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Tomato Tart with Blue Cheese


Tomato Tart with Blue Cheese

Serves Makes 2 9-inch tarts   

Ingredients

For the crust

    2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
    1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon salt*
    2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
    4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 cup)
    10 tablespoons cold butter
    2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

For the filling

    6 large eggs
    1 and 1/2 cups milk
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 coarse pepper
    1 to 2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
    2/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
    4-5 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
    fresh basil, to garnish

Instructions

For the crust:

    In a food processor or bowl, combine the flour, salt and buttermilk powder. Add the cream cheese and pulse until it comes together.
Cut the butter into pieces and add to the food processor. Pulse until it looks crumbly. You should still see chunks of butter. (You can do this with a pastry cutter.)
Add 2 tablespoons of ice water to the pie crust dough and toss. When you squeeze some in your hand it should stick together. If it doesn't add the remaining water until it does.
    Knead the dough together on a floured surface, trying not to overwork it.
Divide the dough in half. Flatten each one into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
    On a well floured work surface, roll each disk into a 12-inch circle (you my have to let it sit out of the fridge to soften for a couple minutes).
    Gently transfer one shell to your 9-inch tart pan. Smooth the dough into all the nooks and crannies, then roll your pin over the top of the tart pan to remove the excess dough. Repeat process with the other tart. Throw the crusts into the fridge while you make the filling.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

For the filling:

    Use a whisk to combine eggs, milk, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Add at least 1/2 cup cheddar cheese to each tart. Add 1/3 cup blue cheese to each tart.
Divide the mixture into the prepared tart shells. Top with sliced tomatoes. Layer them however you like.
    Place the tarts on baking sheets just in case there is any spillage.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is brown and the center is set.
    At this point if you want you can throw it under the broiler for a minute to crisp the top a bit. But DON'T walk away! Mine got a little charred on top as you can see, and I swear it was only in for 1 minute. (Turns out slightly burned cheese is totally delicious.)
Serve warm with a sprinkle of thyme and fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

*Use the lesser amount of salt if you use salted butter

To make one tart rather than two, halve all of the ingredients.

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