Thyme Scented Roasted Tomato Tart
Recipe Tip: The dough can be made ahead and frozen. The crust can be baked a day ahead, wrapped and kept at room temperature. The tomatoes can be roasted a day or two ahead. The cheese can be sliced and grated, and crushed croutons can be stored in a tightly sealed bag.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, baking powder and thyme leaves. Pulse to aerate and mix.
- Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Remove the top of the processor and drizzle 2 Tablespoons of the ice water around the perimeter of the bowl. Replace the top and pulse to moisten the dough.
- Repeat, adding a Tablespoon of cold water (if necessary) and pulsing mixture until the dough holds together when gently pinched.
- Dump the dough out onto a work surface and gather into a ball.
- Form the ball into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before you roll it out.
- Roll the dough out on a well-floured surface. This dough will cover up to an 11-inch round tart pan.
- Fit the dough into a removable bottom tart pan. Carefully ease the dough into the sides, pressing down on the dough with your fingers to build up the edges as you go.
- Place a sheet of buttered foil over the dough.
- Pour enough dry beans (pie weights or rice works also) over the foil to just cover the bottom of the pan.
- Refrigerate the dough. Wrap the outside of the pan with foil to contain any leaks.
- Adjust the oven rack to the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake the tart crust for about 20 minutes, remove from oven and remove the foil and beans.
- Place tart back in oven and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes. The dough should be dry to the touch and lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool
- For the tomatoes, adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking pan with parchment. Arrange tomato slices on the parchment and drizzle with Roasted Garlic Oil and sprinkle with Maine Seafood Rub, salt and pepper.
- Roast for 30-45 minutes or until the tomatoes have shrunk in size and their juices have concentrated.
- Remove from oven, loosen from the parchment with a spatula and allow to cool.The tomatoes can be used immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
- For serving, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine 1 Tablespoon of the Roasted Garlic Oil and 1 Tablespoon of the Roasted Garlic Mustard. Gently brush the bottom of the tart with the mixture.
- Arrange the thinly sliced cheese over the bottom. Arrange the tomatoes decoratively over the cheese, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and crouton crumbs over the tomatoes and drizzle the remaining Roasted Garlic Oil over all.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is just melted and the tomatoes are heated through.
- Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs and serve warm.