The tomato harvest continues, and if you have a bag, bushel or basket full of the juicy orbs to use like I do (thanks to my sister and brother-in-law’s garden, not my meager plants), here is a quick and easy appetizer idea that mingles the popular Caprese salad flavors of tomato and basil with mozzarella, but roasts the tomatoes to bring out even more flavor and serves them up in a handy bite-sized tartlet shell.
Tomato Tartlets with Mozzarella and Basil
Makes 15 Servings
18 small grape tomatoes, halved vertically
2 tsp. olive oil
1⁄4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
8 small fresh basil leaves, torn in half across the leaf
4 oz. small fresh mozzarella balls, cut into 24 3⁄4-inch- by-1/3-inch pieces (you’ll have extra)
1 package phyllo shells, baked per package instructions
2 to 3 tsp. teaspoons aged sherry vinegar
Position a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°F.
In a bowl, toss tomatoes, oil, salt and pepper. Tip onto a small, shallow, non-reactive baking dish and bake 30 minutes, until very slightly caramelized at edges. Remove from dish and let cool.
Place a torn basil leaf in phyllo shell, followed by a piece of mozzarella and two tomato halves.
Pour sherry vinegar into a cup. Dip a teaspoon in vinegar and just touch it to tomatoes; that little dot makes a huge difference! Serve immediately.
Nutrition info (per serving): CALORIES 41 (24 From Fat); FAT 3g (Sat. 1g); CHOL 5mg; SODIUM 79mg; CARB 3g; FIBER 0g; PROTEIN 2g