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Holiday Menu Ideas: Deconstructed Cannolis + Savory Flatout Tartlets

December 9, 2010

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While holidays parties are one of our favorite parts of the season, they can also incite dread if you’re the host. Between the planning, cooking and cleaning, hosting a seasonal event can easily become as time consuming as taking on an additional part-time job.

We’re firm believers in making everything in life as fun (and stress-free) as possible, which is why we enlisted veteran party planner Lara DiPaola to share her holiday menu and planning tips.

Last week Lara shared her favorite hosting tips, many she will be using this weekend when she hosts her annual holiday cookie exchange party! Below she’s shared two adult-friendly party recipes, that will impress your guests without requiring hours of preparation.

Deconstructed Cannoli


  • 2-4 pieces Flatout Light or Original
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
  • 8 ounces Mascarpone cheese (room temp)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • ½ – 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (quantity to taste)
  • ¼ cup orange infused dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sugar for dusting


Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Using a small round cookie cutter cut circles out of the pieces of Flatout.

Step Two: Brush the foil with olive oil and lay your cutouts down in rows. Brush the tops of the Flatout with oil and dust with sugar. Bake for 4-6 minutes until golden brown.

Step Three: In a food processor or large mixing bowl combine cheeses, vanilla and confectioners sugar until smooth and even. Add in chocolate chips.

Step Four: Place the filling in a plastic bag, cut off the tip and pipe it onto your crisp Cannoli “shells”. Top with a cranberry and enjoy.

Flatout Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tartlets


  • 2-4 pieces Flatout Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach & Herb or Italian (heck try one of each!)
  • 6-8 ounces Herbed Goat cheese (room temp)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups caramelized onions (great step-by-step instructions found here)
  • Grape Tomatoes (equal to the number of tartlets you are making)


Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a small round cookie cutter cut circles out of the the Flatout.

Step Two: Place the circles into the bottom of a non-stick or oiled mini muffin pan.

Step Three: Combine cheeses and egg in a food processor or by hand using a whisk. Fill each muffin tin to the edge of the top portion.

Step Four: Bake for 6-10 minutes until risen and golden on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the muffin pan.

Step Five: Top with caramelized onion and garnish with tomato.

Bon appetit!

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Interested in throwing your own Flatout Holiday Party? Join us on Twitter this Sunday, December 12th at 7pm CST for our #FlatoutHolidayFun Twitter party. We’ll be sharing more entertaining tips, chatting about holiday traditions and giving away great prizes, including Flatout product.

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