Thursday, February 20, 2014

Foodie Friday: February 21st

Welcome to the February 21st Foodie Friday, where good food
is always on the menu.
Life has been calm and sweet this past week, mainly because Zap is feeling better.
I've stayed close to home, so Bandwidth and I have been Binge-Watching House of Cards on Netflix.
Have you seen it? If not, I'd describe it as a cross between Game of Thrones and Dallas,
with a little Dexter thrown in for good measure.
I took a break and made a roasted tomato tart, inspired by a recipe at Real Simple.  I made some tweaks and added a balsamic reduction. It's so good, you might want to serve it as a meatless entrée--and it's easy.
Tomato Tart with Balsamic Reduction
                                                                 Serves: 6 to 8
8 large tomatoes
Fresh mozzarella
2 Pepperidge Farm Frozen puff pastry Sheets (thawed)
basil and thyme
olive oil
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
white granulated sugar
Tabasco (optional)
garlic salt
balsamic vinegar
12 inch tart pan
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
While the oven heats, slice tomatoes 1" thick and place on thick layers of paper towels for 30 minutes. This will help prevent a soggy crust. 
Another tip to reduce moisture: blot the fresh mozzarella with paper towels. Slice the cheese into half moons and place on paper towels.
 Place the tomato slices on a greased baking pan.
Drizzle slices with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, pinches of sugar, garlic salt, a few drops of Tabasco. Add thyme sprigs. Roast the slices about 30 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned. Remove pan from oven and set aside.
Reduce heat to 375 degrees F.
Roll out the defrosted puff pastry sheets (it took 2 sheets for my 12" tart pan). Trim excess
pastry and crimp edges. Arrange layers of tomatoes and mozzarella over the pastry. Season with
salt and pepper again. Drizzle olive oil over the cheese and tomatoes.
Beat 1 egg and brush it around the edges of the crust.
Bake tart for 20 - 25 minutes (or until the crust is brown).
Remove pan from oven. If you notice any liquid between the tomatoes, blot it with paper towels.
If desired, make a balsamic vinegar reduction. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar into a pan
and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and reduce the liquid for 10 minutes or until thickened. Stir now and then.
 Using a fork, drizzle the sauce over the tomatoes.
Garnish with fresh thyme and basil.
Next time I make this tart, I'll add crumbled bacon.

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  1. Your tomato tart must taste as delicious as it looks, roasting tomatoes make those anemic winter ones worth eating! We watched season 1 of House of Cards, my hubby just said the other day we need to watch season 2. We love to binge-watch a season over a weekend. So glad to hear Zap is feeling better :)

  2. Your tart turned out very pretty Michael! Glad to hear Zap is feeling better:@)

  3. Well, that tart is a definite show stopper! I think I'm still salivating! Sooo glad you are having a peaceful week~ I am dying to catch up with House of Cards, soon I hope~

  4. I love your Tomato Tart, it looks delicious and reminds me that spring is on the way with fresh tomatoes from the garden. I am so happy to hear that Zap has having a good week, good for him. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the party!
    Miz Helen

  5. This looks and sounds amazing. I'm finally eating tomatoes...thanks to roasting them. We will have to try this recipe...
    Glad your little pup is feeling better.

  6. Thrilled to hear that Zap is better. Your tart looks too pretty to eat.

  7. Wow, does that tomato tart ever look great, Michael Lee!! It's good to know you e had a calmer week and that Zap is doing much better. xo

  8. Thanks for hosting and that tart looks amazing. ready for winter to be over and fresh tomatoes in the garden!

  9. Your tomato tart looks and sounds wonderful!

  10. The tart looks wonderful, yummy! Thank you so much lovely lady for hosting this great food many terrific récipes to go check out! Hugs,

  11. Your tart looks scrumptious. I pinned it from brunch. Thank you for hosting.

  12. Your tomato tart looks so, so, so good! I wish I hadn't already planned dinner for tomorrow night because I would be making this! Will definitely be making it soon.

  13. I am so glad to hear that Zap is feeling better. What a gorgeous tomato tart. It could be in the window of a fancy Paris bakery. Thanks for hosting each week and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

  14. So glad Zap is doing better!! We haven't been watching House of Cards, but just signed up for Netflix last night - and it's on our list.

  15. Glad to hear Zap is better. Love your description of House of Cards. I brought some old family favorites to the party this week: Sunday Gravy that I grew up with and an emergency chocolate cake that my mom ate during WWII. Thanks for the party.

  16. Happy news about Zap -- I hope he continues to improve! Your Tomato Tart is just the sort of thing I'd like, especially with the balsamic reduction. Today I've linked a dish of chicken baked with peppers, accompanied by avocado, pintos and lime. Have a lovely weekend!

  17. Happy to learn that Zap is doing better -- I hope he continues to improve! Today I brought a chicken and pepper bake, accompanied by avocado, pintos and lime.
    Your Tomato Tart looks beautiful -- its flavors are just the thing I like, especially with the balsamic reduction.
    Have a peaceful weekend --

  18. That is just beautiful! I am so glad I got back to blogging! I will have to try that recipe!

  19. This is Saturday night's supper! making it tomorrow! looks beautiful.......
    Thank you for hosting.......and so glad to hear Zap is doing better.......Elvis (our Yorkie) and Duncan & Oliver (The Westies) send a big paw hug your way......

  20. The tomato tart looks delicious! I just love Netflix!
    Thanks for hosting!