Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tomato Tart

  If you are fortunate enough to live near a local farmer or farmer's market,then you have probably had the privilege of eating heirloom tomatoes.They are truly one of life's great joys(at least in the world of food).Although summer has ended,these delicious fruits are still available and I intend to use them as long as I possibly can.If you are not able to find them,any ripe tomato will make this tart delicious.It also calls
for three different italian cheeses.Again,if you are lucky enough to have an italian shop near you,I implore you to make the investment and buy the REAL cheese,not the stuff in the green container.It is a bit pricey,BUT,you can grate it all and freeze what you don't use...that way,you will always have delicious ingredients for an italian meal!Keep in mind that this dish doesn't have too many ingredients,therefore it is important to use the best quality you can find...the end result will only be as good as the ingredients you put in!

1 c. shredded provolone
1/4. c. grated parmesan
1 c. shredded mozzarella(the pre-shredded stuff is okay here)
2-3 leeks(see note on the bottom)
2 large heirloom OR 6 ripe plum tomatoes(look at the color of these tomatoes)!
1 tsp. of garlic powder
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 pie crust(homemade or store bought)

   Roll out the cold pie dough.Sprinkle the dough with the provolone,leaving about one inch around the edge.Sprinkle the leeks ,then the tomatoes on top.Sprinkle the parmesan and garlic powder on top of the tomatoes.Carefully, fold in the sides of the pie dough towards the center of the will only cover the outer edges of the tomatoes.It should not reach the center and cover all of the tomatoes.Sprinkle the exposed tomatoes with the mozzarella.
    Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes at 425 degrees.The crust should be brown,and the center bubbly.Let cool for 5 minutes,then slice and enjoy!

***Note: Leeks need to be cleaned well because they are grown in sand.To clean them,I chop them(white & slightly green  lower parts),then place them in a measuring cup or bowl with cold water.Swish them around with your hands or a spoon,rinse and repeat once more.All of the sand should be removed and there will be no gritty texture to your meal!

1 comment:

  1. Mmm…that looks lovely, Yum! Thank you for sharing. I'm stopped by via Today's Creative Blog on Facebook.

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    : )

    Julie M.