Flaky Good Eats!
I love a savory tart, actually I just love tarts, sweet or savory! When you take some crispy bacon, combine that with vine-ripen tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese, you already have a winner on your hands.
My Tomato Tart with Bacon and Cheese is the perfect flaky snack!
I took my basic tart dough and decided to add some black pepper and crushed oregano to it. It was not only a way to flavor the tart, it was also a way to bring a little drama to the tart dough.
After rolling out my tart dough on a lightly floured surface, I used a container lid to cut round tart circles. I know real fancy, but hey it works!
Place a nice thick piece of mozzarella in the center of the tart dough, top that with a fresh slice of tomato, a little shallot and the BACON!
I sprinkled a pinch of creole seasoning and oregano on top of all that goodness, then I drizzled a little olive oil on top.
Don’t forget to fold the tart edges up similar to a pie crust, but a lot more rustic looking. Then baste each tart with a little butter, just for the fun of it.
You can put these in the refrigerator covered for about 30 minutes to set up. I went straight to the oven for about 20-25 minutes, until nice and golden brown.
Top with a nice piece of fresh basil as soon as they come out the oven.
Look at what we created people, the cheese, the cheese, I just love all this cheese!
I am ready to eat, and all I can say is this tart taste like part flaky biscuit and part savory pie dough, just pure divine!
Tomato, Bacon, and Cheese Tarts
2 Tomatoes, sliced
1/2 pack of bacon, fried crispy
1 ball mozzarella cheese, sliced
tart dough (recipe below)
pinch of oregano, dried crushed
pinch of creole seasoning
olive oil for drizzle
butter to baste tarts prior to baking
For the Tart Dough:
2 cups all purpose flour
3 sticks of unsalted butter, chilled, diced into 1 inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoon ice cold water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare pastry tart dough by adding all ingredients except water to a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add water to processor and pulse a few more times until mixture comes together. Gather dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill until ready to use.
Roll out pastry dough on a lightly floured surface into about 1 inch thickness. Use a floured lid to cut out tart rounds. Place rounds on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Dice bacon and fry until crispy.
Assemble tarts by placing mozzarella cheese, topped with a tomato, garnish with a little shallot and top with bacon. Add a pinch of oregano and creole seasoning on top. Drizzle with olive oil. Fold up edges of tart dough and baste dough with a little melted butter. Repeat.
Place tarts in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until nice and golden brown. Remove from oven and top with a basil leaf.