What you’ll need:
Refrigerated pizza dough or frozen pie dough
Filling, such as beef stew or taco meat
Go ahead and make a list of some of your favorite foods right now and, later, turn them into tarts. Although a tart is generally thought of as a dessert it can also be a breakfast, a lunch, or a supper. There are so many different ones that you can make – all very fast and inexpensive – so make that list. Some things that you can put on it include chili, tacos, beef stew, chicken and vegetables, or ham and cheese. Your favorite foods become fantastic meals when you quickly turn them into tarts.
If you’ve never tried refrigerated pizza dough you might be missing out on something great. The dough comes in a tube and is found near the refrigerated biscuits. It’s not expensive and it’s easy to work with when making tarts.
Roll out the refrigerated dough to be fairly thin. Cut a large, circular shape to create whatever tart that you want. Fill the dough circle with the food choices to make a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert tart. As you put the foods in the crust, keep them in the center, and stay a few inches away from the very edges. You don’t have to spread the foods thin; pile them up if you want.
Take the edges of the dough circle and pull them up towards the middle of the food. You don’t have to pinch the edges shut; the foods can remain showing in the very center of the tart. In fact, that’s best, because it lets the tart vent as it is baked. When you’re finished arranging the tart, bake it according to the dough package instructions, and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
For breakfast, make bacon, egg, and cheese tarts, chicken and cheese tarts, or fruit and cream tarts. For lunch or supper, make tarts filled with beef stew, taco meat, meat and veggies, soup (without the added water), and others. Dessert tarts can include fruit and cream, peanut butter and jelly, or your own creation. Sprinkle sugar on the crust if you’re making a dessert tart. Serve dinner tarts with toppings in the middle, such as lettuce, tomatoes, or sour cream. You can also brush the crust with butter and garlic powder, butter and Parmesan, or with assorted herbs.
Instead of refrigerated pizza dough, you can use frozen pie dough, and create something different. The pizza dough creates something like a biscuit crust; the pie dough creates a flakier crust. No matter which dough, no matter what food, each meal turns out to be yummy and you spend little time, money, or effort.