I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tomato Basil Tart

What a great way touse all those grape/cherry tomatoes growing wild in your garden. So easy to make and it looks and is very appetizing. You will impress your family and friends when you put this on the table.



TOMATO BASIL TART
(serves 8)

Ingredients:
*1 1/4 cups flour
*2 tablespoon cornstarch
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
*1 teaspoon italian seasoning
*6 tablespoon butter, cold, and diced
*1-2 eggs
*2 pints grape/cherry tomatoes, rinsed and dried
*1/2 cup basil leaves, divided
*1/3 cup chopped green onion
*2 cups sharp provolone cheese, grated
*1/2 cup mayonnaise
*1 teaspoon pepper


Directions:
~Preheat oven to 375 degrees
~In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, garlic powder, and italian seasoning.
~Cut in butter until it resembles a coarse crumbs.
~Mix in one egg at a time, until a dough forms. This dough is a little tough but it works.
~Form the dough into a ball.
~Then press the dough tin a 9 inch tart pan, covering entire pan.
~Crimp the edges, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
~Roughly chop 1/4 cup of the basil leaves.
~Stack and roll the rest of the basil leaves and cut them into thin ribbons.
~Mix the cheese, mayo, chopped basil, green onions and pepper in a medium bowl.
~Spread the mixture over the bottom of the tart shell.
~Top with grape/cherry tomatoes and press them down into the mixture.
~Bake for 35 minutes, or until the the crust edges are golden brown and the cheese is bubbling up.
~Cool for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with 1/4 cup sliced basil ribbons.

Variations:
-substitute sharp provolone cheese for your favorite type of cheese.
-add cooked crumbled bacon to cheese mixture.
-add cooked chopped chicken.
-make in mini-tart pans or cupcake pans for an appetizer.

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