Kitchen Suppers – Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Tart

Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Tart

Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Tart

There is something very special about the cut glass, crisp napkins; the anticipation and candlelight, of dinner in the dining room.  A pleasant mix of formality and friends, a chance to get to know acquaintances, a new dynamic and a new slant on old topics.  Kitchen suppers are very different, old friends relaxed and casual, enjoying a bowl of homemade pasta, a thai curry, straight from the cooker or the takeaway.  Glass of wine in hand, it’s an opportunity to unload or rejoice, with the solace of food.
Tomato Tart Waiting For The Mozzarella And Basil

Tomato Tart Waiting For The Mozzarella And Basil

The Glam Kitchen Suppers are often ‘help yourself’, a selection of Italian cold meats and cheeses, olive oil glazed hummus and crispy halumi, a homemade pate and bread and often a variation on a seasonal vegetarian tart, or overbuying tart.  In this instance, I got carried away in Costco and bought two kilos of cherry tomatoes. (Don’t worry this recipe doesn’t require 2 kilos).
Summer Delicious Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Tart

Summer Delicious Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Tart

Tomato Mozzarella And Basil Tart

Serves 4 as main with salad

  • 1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry  (You can make your own)
  • 1 beaten egg for glazing
  • 600g baby tomatoes
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 buffalo mozzarella
  • 3 sprigs of basil
  • 1 tablespoons of olive oil to drizzle
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Preheat oven 200c or 180c fan, line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Remove puff pastry from packet and place, unrolled on the baking sheet, trim if necessary
  • Score a line 1 cm (1/2 inch) from the edge of the pastry all around the edge to form a frame, and prick the centre of the pastry all over with a fork
  • Brush the frame edges with beaten egg and place in the fridge to rest for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, remove the stalks from the tomatoes and using a sharp knife slash each one
  • Remove the pastry from the fridge, brush with the beaten egg again and arrange the tomatoes on the pricked centre.  This can be random or in formal lines. Any spaces will be filled with the mozzarella after cooking
  • Sprinkle with a little salt and place in the oven for 25 minutes until the edges of the pastry are a deep golden brown
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature, meanwhile slice the mozzarella  and then cut each slice in two.  Tuck the slices in between the tomatoes, evenly distributed across the tart.
  • Take the leaves from the basil stalks and tuck in around the tomatoes or scatter across the tart.  Drizzle with the olive oil and serve
  • A grind of pepper and salt to taste

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30 Responses to Kitchen Suppers – Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Tart

  1. Nothing screams SUMMER than this gorgeous tomato tart! Simply irresistible!

  2. Tart looks amazing GG! I wish my suppers could be wonderful casual affairs, in fact I dream about putting out platters of meats and cheeses, but I can’t even get out of cooking something other than Indian food for my parties. That’s what they all want and expect.***sigh***
    One day……

    Nazneen xx

    • GG says:

      Of course it is….It’s what I’d like too. Perhaps we should come up with a virtual kitchen supper for each other?! GG xx

  3. Erika says:

    This looks so good and comforting!

  4. I love tomato tarts and yours looks wonderful. I can’t wait until I can start picking tomatoes out of the garden.

  5. Just look at the vibrant colours in your tart! Beautiful.

  6. CCU says:

    I have never been a fan of tomato tarts but you could convert me, this looks way too delicious :D
    Your photos are beautiful!

    Cheers
    CCU

  7. I absolutely love the colours of these and I am going to content myself with drooling at your pictures because beautiful sweet summer tomatoes aren’t really around at the moment!

  8. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love getting together with friends around a dining table too. That sure is a big bulk order of tomatoes! This tomato tart is stunning and I’m sure it’s very delicious xx

  9. I much prefer casual suppers with friends to linen table cloths and having to be on your best behaviour. Your tart looks like a good excuse to have friends over.

  10. That last photo almost brings tears to my eyes. I love it!

    While I love dressing up for a formal dinner, rustic, casual fun really is the best.

  11. Denise says:

    Glorious colours – perfect for a fancy or casual dinner.

  12. That tart looks delicious, and I understand how easy it is to buy ridiculous amounts of things at Costco. I went once with a friend to see what it was all about and was truly astonished about how big everything was. I was a little put off by how militant they are with the membership, and was slightly embarrassed that out friend had to pay for our groceries because we were non-members. Are they really strict about it in the UK too?

    • GG says:

      Yes they are, but you can take a guest here and pay either with cash or a debit card. But there are times when I find I have to store things i’ve bought in the garage as there isn’t anywhere else large enough!! I just need to learn to keep away from the fresh produce. GG

  13. Wow – that has got to be the prettiest thing I have seen all day. Like Christmas baubles in a box, inspiring emotion and celebration. But better, because you can eat them. Just lovely.

  14. Sylvia says:

    Tart looks so delicious! I love almost everything with tomatoes, this looks like perfect summer dish for me :)

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