platter.
  • Top with a spoonful of cranberry chutney and serve


*for tart shell crust: Use a shallow sided tart pan with removable bottom if possible. Roll out the pie crust dough round slightly until it will fit your tart pan.  Press shell into pan and gently up the sides.  Line dough with foil and fill with beans or pie weights.  Bake at 400 12-15 minutes, until firm and beginning to turn gold.  Crust will finish baking while filling is cooked.
Keyword Bleu Cheese Tart with Cranberry Chutney, cranberry sauce, easy party appetizer, egg tart
cranberry chutney topped tart squares

You can plate this ahead of time and refrigerate, then serve at room temperature

brunch buffet

Happy Holiday Party!

Tomorrow I will be sharing the Snow Pea Tree appetizer and an extra easy sweet treat~

*Ruth Reichl is one of my favorite authors and foodies, her novels are a treat for the senses, and will take you to a whole other world of food appreciation~

The Cranberry Chutney would be wonderful with ham, turkey or chicken too~


I will be sharing at the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and:

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6 Responses to “Party Panache, Bleu Cheese Tart with Cranberry Chutney”
  1. Mary says:

    This sounds like a match made in heaven Jenna! Love the addition of rosemary in the cranberry chutney paired with your blue cheese tart!

  2. What a gorgeous addition to christmas! Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas Season. I won’t be around for a couple of weeks.

  3. Lynn says:

    I love the addition of rosemary in the chutney! I would like to try this colorful little snack:@)

  4. Miz Helen says:

    A delicious Tart Jenna. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special Christmas week!
    Miz Helen

  5. CraftyHope says:

    This sounds awesome and really make me wish I had seen it before the holidays. Oh well. . .I guess I’ll be saving it but it won’t be forgotten!
    I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!! 🙂

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