5:31 pm - Wednesday August 23, 2017

Eggplant Lasagna Tart with Parmesan-Basil Crust

INGREDIENTS

For the Crust:

1/3 cup basil leaves

1 clove garlic

2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed and well chilled

2-3 T. ice water

For the Tart:

½ eggplant, sliced in half lengthwise and sliced as thinly as possible into half moons

1 teaspoon salt

1½ cups ricotta cheese

Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

For the Tomato Sauce:

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 T. olive oil

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Pinch of salt

14-oz. can crushed tomatoes

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Prep the eggplant. To avoid a soggy crust, the moisture needs to be drawn out of the eggplant before baking. Toss the sliced eggplant with 1 teaspoon of salt. Transfer to a colander and let drain while you make the tart crust and tomato sauce.

3. To make the tart shell, place the basil and garlic in a food process and process, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until finely chopped. Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse to combine. Add the flour, salt and butter and pulse quickly about 25 times. Blend in the 2 T. of ice water in a few additional pulses. The dough should stick together when you pinch it between two fingers. Pour the dough into the tart pan. Working quickly, press the dough uniformly into the pan by pressing across the bottom and working towards the sides and up to form a rim. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 15 minutes.

4. Take the tart out of the refrigerator and poke it a few times with a fork. Cover the tart with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Place on a baking sheet and slide tart onto the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, pull the shell out of the oven, and remove the parchment paper and pie weights. Place the uncovered tart back into the oven, weight-free, for another 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with a little shredded Parmesan. Transfer to a rack to cool to room temperature.

5. In the meantime, prepare the tomato sauce. Stir the garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes and salt together in a small, cold saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook until the garlic starts to sizzle just a bit. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, bring to a simmer, cook the sauce down a bit for 10 minutes or so, and then remove from heat.

6. If the eggplant still appears wet, press it into some paper towels to remove any remaining moisture.

7. To assemble the tart, use a spatula to spread half of the ricotta cheese across the base of the tart shell. Spoon about half of the sauce over the ricotta and arrange half of the eggplant in a single layer on top of the sauce. Spread the remainder of the ricotta over the eggplant, making sure that it reaches the edges of the tart. Arrange another layer of eggplant and finish with the remaining sauce. Top with slices of fresh mozzarella across the top.

8. Place the tart on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Remove and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Slice wedges with a serrated knife.

(Tart adapted from 101 Cookbooks; Crust adapted from combination of 101 Cookbooks and Ezra Pound Cake)

Filed in: Baking

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