Friday, September 18, 2020

Tomato Tart from Vicki Delany

 It’s here! The most wonderful time of the year. Tomato season! If you are lucky enough to live where the farm stands are overflowing with fresh tomatoes, this makes the perfect dish for lunch or a light supper, served with a fresh green salad. I highly recommend using heirloom tomatoes in this dish, as a variety of colors makes it truly pop.

The tomatoes are salted and drained otherwise the crust will be too wet

Tomato Tart


1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

6 tbsp. unsalted butter, from the refrigerator

3 tbsp.  ice water


1 1/2 lb. tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 tsp salt

2 tsp whole-grain mustard

1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese, grated 

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

Bottom of Form

Tart Dough

  1. In bowl of an electric mixer combine the flour and salt. Add the butter and blend into the flour until the butter is pea-sized. Gradually add the water and mix just until the dough sticks together when pressed. Form into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 400°F
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick. Line a 9-inch (23 cm) tart pan with the dough and prick all over with a fork. Cover with foil and fill with pie weights.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the edge of the crust is lightly golden. Remove the foil and pie weights. Turn the oven down to 350°F (180°C).


  1. Meanwhile, place the tomato slices on a wire rack set over a baking sheet to allow the excess liquid to drain. Sprinkle with the salt and let drain for 15 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Spread the mustard along the bottom of the tart. Layer the cheese, herbs and tomatoes on top.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tomatoes are hot and the cheese is slightly melted. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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  1. This year I roasted a small amount of cherry tomatoes and froze them. Have been using for soups, stews and tomato recipes. Thank for sharing this recipe!

  2. For some reason my comments here keep vanishing.
    This looks beautiful. Great use of the heritage tomatoes.