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Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil

Tomato Pie


For the dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 20 tbs. or 2 ½ sticks of chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more as needed

For the filling:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups grated parmesan
  • 2 tbs. chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 lb. heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick
  • Maldon sea salt for finishing
  • Small basil leaves for finishing

Related Read: What’s In Season Right Now at McGonigle’s


Start off making the tart dough. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour and salt and pulse 2 or 3 times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the 1/4 cup ice water and pulse 3 or 4 times. The dough should hold together when squeezed with your fingers but should not be sticky. If it is crumbly, add more water, 1 tsp. at a time, pulsing twice after each addition. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and shape into a 5-inch disk. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick to fit a 10 1/4-inch round tart pan. Press the dough into the pan and trim, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang around the rim. Fold in the excess dough and press it into the sides so they are thicker than the bottom. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes.

Place the tart pan on a baking sheet. Place a sheet of parchment on top of the dough and fill the pan with pie weights. Bake for 12 minutes, then remove the parchment and weights and continue baking until the crust is baked through and light golden brown, about 10 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely in the tart pan.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan and basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Using a small offset spatula, spread the mixture into the cooled tart shell. Top with the heirloom tomato slices and sprinkle with Maldon salt and basil leaves. Serve immediately. Serves 8. – Recipe from William & Sonoma.
Stop by McGonigle’s Market today to pick up the freshest, and in-season homegrown heirloom tomatoes today, and get cooking! We are located on the corner of Ward Parkway & 79th Street.

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