Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Recipes for Cheese and Tomato Tart, Roasted Peach Crumble from 'Chuck's Day Off'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Recipes for Cheese and Tomato Tart, Roasted Peach Crumble from 'Chuck's Day Off'

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Seasonal favourites from chef Chuck Hughes

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On his days off, Montreal chef Chuck Hughes likes to cook delicious comfort food for his friends, restaurant staff and family. That habit has morphed into a successful Food Network Canada show, "Chuck's Day Off," and now a new cookbook of the same name.

Here are a couple of Hughes' well-loved dishes from the book that feature fresh summer ingredients.

Cheese and Tomato Tart

This is a favourite recipe of Hughes. "That's one of my aunt's classics. We eat that a lot at my house," he says.

It's best with fresh tomatoes and herbs in summer. You can prepare it ahead and serve it cold or heat it up just before you eat.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

8 sheets phyllo pastry, thawed

50 ml (1/4 cup) butter, melted

30 ml (2 tbsp) Dijon mustard

500 ml (2 cups) shredded Emmental cheese

8 large ripe tomatoes, sliced 5 mm (1/4 inch) thick

Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh thyme leaves

12 fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Heat oven to 200 C (400 F).

Lay 1 phyllo sheet in a large baking sheet, leaving a slight overhang at the edges. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp cloth so it doesn't dry out.) Brush phyllo with some melted butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and butter, stacking sheets on top of each other and overlapping so baking sheet is well covered and leaving a little bit of an edge.

Brush phyllo with mustard. Sprinkle cheese evenly over pastry. Arrange tomato slices over cheese, overlapping slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with thyme. Bake until pastry is crisp and browned at the edges, about 25 minutes.

Add another sprinkling of coarse salt. Cut tart into 8 squares. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Makes 8 servings.

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Roasted Peach Crumble

Fresh local peaches will soon be coming on the market in many parts of Canada. …

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