Friday, August 28, 2009

... tomato tarts

tomatoes from the garden

i got some kind of bee in my bonnet this week and had the impulse to make not just one, but two tomato tarts for dinner. and not just because our garden is currently exploding with tomatoes all of a sudden.

(please forgive the poor photos. by the time i finished the tarts it was dark and i couldn't find any good lighting in the house.)

fresh tomato tart

tart slice

the first i made was an heirloom tomato tart with a parmesan pepper pastry crust. i used a variety of tomatoes from the garden, including sasha's altai, yellow taxi, black prince, grushovka, and something else i can't remember. i was just picking whatever looked ripe. the tomatoes were layered with pesto and fresh mozzarella. yum

tomato goat cheese tart

the second, a tomato goat cheese tart in a cornmeal pastry, allowed me to use some cherry tomatoes from our csa. and also, who doesn't like a good goat cheese custard?

tart slice

now, to come up with more recipes involving tomatoes. a lot more.


  1. Those look absolutely delicious! Yum!

  2. Impressive! Your tarts look delicious! Your heirloom tomatoes obviously turned out well this year. There's nothing like eating them fresh, but I also love that tomatoes lend themselves to countless culinary possibilities. If you still have a tomato explosion, you should definitely look into home canning or making fresh salsa or even batches of spaghetti sauce that you can freeze for later.

  3. thank you, both! these were so very delicious, though, i have to admit, it may have been foolish to make two tarts in one night (with only two people to eat them). let's just say that tomato tarts were pretty much the only thing i ate for the next few days.

    i have put c on salsa duty while i am away this weekend. there are some lovely roasted tomato salsas from rick bayless that we've been dying to try.