Your Kids Will Love This Spring Break Activity!
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Your Kids Will Love This Spring Break Activity!

Modernmom’s very own Dani put her cooking skills to the test with this super-fun Nintendo “America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking”. game. The following morning, she humbly admitted that her tomato tart appetizer was “delicious.” The office then got buzzing about this contraption — thinking it might be a fabulously fun thing to do with the kids when they are off for (sigh) two weeks of spring break. Here’s the step-by-step recipe:

What you need: Crust

1 large egg, 1 ounce Parmesan Cheese and 1 (9-by-9 1/2-inch) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed.

What you need: Topping

4 ounces low-moisture mozzarella, 2 medium plum tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

Beat the egg

With a fork, beat the egg in a small bowl

Prepare cheeses

Grate the Parmesan on a rasp grater. You should have 1/2 cup of cheese. Grate the mozzarella on a box grater.

Prepare tomatoes

Cut the tomatoes crosswise into 1/2 inch slices.

Prepare the garlic

Peel the garlic clove. Mince it with a garlic press (or finely chop it).

Time to heat

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Prepare the crust

Lay the pastry in the center of a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Brush the beaten egg onto the pastry. Fold the edges of the pastry over by 1/2 inch. Brush folded edges with egg. Using a knife, cut through the folded edges and corners of the tart shell. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the crust. Poke the crust uniformly with a fork.


Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Assemble the tart

While the crust is in the oven, spread the tomatoes over layered paper towels. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of salt and drain for 30 minutes.

Cheese Please

Sprinkle the mozzarella over the cooled crust. Press excess moisture from the tomatoes. Lay tomatoes on top of the mozzarella.


Whisk 2 tbsp. olive oil and the garlic clove together and drizzle over the tomatoes on the tart.


Bake until the shell is deep golden brown.

Final touches

Cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes and then sprinkle with 2 tbsp. of basil. Slice and enjoy! (Don’t forget to tell your guests that you slaved all day…)

MM Tip:

One great part about this recipe? During the down time, I did all the dishes. When the tart came out the the oven, the only thing left to do was sit and enjoy. LOVE IT!

Stay Tuned

ModernMom will be trying out 3 more recipes with the “America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking” game on the Nintendo DSi XL system. YUM!

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