Flip Out! Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella Tarte Tatin!

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Appetizer, Entree | April 20, 2017 | By

KitchAnnette Cherry Tomato Tarte Slice

When I was a kid, I adored tomatoes. I ate them every single day. No candy for me – give me a tomato! Fresh off the vine from my grandfather’s garden or right from my dad’s deli. The most fun to eat were (and still are) the cute cherry tomatoes! Yeah… didn’t say I was a normal kid!

KitchAnnette Cherry Tomato Tarte Corner

Cherry tomatoes are festive and bright. They’re always available and add a perfect burst of flavor wherever they appear. I had some puff pastry left over from NEXT WEEK’s recipe (it’s “berry” delicious – you’ll see) and you recall the recent fabulous Braised Fennel & Goat Cheese Tarte Tatin for the movie Fences… well I thought making a tarte tatin using cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic, and basil would a perfect combo!! 

Here’s how:

KitchAnnette Cherry Tomato Tarte Ingredients

INGREDIENTS: 

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1-2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
• 2 tbsp garlic, minced
• salt & pepper to taste
• 4 oz mozzarella, sliced thinly
• 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
• 4 tbsp fresh basil, minced
 
DIRECTIONS: 
1) Add oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the tomatoes. Shake the pan to coat tomatoes and let cook for about 2 minutes. Add salt & pepper and shake them around. Let cook another 3 minutes. 
2) Add garlic and mozzarella in a single layer. Lay puff pastry over the top, tucking in the edges. Bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.  
3) Carefully remove from the oven. See if there’s any excess liquid – if there is, pour it out. Using a heat-proof platter held over the top of the pan, and being very careful, turn the tart out onto the dish. Sprinkle with basil, and serve room temperature.
 

KitchAnnette Cherry Tomato Tarte Full

It might not all come out of the pan perfectly – but that’s not a problem! Just grab a spatula and let it fall right onto the tart. The mozzarella blends perfectly into the crust… the tomatoes have such a robust flavor… and the sweet fresh basil is the final complement to the dish! It’s like a fancy pizza tart! Yum!

Annette

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