Tomato Cheese Tart

Easy, Moderate, Complex

Yield: Serves 8 -10 as a starter or side dish.

Ingredients

  • 7 Filo pastry sheets
  • ¼  cup melted butter (60 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon – style mustard (30 ml)
  • 7-8 large ripe tomatoes, sliced  ¼ “ thick
  • 2 cups grated Emmenthal cheese (450 g)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (15 g)
  • 12 fresh Basil leaves for garnish
  • A pinch of coarse salt
  • A grinding of crack black pepper

Method

  1. On a large baking sheet, brush melted butter on the filo sheets, stacking them on top of each other as you build your pie crust. You may want to stagger the sheets  a little bit to ensure that the baking tray is well covered allowing a little bit of an edge.
  2. On the top layer, brush on the mustard. Grate the cheese and spread out over pastry to ensure even coverage. Lay tomato slices generously, all over, overlapping as needed.
  3. Season with coarse salt and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle on some thyme leaves
  4. Bake in a 400 degree oven, for about 25 minutes or until pastry is crisped and browned at the edges. 
  5. Garnish with some fresh large basil leaves. Add another sprinkling of coarse salt. Cut into squares. Good served hot, warm or at room temperature.