Tomato phyllo tart

  • Time 30 t0 35 minutes
  • Yield serves 10 to 12


    12 14-by-18-inch or 24 9-by-14-inch sheets phyllo dough
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon plain dry breadcrumbs
    2 tablespoons prepared pesto
    3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, (about 4 ounces)
    1 large red tomato, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    1 large yellow tomato, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
    Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    10-12 small basil leaves


    Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 17 1/2-by-12 1/2-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay one large sheet of phyllo on the prepared pan. (If using the smaller size, slightly overlap two sheets on the pan to form a rectangle.) Keep the remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap or wax paper and a damp kitchen towel.
    Lightly coat the phyllo surface with oil using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon breadcrumbs. Repeat this step, layering the remaining phyllo on top. Brush the final sheet with oil. Carefully roll about 3/4 inch of each side toward the center to form the outer rim of the tart.
    Using the same brush, paint pesto evenly on the surface of the tart. Sprinkle about half of the crumbled feta cheese over the pesto layer. Arrange tomato slices, alternating colors, over the pesto layer; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
    Bake the tart until the crust turns brown and crispy, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
    To serve, lift the parchment paper and slide the tart onto a cutting board or large platter. Scatter basil leaves on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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