Oven-Dried Tomato Tart With Goat Cheese And Black Olives

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  1. Oven-Dried Tomato Tart With Goat Cheese And Black Olives

    Oven-drying the tomatoes before baking the tart concentrates their
    sweetness and prevents juices from softening the filling.
    This makes a great summer starter, light lunch, or supper. What to
    drink: A glass of dry rose to echo the Proven├žal flavors of the tart,
    or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

    5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    6 medium tomatoes or large romas, cored, halved crosswise, seeded
    2 small garlic cloves, thinly slivered
    2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme, divided
    1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed

    1 cup coarsely grated whole-milk mozzarella cheese
    1/2 cup soft fresh goat cheese (about 4 ounces)
    2 large eggs
    1/4 cup whipping cream
    1/3 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted
    2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Preheat oven to 300 F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil; brush foil
    with 1 tablespoon oil. Place tomato halves, cut side up, on baking
    sheet. Sprinkle garlic and 1 tablespoon thyme over tomatoes; drizzle
    remaining 1/4 cup oil over. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake
    until tomatoes begin to shrink and are slightly dried but still soft,
    about 2 hours. Cool tomatoes on sheet. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.
    Store in single layer in covered container in refrigerator.)
    Roll out pastry on lightly floured surface to 13-inch square. Transfer
    pastry to 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom, pressing
    pastry firmly onto bottom and sides of pan. Trim overhang to 3/4 inch.
    Fold overhang in and press, pushing crust 1/4 inch above pan. Pierce
    crust all over with fork; chill 30 minutes.

    Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375 F. Line pastry with
    foil; fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set,
    about 20 minutes. Remove foil and beans; bake until crust edges are
    golden, piercing with fork if crust bubbles, about 12 minutes longer.
    Cool crust 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.

    Meanwhile, using fork, mash mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, and
    remaining 1 tablespoon thyme together in medium bowl. Season with salt
    and pepper. Add eggs and cream and stir until mixture is well blended.
    Spread cheese filling evenly in crust. Arrange tomato halves in
    filling, cut side up. Place olives between tomatoes. Sprinkle Parmesan
    cheese evenly over top. Bake until filling is puffed and set, about 35
    minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Push up pan bottom, releasing sides. Serve
    tart warm.

    Makes 6 to 8 servings.


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