Monday, February 27, 2012 a Ratatouille Tart Date

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

14 oz Frozen Puff Pastry
2 Italian Sausages
1 Asian Eggplant
1 Smallish Zucchini
1 Smallish Yellow Squash
1 Longish Red Bell Pepper
1/3 cup Tomato Puree or Tomato Sauce
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Few Sprigs Fresh Thyme
1 C Goat Cheese, Crumbled 

Heat the oven to 375°F. Slide the pastry onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prick the pastry all over with a fork, at about 1-inch intervals.

Spread the Tomato Puree or sauce evenly over the pastry, leaving a one-inch border around the edges.

Slice and place the Sausage Spread throughout the Sauce.

Trim the ends off the Eggplant, Zucchini and Yellow Squash. As carefully as you can, trim the ends off the red pepper and remove the core, leaving the edges intact, like a tube.

On a Mandoline (My new toy! Not a cowboy hat.), adjustable-blade slicer or with a very sharp knife, cut the Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Pepper into very thin slices, approximately 1/16-inch thick.

Arrange slightly overlapped slices of vegetables concentrically or in rows over the Tomato Puree or sauce, alternative vegetables. You’ll probably have a few leftover.

Drizzle vegetables with Olive Oil, season with Salt and Pepper and sprinkle de-stemmed thyme leaves over the vegetables.

Bake in the heated oven until the pastry is puffed and browned (including on the bottom), 25 to 30 min and the vegetables look softened. Slide onto a cutting board, sprinkle with the Goat Cheese, and cut into squares or strips. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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