Heart-shaped pie crust filled with mozzarella cheese are sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and bakes until golden brown. Serve with homemade roasted red pepper pesto for a fun Valentine's Day appetizer.
Unroll pie crust onto a large cutting board. Cut 24 hearts using the larger heart cutter, re-rolling dough as needed.
Cut 12 hearts using the smaller heart cutter out of the mozzarella cheese slices.
Brush egg white over one dough heart, place a mozzarella cheese heart in the center, top it with a second dough heart, press the edges of the dough together. Repeat.
Crimp edges of hearts with a fork.
Brush tops of ravioli with egg white. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Optional: Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the tops of each heart. If you prefer you can brush the egg white in a heart pattern on the dough and sprinkle the cheese over top or just leave them plain. I personally like how they look and taste completely covered in the grated Parmesan cheese.
Freeze hearts for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and make pesto.
Remove the hearts from the freezer and bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown.
Serve hot with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto or marinara sauce.
Puree roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, roasted almonds, parsley, lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese in a food processor, keeping puree somewhat chunky. Add oil and puree just to incorporate the oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour into a small serving bowl.
Serving: The Mozzarella Cheese Filled Pie Crust Hearts are best served hot immediately after baking. If you make them ahead, then reheat them in a 250 degree oven until warmed through.
Serve with: the Roasted Red Pepper Pesto, which can be served hot or cold, or your favorite marinara sauce.
Puree the Pesto: if you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender to make the pesto. If you have neither, then just chop everything really fine and mix it together by hand.
Calories: 87 calories for 1 heart pastry and 1/12 of the pesto.
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