This thing could not be easier. And it is always a stunning presentation. I cannot remember how long I’ve been making it. But I was surprised to see that I have never referenced it in my blog. The thing about it is that it’s so simple and flexible that you can do anything you want with it. I gave a friend the recipe and she emailed me back and said, Oh! That was great, but I used sour cream instead of mustard and asparagus instead of tomatoes. And the funny thing is that you can do that, make those insane substitutions, and it works.
Preheat oven to 400
One pastry crust
(I bought this one)
Some sliced tomatoes
(Winter tomatoes are perfect for this,
fortunately these were summer tomatoes)
3 cups shredded cheese
(I shred my own but you can use bagged
cheese, it’s a lot easier, if less delicious)
Put the crust in a tart pan, but you can use a pie pan or anything that holds it
Spread the raw crust liberally with mustard
(You can use sour cream, mayonnaise, oh hell, peanut butter for all I care)
Fill it with shredded cheese
(Swiss cheese is nice but anything works, a combination
of cheeses is great, add some bleu cheese, for sure)
Cover with sliced tomatoes
(A light sprinkling of parmesan works here)
Plop it the oven for 35-45 minutes until it looks browned.
Throw on some basil when you take it out of the oven, or not. I put shallots on this one.
Let cool and slice up. Or just fold
it on half and eat like a sandwich.