Fresh Tomato Basil Tart

Standard

If you are a tomato lover, then I am sure you are enjoyed the lovely tomatoes this time of year! Here is a lovely dish to make. It goes well with any meal,  as a side dish or even as a lunch (I even made it with pizza…..). The crust was flaky and simply fantastic. I am about as bad at making pie crust as I am at grilling, but this crust was SO easy ~ it gave me no problems.

* Last year I had a FANTASTIC pot of fresh basil, not even knowing what to do with it all. THIS year, however, my plant shot up ~ looked promising, but then, practically by the next day it had withered away. We had a VERY hot dry summer. SO that being said, I have used dried basil. (Hope no one is offended.) It was very good, though if you have fresh, I suggest that!

Fresh Tomato Basil Tart 
2/3 c. wheat flour
1/3 c. flour
1/2 c. cold butter
4-5 TB. ice water (though you made need only 2-3)
4 plum tomatoes (or 5 Romas)
2  c. mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. fresh basil (or 1 tsp. or so of dried basil)
1 TB. oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Combine the flours and cut in the butter. Add water, 1 TB. at a time till it forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Roll to fit a 9″ springform pan (the kind with the removable sides). Put in the pan and press up the sides about 1″. Try to make the edges look nice and even, fluted it you will. TRY. Bake @ 350* for 13-15 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and drain on paper towels to get rid of excess juice. Put 2 c. of mozzarella cheese on crust,  then your basil , then layer the tomato slices in a nice pattern (save a few slices for the top). Season with salt & pepper, I added another good shake of dried basil.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and add the last few slices of tomato on the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let set 5 minutes. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from a Taste of Home magazine.

Advertisements

About Bobbi

I am a wife to my wonderful husband. I am a mom to 5 wonderful/busy/crazy/noisey/happy snappy boys. My hobby is cooking and baking, I love to read recipes and organize the recipes I have. I enjoy making food for people and sharing recipes. My husband is not picky and will eat almost anything, my kids are not quite as easy, they can be picky eaters, which has lead me to try to make more “favorite family foods”. I am hoping that through this blog some of my friends and family, or anyone for that matter, will share their favorite recipes too!!! Feel free to email me at favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com if you have any questions, suggestions or recipes you would like to share. I look forward to hearing from you! Bobbi

4 responses »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s