Summer Tomato Tart
This terrific Tomato Tart combines beautiful ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and Fontina cheese and is delicious to serve any time of day!
Add this easy Tomato Pie to your menu when you have access to the peak of the season summer produce. Perfect for a light dinner, appetizer, or side dish! Heck, I’d eat this for breakfast!
Why You Must Make
- It is a delicious way to showcase ripe summer tomatoes.
- It can be eaten hot, cold, or at room temperature.
- Serve a wedge of an heirloom tomato tart for lunch or dinner, as an entree or side.
I just can’t help myself, but when July rolls around and garden and heirloom tomatoes are plentiful, I’m compelled to whip up a tart. Yes, in the heat of the summer, I’ll turn on the oven so I can eat a freshly baked summer tomato tart. Just look at it. Can you blame me?
I also love making a Cheese and Tomato Galette, another easy tomato tart. Plus check out all my favorite Fresh Tomato Recipes.
If you’re like me, when you hear the word “pie” you think of flaky pastry filled with juicy, ripe fruit. But tomatoes are a fruit, and even though this summer tomato pie is savory, it’s a must make if you have access to terrific garden or vine-ripened tomatoes.
- Use your favorite pie crust recipe or buy some premade dough from the market. Rolling out a pie crust in August isn’t my favorite chore!
- Once it’s fit into your tart pan, layer it with cheese, basil, and gorgeous, ripe tomato slices. A sprinkling of salt and pepper plus a drizzle of olive oil finish it off before a stint in the oven.
- I like using a combination of red, yellow, and orange tomatoes for a pretty presentation, but all of one color is just fine. Just make sure they’re peak of the season, flavorful tomatoes for the best results.
- PRO-Tip: Putting the cheese into the tart crust before the tomatoes protects the bottom crust from getting soggy.
- If you can’t find or don’t want to use Fontina cheese, use cheddar, mozzarella, or whatever you like to pair with tomatoes.
- You’ll want a slice immediately, but give it a couple of minutes to cool before you dive in so the cheese has some time to solidify.
- When produce is at its prime, a simple recipe truly showcases these sweet flavorful tomatoes best.
Frequently Asked Questions
A tomato tart can be served as a main course or side dish. It is tasty served warm, cold, or at room temperature.
Serve with a wedge with a green salad or a piece of grilled chicken for a simple meal.
Keep it in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or foil for 3-4 days.
Add fried and chopped bacon, diced ham, or other herbs like thyme or rosemary. You may also use a different cheese like Mozzarella, Gouda, or Cheddar. If you love mustard, spread a thin layer of Dijon on the crust before adding the cheese.
Adding a layer of cheese before the other tart ingredients provides a great barrier. Some recipes call for bread crumbs to be sprinkled over the crust before baking to help soak up any excess moisture.
Also, you can let your sliced tomatoes drain on a couple of layers of paper towels before adding them to the tart. Flip them at least once and replace the paper towels if needed.
You May Also Like:
- Fresh Tomato Tart
- Corn , Basil and Tomato Salad
- Tabouli Salad
- Sun-dried Tomato and Spinach Quiche
- More of the Best Side Dish Recipes
Summer Tomato Tart
A pastry shell filled with gooey cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil!
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (4 ounces) cold butter, diced
- 2 or more tablespoons ice water
- 8 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus extra for garnish
- 4 medium garden tomatoes, sliced thin and drained on paper toweling
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Basil, chopped for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400º.
- To make the crust, pulse flour and salt together in food processor to mix. Add cold butter a pulse a few times till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pulse while sprinkling in cold water adding just enough so that dough holds together when pinched between two fingers. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1 hour.
- Roll out dough to a 12-inch circle. Fit into a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom and trim any excess dough. Chill dough for about 30 minutes while prepping the filling.
- Sprinkle cheese over bottom of the crust, then top with basil. Cover with tomato slices, fitting to fill as much surface area as possible. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake 20 to 30 minutes on a cookie sheet. When the crust is golden and cheese is bubbly, remove. Garnish with fresh basil. Slice and serve warm.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 465mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g
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51 Comments on “Summer Tomato Tart”
I love how easy and quickly you can make this! such a delicious summer tart!
I had everything I needed to make this! I loved how easy it was to make!
I love tomato pie! It is a summer favorite for us. And I totally agree, I can eat this any time of day and be very happy!
what a delicious summer tart and great way to use up garden tomatoes!
Simply stunning, just love, love, love this tart. I still have tomatoes ripening on the vine and I will have to make this!!
Great minds (and cooks) think alike! I made a Summer Tomato Tart, too! But I used Ricotta cheese! Fontina is a fabulous cheese for this purpose, too! This si a great thing to do with tomatoes, and I will try your recipe!
Well worth turning the oven on for!
We’re getting lots of fresh tomatoes from the garden right now and this tart is calling me! What a very simple and simply delicious delight!! And so pretty!
Lovely idea for the beautiful tomatoes!