Cherry Tomato Italian Cheese Galette

Ripe, in-season tomatoes are baked in a rustic-looking tart with three Italian styles of cheese: ricotta, provolone and Parmesan.

Preparation time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 35 to 40 minutes

Makes: four to six servings

 

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated provolone cheese (about 50 grams)

2 large eggs (divided)

1 large garlic clove, minced

• salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 (10-inch) square piece frozen rolled puff pastry, thawed (see Note)

• all-purpose flour, for rolling

30 cherry tomatoes, each halved

• salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

• fresh oregano leaves, or sliced fresh basil leaves, to taste

 

Place the ricotta, provolone, one of the eggs and garlic in a bowl.

Season with salt and pepper, and then mix well to combine. Set aside for a moment.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour a work surface. Set on the pastry and roll it out into a slightly larger 12-inch square (it does not have to be perfectly formed). Set the pastry on the baking sheet.

Spoon and spread the ricotta mixture on the puff pastry, leaving a two-inch border of clean pastry.

Arrange the halved cherry tomatoes, cut-side-up, in a single layer, on top of the ricotta mixture, slightly pushing the tomatoes into it. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper.

Crack the remaining egg into a small bowl and beat well. Brush the top of the pastry with some of that beaten egg. Chill the galette in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

(The chilling of the pastry will make it puff better when put in the hot oven. The galette can be made to this point several hours before baking it.)

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 F. Drizzle the tops of the cherry tomatoes with the olive oil. Sprinkle the top of the pastry and tomatoes with Parmesan cheese.

Bake the galette 35 to 40 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Let galette cool and set 10 to 15 minutes, before sprinkling it with oregano leaves or sliced basil, cutting into wedges and serving. The galette could also be served at room temperature.

 

Note: I used Tenderflake brand rolled puff pastry in this recipe. A 500-gram box of it contains two individually wrapped rolled pieces of puff pastry. You’ll only need one for this recipe. Keep the other frozen for another use.