Crispy “Starlight Gardens” Tomato, Basil, and Mozzarella Pie

½ Cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Stick butter
Basil leaves-crushed
Garlic cloves-crushed
Phyllo dough sheets
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella-or any favorite cheese
4 Heirloom tomatoes-sliced 1/3” thick
Salt and pepper to taste
Basil as needed for garnish

  • Preheat oven to 375ºf. Heat the olive oil, butter, basil and garlic until melted and just beginning to boil.
  • Turn off the heat and let the flavors infuse for 10 minutes.
  • Season butter-oil mix with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grease a large cookie sheet with olive oil or vegetable spray.
  • Lay one sheet of phyllo on the pan and brush with the butter/oil mixture.
  • Repeat with the remaining 7 sheets.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top sheet to within 2” from the edges.
  • Top the cheese with the sliced tomatoes, slightly overlapping or shingling each tomato.
  • Roll the edges inward to create a border.
  • Drizzle any remaining olive oil/butter mixture over the tomatoes and season if desired.
  • Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until phyllo is crisp and golden.
  • Cool briefly out of the oven, Garnish the top with more torn basil leaves, slice into portions and serve warm or room temperature.
  • Great with a green salad and more fresh tomatoes. Enjoy!
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