Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts (with video)

Healthy Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts, with a whimsical anchovy tail, are a favored appetizer on a charcuterie board!

Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts
Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts

Homemade Cashew Cheese

Cashew cheese isn’t just for vegans! Homemade cashew cheese, like homemade yogurt, is a delicious approach to making healthy dips, spreads, appetizers even kids sandwiches!

Cheese made from cashews is simply cashews, pureed into a velvety, flavor packed spread. 

Quick DIY Cashew Cheese

A homemade cashew cheese couldn’t be easier to make at home. All you need is a blender or food processor.

Soaking the cashews in water softens them to puree into a creamy cheese.

You can do this step while you go get dressed for the day, or fold a load of laundry.

An hour later, these cashews are ready for the blender and an entire 2 cups of homemade cashew cheese. 

Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts For Appetizers

Appetizers are often my favorite aspect of a meal.

Truth be known, I would almost prefer a table of interesting appetizers than a full meal.

One of my favorite appetizer spreads for an ‘at home’ party is Izakaya; a table filled with small plate Japanese dishes.

I like to pick and choose from a variety of options, or eat lots of one things and less of something else. 

Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts
Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts

Anchovy Cashew Cheese Tarts

Tarts of anchovy cashew cheese were first made in my kitchen for Halloween years ago.

Obviously now, that I am a grown up, I was in the mood for an adult dinner party. Furthermore, I wanted ‘creepy’ yet gourmet menu for a bunch of foodie friends of mine.

I made this appetizer, with that whimsical anchovy tail sticking straight up in the air, nestled in a dollop of healthy ‘dairy-free’ cashew cheese.

It was absolutely a hit! Now I make them, just because I love the creamy yet salty combo of cashew cheese with anchovies. 


How To Make Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts

These tarts are both easy to make, like crazy easy, and healthy!

  • First, we simply bake the frozen tart shells for about 5-minutes in the oven, just enough to crisp them.
  • Secondly the anchovies are laid out on a tray so they are easily accessible when assembling.
  • Cashew cheese, whether homemade or store bought, gets scooped (a teaspoon size scoop), into the tart shells after they bake and cool.
  • Finally an anchovy tail is placed in the cheese, tail sticking up, followed by a micro green or other garnish.

Halloween Cashew Cheese Tart Appetizers

Anchovy tarts, with cashew cheese, are a favored appetizer I serve each year at Halloween, along with my ‘spooktacular’ Halloween menu!

If a cauldron of chili or Black Bean Soup is your preferred Halloween meal, these anchovy tarts make for a whimsical appetizer.

For a really elaborate dinner menu, you might want to try my Halloween recipes for Squid Ink Pasta with Squid served with a wicked cocktail Blue Moon Curacao Vodka Cocktail definitely a side of Cornbread Skulls .

Must have desserts, in my opinion, would be an elegant Pumpkin Ganache Spice Cake or a simple platter of Witches Fingers!

witch fingers shortbread cookies
Witch Fingers Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients Needed

  • Raw cashews
  • White balsamic vinegar
  • White pepper
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Fenugreek powder
  • Water
  • Mini tart shells
  • Olive oil
  • Anchovies
  • Micro greens
Boos & Booze Halloween Menu With Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts
Boos & Booze Halloween Menu With Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Food processor or blender
  • Basting brush

Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts

Healthy homemade cashew cheese, dressed up in a tart shell and a whimsical anchovy tail!
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Course: Tapas
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Lactose
Keyword: Homemade Cashew Cheese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
soak: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • Food processor or blender
  • Baking sheet
  • Basting brush


  • 2 cups Raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp White pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional yeast or more to taste
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek powder
  • Water – as needed
  • 12 Mini tart shells
  • Olive oil – as needed
  • 12 Anchovies
  • 12 Microgreens


  • Cashew Cheese
    Soak raw cashews, completely covered in water, for 1 hour. Drain
  • Place soaked cashews, vinegar, salt, pepper, lemon juice, garlic cloves, nutritional yeast and fenugreek in a blender or food processor.
    Puree into a paste. Drizzle a little water into the paste (about 1/4 cup), for a soft cheese consistency.
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Place tart shells on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
    Brush with a little olive oil. Bake 4-5 minutes, just to turn golden. Watch closely because they burn fast. Let tarts cool.
  • Place a dollop of cashew cheese in each tart shell. Stand the anchovy into the cheese, tail up. Garnish with a micro-green leaf.


Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts
Homemade Cashew Cheese Anchovy Tarts






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