Flaky Tomato and Mozzarella Tart

Serves 4

All-purpose flour, for the work surface

1/2 sheet frozen puff pastry (one-quarter of a 17.3-ounce package) thawed

1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes,

halved if large

1/4 pound mozzarella, grated (1 cup)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Kosher salt and black pepper

Heat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into a 9-by-6-inch rectangle. Place on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Prick the pastry all over with a fork, then top with the tomatoes and mozzarella. Drizzle with the oil; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Bake the tart until golden brown and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Cut into pieces before serving.

Tip: Be sure to use commercially packaged mozzarella in this recipe. Fresh mozzarella loses its water during baking and will leave the pastry soggy.

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