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Nika's Culinaria - Eat With Your Eyes: Summertime Tomato Tart

Nika's Culinaria - Eat With Your Eyes

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Summertime Tomato Tart

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(Summertime Tomato Tart © Nika All rights reserved.)


These succulent tarts were a success with the whole family. They have delicate little cherry tomatoes, basil, gorgonzola cheese and some mild chevre. They melt in your mouth, give them a try!

The following in my own recipe and how-to photos.

Ingredients:


The Fillo Factory Fillo Dough (mine is organic from Whole Foods and amazing stuff, MUCH better than the other storebought stuff I have gotten in the past)

Dried beans (not to be eaten, for blind baking)

1/2 stick of butter

Sweet cherry tomatoes

Gorgonzola cheese

Chevre cheese

Fresh basil


Hardware:

Mini-muffin tin

Parchment paper cut into sizes to fit into the tin holes

Pastry brush


Directions:

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(Bounty of tomatoes © Nika All rights reserved.)


Slice cherry tomatoes in half, coat with good quality olive oil and sprinkle with Italian herbs (or herbs de provence if you prefer).

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(Sliced cherry tomatoes, ready to roast © Nika All rights reserved.)

Roast at 400 F until the cherries are slightly browned (this is to your taste as well, they need to loose some water and pick up some carmelized flavor).

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(Roasted cherry tomatoes © Nika All rights reserved.)


Simultaneously, make your fillo dough baskets.

Follow the usual rules with fillo (keeping dough covered to prevent drying) and cut out 3 inch by 3 inch or so squares (big enough to put into the muffin tin and stick up along the sides).

Coat each square with melted butter, layer about 5 squares. Put into the mini-muffin tin and then line with your precut parchment sheets. Fill the tin with beans, on top of the parchment.

The following photos shows all the steps.

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(Various steps to making the fillo baskets © Nika All rights reserved.)


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(Close up of three stages of fillo basket © Nika All rights reserved.)


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(Completed tin, ready for the bake © Nika All rights reserved.)


Put tin in 400 F oven and watch closely, bake until light brown.

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(Lightly browned fillo dough basket © Nika All rights reserved.)


Remove the tin and allow to cool. Gently remove the parchment liner and beans.

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(Lightly browned fillo baskets © Nika All rights reserved.)


Slice some rounds of chevre and then quarter the rounds. Crumble some gorgonzola. Cut up basil as you desire.

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(Chevre and gorgonzola cheese, basil leaves, ready for assembly © Nika All rights reserved.)


Place piece of basil on the bottom and then some roasted cherry tomatoes, add chevre and gorgonzola cheese, drizzle with some of the olive oil from the roasted tomatoes, add a bit of basil slice to the top.

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(Assembled tart © Nika All rights reserved.)


Enjoy!

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