This tomato tart combines heirloom tomatoes with sweet Sungolds, fresh basil, Swiss Chard and a mix of cheeses baked in your favorite pie crust. I say "your favorite pie crust" because my Aunt Mary uses her 95 year-old mom's pie crust recipe which calls for butter-flavored Crisco. And although this old-fashioned treat tastes downright fabulous, it's a health disaster that's probably best left unpublished so I can avoid all the hate mail! Instead you can use your favorite (savory) pie crust recipe and layer up the cheeses and tomatoes for a melty roasted-tomato and greens treat. Trust me, there won't be any leftovers. —jperrella
Trader Joe's Quattro Formaggio or other 4-Cheese Italian Blend shredded cheese
stemmed, boiled then drained Swiss Chard or Beet Greens
3 - 4
heirloom tomatoes (depending on size), sliced 1/4" - 3/8" thick then laid out on paper towel to absorb excess liquid
Sungold tomatoes, halved
4 - 5
fresh Genovese or Italian basil leaves
prepared pie crust for 9" pan
good olive oil for drizzling
In This Recipe
Roll out the pie crust & put it in a 9” glass pie dish. Prick the bottom, and par-bake at 375° until just turning color (one step beyond blonde). Pull from oven.
Sprinkle a layer of the Quattro Formaggio mix on the bottom of the pie shell, just to cover.
Make sure the greens are well drained (squeezed out). Sprinkle layer of chard, beet greens or spinach, to cover (you won’t be able to completely cover the layer, that’s fine).
Sprinkle another layer of the Quattro Formaggio mix on top of the greens.
Scatter crumbled feta on top of that.
Layer pretty and colorful slices of heirloom tomatoes on top, then tuck in the Sungold halves around the tart.
Sprinkle lightly with sea salt (the feta is very salty, so you don’t need to salt the tomatoes much).
Chiffonade the basil & scatter on top of the tomatoes.
Drizzle top with olive oil.
Bake at 375 for 30 – 45 minutes, watching for when the tomatoes are cooked and the crust is browned.
Cool 15 min before cutting. You can store the tart at room temperature. However, if you're like us, you'll be fighting over the last remaining crumbs and there won't be any leftovers.