Tomato, basil, and cheese tart


For the shell:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 stick (6 tbsp ) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
2 tbsp cold vegetable shortening
1/4 lb sliced lean bacon, cooked, drained, cooled, and crumbled
1/4 tsp salt
Raw rice for weighting the shell
For the filling:
4 lg (about 2 lb) firm-ripe tomatoes, sliced horizontally, 1/3″ thick
1 1/2 tsp salt plus additional for sprinkling the tomatoes
1 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves plus 3 basil
Sprigs for garnish
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp whole-milk ricotta
2 lg eggs beaten lightly
1/4 lb whole-milk mozzarella, grated coarse
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

Vegetable oil for brushing the tomatoes

How to prepare

Make the shell: in a lg bowl, blend the flour, butter, shortening, bacon, and salt until the mixture resembles meal add 3 to 4 tbsp ice water, or enough to form a dough, tossing the mixture until the water is incorporated knead the dough lightly with the heel of the hand against a smooth surface for a few seconds to distribute the fat evenly and form it into a ball flatten the dough slightly, dust it with flour, and chill it, wrapped in wax paper, for 1 hour roll the dough into a 1/3″ thick round on a floured surface and fit it into a 9″ tart pan with a removable fluted rim prick the shell lightly with a fork and chill it for 30 mins line shell with foil, fill foil with the rice, and bake shell in lower third of a preheated 425

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