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Friday, February 19, 2010

Tomato Asparagus Feta Phyllo Tart

Tomato Asparagus Feta Phyllo Tart 1

This tomato tart came about because I bought a box of 40 heirloom tomatoes from the Farmers' Market - Alhambra for only $5. Since I had yellow, orange, and red tomatoes, I had to show them off.

I originally wanted to use puff pastry, but it was more expensive than the phyllo. Plus, the phyllo could also be used for the Mushroom Cream Cheese Phyllo Bundles. In the end, I think the phyllo was a nice crispy contrast to the softness of the tomatoes. The asparagus I also had on hand because I made Bacon-wrapped Asparagus for the baby shower. And lastly, a bit of feta cheese crumbled on top and a dash or two of dried thyme rounded everything out nicely.

Tomato Asparagus Feta Phyllo Tart 2

Tomato Asparagus Feta Phyllo Tart

For one tart, you'll need:
Phyllo dough
3 tomatoes, sliced thinly
2 asparagus spears
1 tblsp feta cheese
1/4 tsp dried thyme

Gorgeous! All those tomatoes for only $5!

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Stack about a dozen phyllo sheets on top of each other.

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Thinly slice three tomatoes and layer them in a row.

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Add a couple of asparagus spears in between the rows of tomatoes. Crumble about a tablespoon of feta cheese over the tomatoes. I find feta cheese plenty salty, but if you require more, add a pinch or so of salt. Then sprinkle dried thyme over the whole thing.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes until the phyllo is golden to your liking.

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I used a pizza cutter to slice the tart into squares for serving.

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Other dishes served at this baby shower:
Bacon-wrapped Asparagus
Bruschetta al Pomodoro (Italian Tomato Bruschetta)
Hong Kong-Style Tomato Borscht
Mushroom Cream Cheese Phyllo Bundles

1 year ago today, Green Tea Soba (Japanese Buckwheat Noodles) with Almond Butter.
2 years ago today, Yang Chow-style Fried Rice.
3 years ago today, I welcomed the Year of the Pig with a Feta and Cheddar Cheese Fondue dinner.


  1. That looks quite pretty! Great price on those beautiful heirloom tomatoes too! I'm not a big fan of feta, so if I were to try making this dish myself, is there another cheese you would recommend as a substitute?

  2. Looks and sounds lovely. I especially like the tri-tone color arrangement. Can't wait to try this with some heirloom tomatoes.

  3. CC,
    I would suggest blue cheese, but if you don't like feta, you'd probably like that even less. Just omit the cheese completely? Sprinkle some salt on top instead.

    5 o'clock tsp,
    With the variety of tomatoes I had available, I had to do something to show off the color.

    1. thanks wc! i would probably forgo the cheese since i don't like blue cheese either. :(

  4. CC,
    I don't think the cheese is essential to the recipe so you're OK. Just the juxtaposition of warm, juicy tomato and crispy phyllo.

  5. I love the colours of the tomatoes and it seems like such a simple dish but yet looks very classy! I need to start making creative food like this!

  6. CC,
    Hmm. I was thinking, you could use just regular old Parmesan cheese? If that's not too cheesy for you? I'd choose the nice fresh grated kind since that's less pungent than the dried one in a green container.

    Thanks! I was going for least amount of work. :P


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