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Eggplant, Tomato, and Smoked Mozzarella Tart

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 2 wedges)
Salting the eggplant draws out some of the bitter flavor and moisture. Less moisture in turn minimizes the amount of oil the eggplant will absorb. This dish has a crispy crackerlike crust, a nice contrast to the tender eggplant.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1 (1-pound) eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded smoked mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 260
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 8.8 g
  • satfat 3.1 g
  • monofat 4.2 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 9.8 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 681 mg
  • calcium 210 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through 1/4 teaspoon salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk; make a well in center of mixture. Add water and 1 tablespoon oil, stirring to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times. Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap; cover and chill 15 minutes.

  3. Slightly overlap 2 sheets of plastic wrap on a slightly damp surface. Unwrap dough, and place chilled dough on plastic wrap. Cover with 2 additional sheets of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into an 11-inch circle. Remove top sheets of plastic wrap. Fit dough, plastic-wrap side up, into a 10-inch round removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Press dough against bottom and sides of pan. Pierce bottom and sides of dough with a fork; bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  4. To prepare filling, arrange eggplant on several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Sprinkle eggplant with 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels; brush eggplant with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Arrange eggplant in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Stack eggplant slices on a plate; cover with plastic wrap. Let eggplant stand 7 minutes to steam.

  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, basil, oregano, mint, and tomatoes.

  6. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons smoked mozzarella on bottom of baked crust. Layer eggplant and tomato mixture in crust; sprinkle with 6 tablespoons smoked mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut into 8 wedges.