Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata

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[shareprints gallery_id=”4687″ gallery_type=”squares” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_80″ image_size=”medium” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]There’s nothing better in the spring time than an outdoor dinner party with the joyful chirping of birds providing the perfect background music along with the beauty of bright green grass, budding trees and NO mosquitoes!  It’s a short window of opportunity for us Minnesotans and before we know it, the mosquito squadron will be ruining the enjoyment of outdoor dining.

The weekend weather was beautiful so I jumped on the opportunity to have a friend over for dinner on my patio.  I paired this delightful little dinner with a crisp Sauvignon blanc.[shareprints gallery_id=”4687″ gallery_type=”squares” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_80″ image_size=”medium” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]There’s nothing better in the spring time than an outdoor dinner party with the joyful chirping of birds providing the perfect background music along with the beauty of bright green grass, budding trees and NO mosquitoes!  It’s a short window of opportunity for us Minnesotans and before we know it, the mosquito squadron will be ruining the enjoyment of outdoor dining.

The weekend weather was beautiful so I jumped on the opportunity to have a friend over for dinner on my patio.  I paired this delightful little dinner with a crisp Sauvignon blanc.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata
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If you want an easy side or appetizer, this is your little darling. Easy, impressive looking and delicious flavor!
Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata
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If you want an easy side or appetizer, this is your little darling. Easy, impressive looking and delicious flavor!
Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 ready made pie crust
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped Or 1 tsp dried basil
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin is my favorite
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch ground pepper
  • 2 large red tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 ounces goat cheese I used the herb flavored
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, roll out your dough into a circle approximately 1/8 inch thick. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spoon half the olive oil mixture into the center of the dough and spread evenly over the surface of the dough leaving a 1 inch border around the edge, free of oil. (This will be folded up over the tomatoes and crimped and the oil will not allow the dough to stick together if there is oil on it.)
  4. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top of the olive oil mixture and then arrange the tomatoes in the center of the dough leaving a 1 inch border around the edge. Drop pieces of goat cheese on top of the tomatoes and spoon the remaining oil over the tomatoes.
  5. Fold the dough up over the tomatoes and crimp the edges. (The center of the tomatoes will not be covered.)
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

The taste of the tomatoes, garlic and cheese really compliment one another nicely along with the flaky pastry.  I served this Italian twist on a French classic with a cup of Shrimp Chowder and a Dijon Vinaigrette Salad.

Bon appetit!

Lynn

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