Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella Tart

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The star ingredient : Tomatoes

I have a few slices of frozen puff pastry which I want to use up. Found this Rustic Tomato Tart recipe and made them for brunch. Recipes uses both yellow and red tomatoes, but I have used all red tomatoes as I could not find any yellow tomatoes.

Simple and quick to make. I have added slices of sandwich ham in some of the tarts, and leaving a few without. 

Bakes up really crispy and crunchy, and the tomatoes, with the garlic butter and cheeses, tastes really  yummy! 

Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella Tart
(adapted from "Williams-Sonoma : Cooking From The Farmers' Market)
makes 6-8 servings
2-3 ripe red and yellow tomatoes, about 8 oz (250gm) total weight, cored and cut into slices 1/4 inch (3mm) thick
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
8 by 10-inch rectangle of frozen puff pastry, cut in half and thawed in the refrigerator
3/4 cup shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese
4 tbsp good hard cheese, such as Parmesan
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
olive oil for drizzling

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400F (200C). Place the tomato slices on paper towels, season with salt, and let drain, 30-60 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic and butter. Place the puff pastry rectangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment (baking) paper. Brush with the garlic butter and season with salt. Leaving a 1/4-inch border, sprinkle the pastry evenly with the mozzarella and 2 tbsp of the Parmesan. Arrange the tomato slices on top. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp Parmesan. Bake until puffed and golden, 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with the basil and drizzle with the olive oil and serve right away.

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  1. Joyce absolutely love these rustic tomato tarts !!!

  2. I love recipes like this one that are quick and easy! This looks good, and I think it would be perfect for any meal. :)

  3. Beautiful tarts! I love using puff pastry too :)

  4. Looks good, gotta get me some puff pastry!

  5. Joyce, I think those slices that have added ham is even better!

  6. What a great way to make a quick tart. I can see this happening real soon.