Giant Summer Tomato Tart

In the height of summer, when tomatoes are at their most delicious, recipe developer Laura Rege showcases them in this simple, fresh tart. She layers and bakes phyllo with breadcrumbs to create an extra-crispy base, then spreads the crust with a mix of mayo and cream cheese before topping the tart with colorful, juicy, glorious tomatoes.


    • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
    • 8 sheets of phyllo dough, thawed
    • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 1/2 pounds mixed heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
    • Flaky sea salt
    • Pepper
    • Basil leaves, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Lay 1 sheet of the phyllo dough on the baking sheet; keep the rest covered with damp paper towels. Brush the phyllo with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and sprinkle all over with 1 tablespoon of the breadcrumbs. Repeat the layering with the remaining phyllo, olive oil and breadcrumbs.
  2. Bake the crust for about 25 minutes, until golden and crisp; rotate the baking sheet halfway through cooking. Let cool completely.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the cream cheese with the mayonnaise until smooth. Spread the cream cheese mixture in the center of the tart, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Arrange the tomato slices on top and sprinkle with flaky sea salt and pepper. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and garnish with basil leaves. Cut into squares and serve.