Spice up your dinner table with this tasty tart!
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno chile
  • 1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes , tomatoes chopped and juices reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal , preferably stone-ground
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg , separated
  • Directions
    In a medium saucepan over medium flame, heat olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add onion, garlic and jalapeño; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomatoes, their juices and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce flame, and cook at a low boil 20 minutes, or until reduced and thickened. Transfer to a bowl, allow to cool to room temperature, and use immediately or refrigerate, tightly covered, up to 1 day.

    In food processor, pulse flour, butter, cornmeal, 1/4 cup Parmesan, salt and peppers until crumbly. With motor running, add buttermilk in a slow, steady stream; process just until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half, shape each half into a disc, wrap in waxed paper, and chill 1 hour or overnight.

    Preheat oven to 400°. Set out a 13 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangular or a 9-inch round tart pan. Roll out one disc of dough to a 1/4-inch-thick 15" x 6" rectangle or 11-inch circle; pat dough into pan. Brush with egg white. Add basil to chilled tomato mixture and spread it evenly over tart shell. In a small bowl, stir together egg yolk and 2 teaspoons water. Roll out remaining half of dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into 1-inch strips; arrange in crisscross pattern over top of tart, brush with egg yolk mixture, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan.

    Bake on a baking sheet 25 to 30 minutes, or until crust is browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Adapted from Back to the Table by Art Smith


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