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Upside-Down Tomato Tart with Parmesan Pastry
1½ hours 30 minutes active, plus cooling
This savory tart inspired by classic French tarte tatin stars sweet-tart tomatoes baked until tender and deeply concentrated in a shingled layer on top of a crisp yet tender Parmesan-herb crust. Avoid plump, extra-juicy tomatoes; their moisture quickly turns the crust soggy. Plum tomatoes are best, and we found it best to slice, salt and roast them before adding the dough. After experimenting with different crusts, we settled on a pastry that’s rich in butter and accented with Parmesan and thyme. The tart can be baked and left in the pie plate for a couple of hours at room temperature. When ready to serve, if desired, rewarm in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes, then invert it onto a platter. (If any tomato slices stick to the pie plate, simply replace them on the tart.) Serve for brunch, lunch or dinner paired with a bright, fresh salad.
pounds medium plum tomatoes, cored and sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds
Kosher salt and ground black pepper