Homestyle Classics: Garden-Fresh Tomato-Basil Tart

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Tomato pie in the South is just about as iconic as pizza pie up North…
some even consider it to be the original.

Cucumber & vidalia onion slices topped with a drizzle of shallot-kissed vinaigrette
accompany a rich slice of the garden classic on many August supper plates.

Grab a few beauties from your local farm stand…
Lemon Boy hybrid & Big Beef are highly popular & excellent choices.

Heirloom tomato varieties such as Red Beefsteak, Brandywines & Cherokee Purples
offer an equally beautiful presentation.

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makes 8 servings

1 1/2 lbs assorted sill-ripened tomatoes, cut 1/4-inch thick
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 {15-oz} box refrigerated piecrust
Plain yellow cornmeal
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese, divided
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp lemon zest
Freshly ground pepper & chopped fresh basil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the tomato slices on paper towels in a single layer.
Sprinkle with the salt & let stand for 30 minutes.

Place a 10.25-inch tart pan with a removable bottom on a half sheet pan.
Lightly dust the tart pan with a smattering of cornmeal.
Unroll the crust & fit into the pan, pressing into the fluted pan edges.

secure several spots of dough over the tart pan edges
this will prevent the crust from shrinking down the sides during baking

Pierce the crust bottom & sides all over with a fork.
Dust the surface with a little additional cornmeal,
brushing lightly into the fork indentations.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottom is crisp.
Remove from the oven.
Sprinkle the warm crust with 1/3 cup of cheese.
Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Stir together the remaining 2/3 cups cheese, the mayonnaise, the mustard,
the basil, the garlic, the lemon zest & 1/4 tsp pepper a small bowl.
Spread over the cheese layer in the pre-baked crust.

Blot the tomatoes with additional paper towels
to remove as much liquid as possible.

you do not want the tomatoes to weep as the tart bakes

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes before slicing into wedges.

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The 411

Tomatoes are at their juicy peak.
Which may be ideal for a kitchen sink tomato sandwich
but not so much if you’re looking to keep a pie shell crisp.

Pies & tarts are a fun way to enjoy the garden’s bounty.
Pantry staples elevate the simple flavor instantly
into something indulgent & special,
particularly for a Monday evening supper.

The Technique

Create a cushion of paper towels for the slices to rest on while preparing the crust.
Be sure to place in a single layer.

You want the towels to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.
This will ensure a perfectly crisp crust on your supper plate.
Layer a few more paper towels & gently blot the top of the tomato slices as well.

No one is perfect.
If you find after baking there’s a little liquid present,
you can quickly blot the area with the corner of a paper towel before serving.

The Cheese Layer

For extra crispy insurance,
a small amount of cheese is sprinkled over the warm crust
once it has been blind baked.
The added barrier will help keep the crust good & flaky.

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The Presentation

Gently tap the spots of dough clinging to the outside
of the fluted portion of the tart pan.

Place one hand on the tart pan bottom.
With your other hand, pull the fluted portion down.
Carefully slide the tart onto a serving plate,
pulling the metal tart pan bottom away at the same time.
Slice into wedges & serve.

Always remove the metal tart pan bottom before serving.
Do not get in the habit of marking up the bottom with knife cuts.
It’s a special invitation for water to collect creating rust in the crevasses.
…not food safe by any means

Keep your pan in the best shape for baking success in the future.
Pick up a large serving plate without a lip for easy & beautiful presentations.

The Expectation

Summertime tomato goodness with bold notes of fresh basil.
The lemon zest balances the decadent bed of cheese & dreamy tomatoes.

Delicate & flaky.
The ultra thin tart is sophisticated & rich.
Keep accompanying sides simple.

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