BTW, as promised here is what I ended up making at the bbq this weekend:

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Tart
2 yellow onions thinly sliced
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2-3 oz of fresh mozzarella
3 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese
fresh basil
ready-made pie crust
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 egg + 1 Tbsp milk for egg wash

Preheat the over to 350 degrees.

First put 2 Tbsp of olive oil into the pan. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are caramelized about 15-20 minutes. Once they are caramelized stir in the balsamic vinegar and remove from eat. Allow the onions to come to room temperature.

Coat the tomatoes with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roll out your pie crust to form a 8-10 inch circle. Spread the onion mixture over the pie crust leaving about 1 inch of space from the edge. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the onions. Next sprinkle the tomatoes over the mixture and fold over the dough to form an ornate crust around the tart. Brush the crust with the egg wash. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until crust is crispy and golden.

Cut up the basil and mozzarella. Remove the tart from the oven and add mozzarella and basil on top of the tart. Let stand 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Cut with a pizza cutter and serve.

It turned out pretty well and I am definitely going to make it again (although it only fed about 4-6 people). I think it would also work well with goat cheese instead of mozzarella, and I think you could leave out the parmesan cheese if you wanted to cut calories. Puff pastry would also be a nice alternative to pie crust.

I also made a truffle mac and cheese penne pasta that didn’t turn out particularly well (so I won’t bother posting my recipe). One of the guests brought an orzo salad, and next time we go to a summer bbq I think I am going to try my hand at one of those. My next dinner party is in the second week of September and I am cooking for 4, so I need to think of something to make then….if you have any suggestions or good recipes let me know 🙂

I really need to get better at entertaining. I aspire to be more like Martha Stewart but with less pastels and more zen. I kind of miss cooking, and while I don’t spend money on eating out I find my simple meals like fruits, vegetables, and freezer meals tend to be more economical and efficient during the week. Perhaps I will find time to cook this weekend (and maybe even take a picture of it!).

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