Fillo (Phyllo) Tomato Tart Recipe

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Recipe by Sandy McKee of Omaha, NE. Recipe was featured in Sunset Magazine, July 2007.

This Fillo (Phyllo) Tomato Tart could be served as an appetizer or as a main entree. This is one of those recipes that is a "must make" during fresh vine-ripened tomato season. I always get raves when serving this tomato tart because it is so delicious! I have made this recipe many times with variations of the toppings (black olives, pepperoni, fresh peppers, etc).

Filo Tomato Tart

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

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Fillo (Phyllo) Tomato Tart Recipe:

Recipe Type: Appetizer, Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Diet and Low Fat
Yields: makes about 20 (3-inch squares)
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 35 min


7 sheets Fillo (Phyllo) dough, thawed*
5 tablespoons butter, melted
7 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano), divided
1 cup very thinly-sliced onions
1 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
8 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices**
Thyme leaves or basil leaves, minced
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

* Thaw frozen Fillo (Phyllo) dough in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight before preparing the recipe.

** Cut tomatoes very thin so juices evaporate while baking or dough will be soggy. Multi-colored Heirloom Tomatoes would also be beautiful on this tart.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray paper with cooking-oil spray (or brush lightly with vegetable oil).

Have all your ingredients prepared in advance before preparing the Fillo Dough. This is called Mise en Place.

Preparing Fillo (Phyllo) Dough:

  • When you open the package you will then unroll all the sheets on a flat surface. They sheet are very thin. Lay them on top of parchment paper so that they do not stick to anything and cover the top with a piece of parchment as well.
  • Lay one (1) sheet Fillo (Phyllo) dough on the prepared parchment paper on the cookie sheet. Brush lightly with a little melted butter. Don't worry if the dough tears a little while brushing with butter. As the phyllo layers are stacked, the only important one is the top layer.
  • Sprinkle all over with 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese. Repeat layering five (5) more times (with filo dough, butter, and parmesan cheese), pressing each sheet firmly so it sticks to sheet below.
  • Lay the last fillo sheet on top, brush with remaining melted butter, and sprinkle on remaining 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese.

Scatter onion slices across the top of dough, top with mozzarella cheese, and arrange tomato slices in a single layer (overlapping slightly). Sprinkle with thyme or basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Bake until the dough is golden brown, approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes. Using your pizza cutter or a sharp knife and cut into approximately 3-inch squares.

Serves many as an appetizer - Makes about 20 (3-inch squares).


Fillo (Phyllo) Tomato Tart - Nutritional Information

I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the below information. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new fitness regimen.

Item Amount Fat Grams Carbohydrate Grams Calories
Fillo (Phyllo) Sheets 7 sheets 1 43.4 224
Butter 5 tablespoons 55 0 500
Parmesan Cheese 7 tablespoons, grated 14 1.4 161
Onion 1 cup .1 9 40
Mozzarella Cheese, fresh 1 cup 40 0 560
Tomatoes, Roma 8 medium 0 24 39
Recipe Totals 110 77.8 1524

Yields: makes about 20 (3-inch squares).

Each 3-inch square  = 5.5 Fat grams, 3.89 carbohydrate grams, 76.2 calories

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