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Roasted Tomato Tart

June 9, 2008

Serves 6-8 as an appetizer

For casual summer tarts and pies there is no need to struggle with pie pastry. The rolls of pie crusts found in the refrigerator section of the grocery store are excellent. I much prefer the “name brand” pie crusts to the store brands I have encountered, however. Serve at room temperature as a snack or appetizer. Alternately, treat this as an upscale grilled cheese and tomato sandwich and serve it with tomato soup on a rainy day.

1 pie crust (may be store bought)
1 log goat cheese
1 recipe oven roasted tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, thyme, oregano or marjoram (optional)]
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll out the pastry to fit a 10 inch tart pan, preferably with removable bottom. Trim off the excess around the edges. Move to a baking sheet. Sprinkle the tomatoes over the pie crust. Dot with half of the goat cheese. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil.

Bake 25-30 minutes or crust is golden and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining cheese – sliced or in dots -- and return to oven for a few minutes. Add herbs if desired. Allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting.

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