French Tomato Tart

The ripe tomatoes at the farmer’s market are beautiful right now, so we decided to make a fresh tomato tart with goat cheese and herbs last weekend.  The best time to find ripe tomatoes is usually at the end of summer into early fall, and these were perfect!

Making a french tomato tart with ripe tomatoes and goat cheese

We used our pastry crust recipe with and added a generous pinch of salt. Clayton usually hand mixes the pastry crust by working in the butter and then adding ice-cold water until the pastry just comes together  (we don’t have a mixer in our kitchen). He then rests it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before rolling it out.

cutting a piece of a french tomato tart to serve for lunch

We used three medium tomatoes, cut them into quarter inch rounds, and then seeded them (for moisture control). We set them on paper towels to drain and lightly salted them while we worked on the other steps. It’s amazing how much liquid comes out of tomatoes. For curiosity’s sake we measured, and ended up with about 4 oz of liquid, and the tart at the end was still slightly watery than we expected. We’d suggest letting them drain for an hour prior to assembling the tart.

Tomato tart made in the french way
Cutting a slice of tomato tart with a tiffany's cake cutter server
A french tomato tart is perfect for the summer when you have lots of ripe tomatoes.

You can use any combination of herbs. We’ve used chives, chervil, thyme, and tarragon. Be sure to use a tart pan with a removable bottom. It makes slicing the tart so much easier!

The Taste SF serves a slice of french tomato tart

The combination of tomatoes, goat cheese, and herbs was so good and it looked beautiful on these rustic plates! We paired this with Robert Sinskey Vineyards Three Amigos Vineyard Pinot Noir. This gave us the idea to try a sandwich made with tomato, dijon mustard, and goat cheese – yum!

French Tomato Tart
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Use a tart pan with a removable bottom. Roll out dough so that it will fit into the tart pan. Lightly press it into the pan, then roll a rolling pin over the top of the tart pan to trim the edges of the crust.
  2. Put a layer of parchment or tin foil into the tart and fill with ceramic pie weights or dried beans. Cook for 20 minutes at 375F.
  3. Remove the pie weights and allow the tart shell to cool. Once cool, spread mustard in a thin layer on the base of the tart shell.
  4. Layer in your tomato slices in a concentric circle.
  5. Top with pieces of goat cheese and herbs.
  6. Cook at 350F for 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden on top.

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