Cooking On A Budget: Easy Summer Tomato Gallette

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Easy Summer Tomato Gallette


Very thankful for summer's bounty of tomatoes from our garden this year. The beautiful tomatoes along with an on sale product of Pillsbury's® Crescent Seamless Dough Sheets gave me the idea to make a simple and tasty tomato gallette.

For me the tomato is indeed the best fruit of the summer. I am so taken with the flavor, the color and the versatility of this fruit. The only reason I used dried spices is our fresh basil just did not make it this year; it turned brown and weedy looking and I had no fresh oregano available. But fresh herbs in this dish would be wonderful. If you are budget conscious, then stick with the everyday dry herbs.

You'll need a baking sheet, parchment paper and non-stick cooking spray.
  • 1 can Pillsbury's® Crescent Seamless Dough Sheets
  • 1 -2 tomatoes - sliced thinly
  • 2-3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. olive oil 
  • 1 large garlic clove - minced
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste (grind it fresh if you can)
  • dried oregano - to taste
  • dried basil - to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. If you have parchment paper place it on a baking sheet. If you do not, then spray a baking sheet with some non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Slice your tomatoes very thin. Lay them out on a paper towel and salt them. You are trying to draw some of the liquid out of the tomatoes. Pat with a paper towel before placing them on the dough.
  4. Open your can of dough and lay it out on the parchment paper stretching it as necessary.
  5. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the dough.
  6. Mince your garlic.
  7. Lay the tomatoes overlapping till you fill the dough leaving room to fold the edges over.
  8. Next, add some black pepper, oregano and basil to taste on the tomatoes.
  9. Spread (sprinkle) the minced garlic on the tomatoes.
  10. Top with cheese and drizzle some olive oil over the cheese.
  11. Bake in a preheated 375° oven for about 13-15 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Here are some photographs of the assembly:

The dough cost me $2.00. The tomatoes zero cost. So with the cheese and spices and olive oil and dough this was right around $2.96 to make. It's enough for two people for dinner, or 4 light lunch servings. If you doubled the recipe you could feed four for $5.86. 
And that my friends is why you should try and grow tomatoes! Even if you container garden on a deck it is so worth growing these beautiful summer fruits!

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