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Termite Tarts: A Unique Culinary Delight

Why did the termite eat the sofa? It wanted a soft meal!

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Today, we're diving into a quirky and delightful recipe that'll surely get your guests talking: Termite Tarts. These savory treats, thankfully, contain zero termites but are packed with flavors that mimic what you might imagine these wood-lovers would enjoy, had they a palate for fine dining. Remember, no real bugs were harmed in the making of this recipe.

Termite Tarts: A Unique Culinary Delight


  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of cold butter, cubed
  • 2-4 tablespoons of cold water
  • 1/2 cup of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 cup of finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped spinach
  • Shredded cheese, for topping
  • Black olives, sliced (for decoration)


  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and rub into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Gradually add cold water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing until a dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  3. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter and press them into mini tart pans or a muffin tin.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sour cream, egg, garlic powder, and smoked paprika until smooth. Stir in the chopped mushrooms and spinach.
  5. Spoon the filling into each tart shell. Sprinkle the top of each tart with shredded cheese.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and the filling is set.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. As a fun garnish, use the sliced black olives to create little termite shapes on top of each tart.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy your bug-themed culinary delight!

Termite Tarts are a fantastic way to bring a dash of humor and creativity to your table. Whether for a themed party, a Halloween bash, or any occasion that calls for something out-of-the-ordinary, these savory tarts will not disappoint. Plus, they're a great conversation starter!

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