Are you looking for a delicious savory tart recipe that can be served on a variety of occasions? Look no further! This classic French Tomato Tart showcases the flavor of fresh tomatoes, herbs de Provence and Dijon mustard.
With just a few ingredients, this tart is easy to make but still has an impressive flavor that will tantalize everyone's taste buds. Here, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to create a delicious French tomato tart. Plus, this tart is a surefire crowd pleaser and can serve up to 6 people with ease. So if you're looking for a tasty French twist on the classic tomato tart, this recipe is just what you need!
You'll be able to impress family and friends with this delectable savory tart and they won't believe how quickly you were able to make it. So let's get cooking!
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If you like French Cuisine and want a whole French menu, you can serve this French Tomato Tart with Chicken Rillettes (French potted chicken spread) or French Leek Salad or with French endive apple walnut salad.
⭐ Why you'll love this recipe
Get ready to have your taste buds blown away with unexpected flavor combinations in this French tomato tart! From the sweetness of the tomatoes to flaky puff pastry, this dish is the perfect balance of flavors and textures. And it's easy and quick to make.
If you're a vegetarian, French tomato tart is the perfect dish for you! Packed with fresh tomatoes and bursting with flavor, this dish is sure to become a staple in your recipe book.
This classic French tart is the perfect dish for summer potlucks and picnics. It is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
📖 Ingredient notes
A store bought (gluten free) puff pastry.
My personal favorite way of making this tomato tart is with a puff pastry. Even better if it's a store bought puff pastry as it will only take a few minutes to make this tart. Yes, I believe that sometimes some things can be store bought instead of homemade. You don't need to be perfect all the time! But make sure to check the ingredients before buying to make sure it uses high quality ingredients.
If you're using a frozen puff pastry, make sure to thaw it before using it.
My mother, on the other hand, makes this tart with a pie crust (shortcrust pastry). I think, the puff pastry gives this tart a delicious flaky texture. But you can also use regular (gluten free) pie crust. You can also make this French tomato tart with my cassava flour pie crust which is grain free.
Make sure to use fresh and firm tomatoes to make this tomato tart.
If you want to make this tomato tart as French as possible, make sure to use Emmental cheese or Comté (both are made from cow's milk). If you can't have any cow dairy, you can use sheep cheese like Ossau-Iraty or P'tit Basque which are also French cheeses.
You can also use the famous Swiss cheese: Gruyère.
The secret ingredient that elevates French tomato tart and takes it to the next level: Dijon mustard. A thin layer of Dijon mustard spread on the puff pastry adds a subtle tanginess that perfectly balances the sweetness of the tomatoes. It's a simple addition that makes a big difference. But be careful not to go overboard - a little goes a long way. Too much mustard can overpower the delicate flavors of the tart. A thin, even layer is all you need.
Herbs de Provence
It is a blend of dried herbs from the Southern French region called Provence. The blend can vary but it often includes dried rosemary, savory, oregano and thyme.
Black olives are for garnish. They are completely optional. Omit them if you don't have any or don't like them. Personally, I like to use dry cured black olives. These olives have a strong and salty taste that contrasts very well with the sweetness of the tomatoes.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Preheat oven to 410° F (210°C). Roll out the puff pastry / pie crust in a 27 cm (10.6 inch) pie pan. Prick it with a fork to prevent it from inflating. Pre-bake the tart crust until it's lightly golden (from 5 to 10 minutes).
In the meantime, cut the tomatoes into 3/16 inch (5 mm) slices.
Then, using a spatula, cover the bottom of the crust with a thin layer of Dijon mustard.
Then add the grated cheese on top of the mustard.
Then, layer the tomato slices over the cheese.
Finally, sprinkle the top of the tart with herbs de Provence. And add some black olives for garnish.
Bake the tart until the puff pastry is golden brown and the tomatoes are soft and tender.
And voilà! Serve warm or at room temperature. As we say in French "Bon appétit!".
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👩🏻🍳 Top Tips
- First, make sure to slice your tomatoes thinly and evenly to ensure they cook evenly.
- Another tip is to use high-quality cheese that you grate yourself instead of using already grated cheese that you buy at the store.
- Don't be shy with the herbs de Provence. They will give the tart a delicious aroma.
- Finally, don't overbake your tart. Keep an eye on it and remove it from the oven when the puff pastry reaches a golden color. This will ensure a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
If you follow these tips, your French tomato tart is sure to impress and have your guests asking for the recipe.
💬 Recipe FAQs
If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
If you have the time to do so, the best way to reheat this tart is definitely in the oven. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and heat your tart for about 5 to 10 minutes or until hot. Alternatively, this tart can be reheated in a microwave oven in just a few seconds. For that, place your tart on a microwave-safe plate and heat it at high temperature for a few seconds. This is the quickest way to do it but it tends to get the pie crust soggy.
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French Tomato Tart
- Preheat oven to 410° F (210°C).
- Roll out the puff pastry / pie crust in a 10.6 inch (27 cm) pie pan. Prick it with a fork to prevent it from inflating. Pre-bake the tart crust until it's lightly golden (from 5 to 10 minutes).
- In the meantime, cut the tomatoes into 3/16 inch (5 mm) slices.
- Then, using a spatula, cover the bottom of the crust with a thin layer of Dijon mustard.
- Then add the grated cheese on top of the mustard.
- Then, layer the tomato slices over the cheese.
- Finally, sprinkle the top of the tart with herbs de Provence. And add some black olives for garnish.
- Bake the tart until the puff pastry is golden brown and the tomatoes are soft and tender (15 to 20 minutes). And voilà! Serve warm or at room temperature. Bon appétit!