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Spanish Cheese and Tomato Pie Recipe - Tarta de Tomatitos y Queso

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Spanish Cheese and Tomato Pie Recipe - Tarta de Tomatitos y Queso

Spanish Cheese and Tomato Pie Recipe - Tarta de Tomatitos y Queso

Lisa Sierra (c) 2012 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Like the French, the Spanish enjoy eating lots of cheese by itself, but they also use it to prepare sweets, like cheese cakes, as well as cheese-filled pies. This dish is our own version of tarta de tomatitos y queso, or cheese and tomato pie. Prepare or buy a pastry crust. Sauté onions and garlic, and sprinkle over the crust. Fill the pie with grated parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar, and top with cherry tomato halves, oregano and pepper. Bake in the oven for a few minutes until cheese is melted and crust is flaky. Cut and serve for a tapa or a main course for a simple dinner. Toss a Spanish ensalada mixta and dinner is complete. Any leftovers will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Just warm up in the oven until cheese melts.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs (680 gr) fresh pastry dough (pie crust) or pizza dough
  • 1 large white or yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz (226 gr) mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz (113 gr) cheddar cheese
  • 3 oz (85 gr) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz (226 gr) cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 4 oz (118 ml) tomato sauce (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • black pepper to taste

Preparation:

Note re Dough: Pastry dough, such as dough for a pie crust is the traditional type used for this recipe. However, a yeast dough like the type used for pizzas can also be used if rolled out thin.

Prepare the dough.

Grate mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and set aside.

Prepare the vegetables: Cut cherry tomatoes in half and set aside. Peel and thinly the onion into rings. Peel and cut garlic into thin lengthwise slices.

Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottom frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic slices.

Pre-heat oven to 356F (180C) degrees.

Roll out and press the dough into a large (12-14-inch) deep dish pizza pan or a cookie sheet with sides. Spread tomato sauce thinly over the dough (optional). Sprinkle sautéed onion and garlic on top.

Sprinkle grated cheeses evenly over the dough. Arrange tomato halves with the cut side down on top of the cheese. Crush oregano in between fingers while sprinkling it over the top. Add ground pepper to taste.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until dough is cooked and cheese is thoroughly melted. Serve hot.

Spanish Tapas

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