Tomato tart is one of these everyday meals that is so common at the dinner table of most families in France. The reason is that it is very easy to make, requires very few ingredients, and pleases everyone, including kids. Every French Mom I know has her own version of the tomato tart, and variations in the recipe are endless. Today, I will share with you MY tomato tart recipe (which is of course delicious!), and I will give you a few of the most common recipe variations so you can make your own, if you wish.
For a tart pan approx. 9x 1.125 in. (22.9x 2.9 cm)
|1 Puff Pastry|
|Shredded Cheese: 1/2 Swiss Cheese, and 1/2 Parmesan Cheese|
|1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard|
|2 Branches of Fresh Thyme (cut in small pieces)|
|3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil|
You can find puff pastry in any US grocery store. To make it quick and easy, buy the kind that is all ready to bake, with parchment paper included. I used this one:
Making the Tomato Tart
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll out the puff pastry, and fit it into a tart pan. Spread Dijon Mustard over it.
Slice the tomatoes, and arrange in a single layer over the mustard.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese all over. Add thyme and olive oil.
Step 5: Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Common Recipe Variations
When on a diet: mustard, tomatoes and herbs only, no cheese. It is actually quite delicious that way.
Adding your favorite cheese: any cheese works, but cheeses that are commonly used are swiss cheese, Comté, parmesan, mozarella, and fresh goat cheese.
If you do not like Dijon Mustard: you can use whole grain mustard, or use Tapenade (puréed olives) as a substitute for mustard.
No puff pastry: you can use a pie crust that contains no sugar instead (the same one you would use for a quiche; see my quiche recipe for more information.)
Adding ingredients: some of the common ingredients that can be added are tuna fish and olives.
These are just some of the few most common recipe variations. Have fun exploring, or just enjoy MY delicious recipe!