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Tomato Tart with Cornmeal Crust

Total Time: about 2 hours

Hands On Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Providence-based Narragansett Creamery makes a wonderfully nutty Asiago-style cheese called Atwell's Gold, which Kate Jennings loves to combine with tomatoes and scallions in this simple tart. You may substitute regular Asiago or any good melting cheese of your choice.
Tomato Tart with Cornmeal Crust

For the crust:

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal (Kate uses local Kenyon's Grist Mill white or yellow meal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, plus more for pan
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water

Instructions:

Grease the bottom of a 9-inch round tart pan with removable rim; set aside.

Make the crust: In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, and salt. Sprinkle the butter over the dry ingredients and work it in with a pastry cutter or your fingertips until the mixture looks like wet sand, with pea-sized bits of butter remaining. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with 3 tablespoons of the ice water; then add to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the dough begins to hold together. If needed, add an extra tablespoon of water.

Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and knead four times. Press into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.

Preheat your oven to 425°. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a 12-inch circle; then transfer to the tart pan, pushing the dough into the corners and letting it drape over the sides. Run your rolling pin over the edge of the pan to trim off the excess crust. Then prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork, line it with foil, and top with dried beans or pie weights to keep the dough from puffing up as it bakes.

Par-bake the crust until just set, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the foil and weights, and spread the bottom of the crust with the mustard.

For the filling:

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds tomatoes, sliced thin (Kate uses assorted heirloom varieties)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound Asiago or Atwell's Gold cheese, shredded (see headnote)
  • 1/2 bunch (about 4) scallions, thinly sliced

Instructions:

In a large bowl, toss the tomato and onion slices with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and mustard. Sprinkle a little cheese on the bottom of the tart; then arrange the tomato and onion slices in overlapping concentric circles. Top with the rest of the shredded cheese, and sprinkle with the sliced scallions. Bake until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbling, about 55 minutes.
Updated Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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2 Responses to Tomato Tart with Cornmeal Crust

  1. gloria britton June 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Your tomato tart with cornmeal crust includes 3 TBS Dijon mustard for the filling, however the directions also state to spread the bottom of the crust with the mustard although the amount to use does not display in the recipe. You display the recipe for the crust without any mention of mustard.

  2. Shawn September 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    I baked mine with a third as much cheese. I also used a pie plate to accommodate more tomatoes. Rolling the dough wasn’t necessary; it held up to being pressed in just fine.

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