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Tomato Burgers



for buns

-1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon almond flour

-1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

-3/4 cup confectioners sugar

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-4 large egg whites, lightly beaten

-2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

for tomato filling

-2 medium tomatoes

-1/4 cup drained sun-dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped

-2 tablespoons shallot, finely chopped

-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

for goat-cheese filling

-1/3 cup soft mild goat cheese at room temperature

-3 tablespoons mascarpone

-1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped

to serve

-24 small basil leaves

1. For the buns: Preheat oven to 325ºF, lightly butter muffin cups (a mini-muffin pan with 24 [1/8-cup] cups is recommended). Whisk together all dry ingredients. Whisk egg whites into dry ingredients until combined. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until pale golden and springy to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove buns and cool completely on a rack.

2.For the tomato filling: Cut a shallow X in the bottom of each fresh tomato. Blanch in a saucepan of boiling water 30 seconds, then transfer to an ice bath. When cool, peel and seed tomatoes. Cut into 1/4 inch dice. Stir diced tomatoes together with sun-dried tomatoes, shallot, vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

3. Stir together goat cheese, mascarpone, chives and a pinch of salt.

4. Halve each bun horizontally, then fill sandwich with 1 teaspoon tomato filling, a basil leaf, and 1 teaspoon cheese filling. Buns can be baked 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature. Tomato and goat-cheese fillings can be made 1 day ahead and chilled.

<Dan Barber>

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