Tart Making with Ripe Summer Tomatoes

Tomato Tart in Oven

Tomato Tart captures the essence of vine-ripened tomatoes and is a lovely way to highlight their tangy sweet flavor. Mustard goes surprisingly well with garden tomatoes and fresh herbs, and a buttery crisp crust is the perfect platform to show them off. Everyone in the family agrees on these points.

There is vigorous debate, however, on how long to cook tomatoes for the ideal tart. I like them best when they’re just warmed through, leaving tomatoes hot, juicy, and full of fresh tomato flavor. My husband prefers them oven-roasted to concentrate their glorious summer sweetness.

Since we both like both versions, I usually make whatever I have time for. With lots of time, I make the oven-roasted tomato version; with less time, the slice and bake version. No matter the version, since tomatoes are front and center, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. During the summer tomato harvest, when juicy red tomatoes are easy to find, my thoughts always turn to Tomato Tart.

Flavor-rich Greek tomatoes inspired Tomato Tart. I first started making it in 1987 when we lived in Greece and were blessed with a garden glut of the best tomatoes I’d ever tasted. When we returned to Alaska, and were stuck with insipid supermarket tomatoes, this dish was out of reach. In recent years, however, tomatoes bursting with summer flavor have been showing up at Alaska farmers’ markets. When they’re available, Tomato Tart is on the menu.

In addition to the fresh/oven-roasted tomato variations, I’ve made Tomato Tart with regular Dijon mustard and whole-grain Dijon mustard. I’ve made it with the herbs called for in this recipe, as well as with fresh sage, fresh thyme, dried thyme, and various combinations of all or some of the herbs. I’ve made it with every kind of cheese imaginable. The constants are tomatoes, mustard, cheese, and herbs; the specifics depend solely on what’s in the refrigerator.

There’s a reason I’ve been making Tomato Tart for over 20 years. It’s delicious.

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12 Responses to Tart Making with Ripe Summer Tomatoes

  1. Your tomato tarts looks great. After your description of the debate between you and your husband, I feel one needs to make both.

  2. Mediterranean kiwi says:

    this is a brilliant fall dish – pie baking is perfect for the cooler autumn weather

    i just made your ladenia the other day, and it tasted so good with all those ripe juicy tomatoes and a few lashings of olive oil!

  3. Great looking tart. I like the addition of the mustard. Learned something new today.

  4. Simona, you are a true diplomat!

    Maria, watching you making the ladenia the other day really made me hungry for it.

    Norma, thank you!

  5. The tomato tart looks delicious! I wish I'd seen this earlier today when I decided to slow roast an abundance of tomatoes. I threw them into a soup with black beans, which sounds good, but a tart would have been a better choice, in my opinion 🙂

  6. Yet another wonderful idea. I have so many tomatoes. And, I have a new food processor I need to break in.
    Looks delicious!

  7. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Beautiful Laurie! Another one to add to my collection for summer (after you introduced me to ladenia!). Thanks again!

  8. Can I use cherry tomatoes? We have a bumper crop this year. This tart sounds very chic. This will be a lunch for us later this week guaranteed.

  9. Bijoux, oh I don't know, black bean soup with slow roasted tomatoes sounds awfully good. Drove through Kalliope yesterday and thought of you – I wonder if it was when you were writing this comment?

    Cheryl – you are so funny!!!

    Faith, most definitely you can use cherry tomatoes; they'd be delicious.

  10. I also recently discovered the strange love between mustard and tomatoes. Funny how some simple things just elude us. Great recipe.

  11. That looks fantastic! I will definitely print htis recipe out and add to my list of "to-make" items … though I am afraid I will have to wait til next summer for the perfect tomatoes.

  12. That looks fantastic! I will definitely print htis recipe out and add to my list of "to-make" items … though I am afraid I will have to wait til next summer for the perfect tomatoes.

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