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OID’s Halloween Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Tart

October 31, 2011

Roasted Red Peppers
Happy Halloween everyone! My office is having a potluck lunch today in honor of the holiday and we were requested to bring in some spooky treats. While it’s super easy to be creative for desserts, I was perplexed about what to do for a lunch food.

There are also a ton of dips in cool shapes like black cats, hands, etc, but dip isn’t exactly a meal. So after researching a bit, I came up with this, tomato and roasted pepper tart to look like a carved pumpkin.

Peppers for roasting
I roasted some peppers at 350 degrees until the skin was able to be peeled (about 30-40 minutes). While this was roasting, sauté some onions and garlic.

Onions and Garlic
Following by 4 diced tomatoes and tomato paste. This is basically a tomato sauce (add Italian spices), salt and pepper. You can’t have it too wet because it’ll go through the tart dough, so it needs to simmer for about a half hour to thicken.

The dough is more of what I would imagine a deep dish dough to be like (this is a guess, I never actually had deep dish). I say this because there’s an egg involved and it didn’t really rise as much as a pizza dough would. I assume you could do a pizza dough, but I think it might puff up on the sides.

Somehow, during my move down to Georgia I lost my tart pan, so I did a disposable Dollar Store cake tin. It worked just fine and actually worked better for disposable transit to the office.

Arrange the basil to look like a carved pumpkin and we’re ready for 20 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees.

Pumpkin Face with Basil
I was worried about the basil not keeping shape, but it just shrunk a little, yet still looks good. I apologize for the bad final photo, I’ll replace it once I get home and load the recent picture up. I was eager to post this while it was still Halloween.

Final Tart
I hope everyone had a fun weekend, did something festive and managed to enjoy what is left of autumn (or jump straight to winter if you’re in the northeast like most of my friends and family. Oh how I feel for you poor frozen people). Happy Halloween everyone!

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