Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tomato & Smoked Mozzarella Tart

Tomato & Smoked Mozzarella Tart
by Mary Polovinuk

This is such a simple recipe – using the very best, freshest ingredients allows the flavors of this pie to really shine without having to go through too much trouble.  Great  recipe to make for unexpected guests!

1 pie crust  (I used Pillsbury already made.)
2 medium tomatoes – med slice, lightly salt & let drain on paper towels
1-2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/2 - 1 lb smoked mozzarella cheese, sliced med thickness
olive oil

The amount of garlic & cheese to use really depends on your personal taste...if you like a lot of garlic, pile it on...same goes for cheese!  I used one layer of medium thickness cheese slices for mine.
Roll pie crust out on pizza pan & flute edges.  Poke pie crust with a fork to keep from puffing up & bake at 450 degrees for about 10-15 minutes – until just turning golden brown. Immediately scatter thinly sliced garlic on crust and top with sliced mozzarella cheese to cover bottom. Arrange tomato slices in circular pattern on top of cheese, finishing with tomato slices in the middle. Thinly slice additional cheese slices lengthwise & arrange one on each piece of tomato. 

Bake at 350 degrees for approx 20 minutes, until crust is brown & cheese is melted. Finish with crushed black pepper, chopped parsley or basil. 

Great dish for brunch or a light supper!

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