Tomato Tart With Fillo and Feta Cream Recipe

Tomato Tart with Fillo and Feta Cream

The Spruce / Anita Schecter

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
478 Calories
25g Fat
51g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 478
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 736mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 196mg 15%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 309mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

I fully confess to loving anything wrapped in pastry. Sweet, savory, a little of both—all fine with me if it's wrapped in either homemade dough, store-bought puff pastry sheets or crispy, crunchy fillo sheets. I wouldn't last long on a carb-free diet.

One thing I really like about working with phyllo is how quickly and easily I can make a tart. Yes, it seems intimidating and I thought so, too, when I first started. But once I accepted that it's meant to break and crumble and be imperfect, I realized how simple it is. Just brush each layer with oil or butter, fill it with delicious things and bake.

I found some beautiful multicolored cherry tomatoes in the market and knew I wanted to roast them with some za'atar. So why not go ahead and turn it into a tart. The feta cream is easy to make in a little food processor and although it's crazy salty on its own, it balances perfectly with the sweet tomatoes. Enjoy.

"Beautiful and delicious! Depending upon your appetite, this could serve 4 as a side, or 2 as a main. The tart will be smaller than you think once the sides are folded up. This would be a great appetizer!" —Diana Andrews

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1/2 teaspoon za'atar seasoning

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk, as needed

  • 12 sheets fillo pastry, defrosted according to package directions

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, or olive oil

  • 1 to 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

  3. Add the feta, cream cheese, za'atar, dried oregano, and 2 tablespoons of milk to a food processor. Puree until smooth, adding an additional tablespoon or 2 of milk if needed to get a creamy, spreadable texture. Note that the mixture will be quite salty but it will also provide the seasoning for the pastry and tomatoes.

  4. On the prepared baking sheet, gently brush a layer of fillo pastry with the melted butter, top with another layer and repeat until all the layers are used.

  5. Spread the feta cheese mixture over the top layer of fillo, leaving about a 1 1/2-inch border on all sides.

  6. Spread the tomatoes on evenly over the feta mixture. Fold up the sides of the fillo to create a rectangular tart with an edge. Brush any exposed dough edges with some of the melted butter.

  7. Bake until the pastry is a light golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Top with the parsley and serve.

Tip

If you're using frozen fillo pastry sheets, place them in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.