Today's tart is a different take from the traditional puff pastry tart. We're making ours with flaky phyllo pastry and herb roasted garlic butter brushed between each sheet. Garden fresh tomatoes are then sliced thin on top with more roasted garlic, onions, and fresh basil.
The end result is a golden, crispy pastry that serves as a light stand alone dish, a bright appetizer for wine and cheese boards, or a side served with something heartier like a perfectly grilled steak.
- Phyllo Dough- Phyllo is a very thin pastry dough that's popular in Mediterranean cuisines, but it layers beautiful creates a lovely flakey shell when baked. It's versatile enough for sweet and savory dishes. We love it here because it's super light and showcases the garden vegetables superbly.
- Tomatoes- Juicy, tangy but also sweet, we actually used a variety of tomatoes here which offered a subtly different flavor profiles. You can use whatever you have on hand be it plum, cherry, heirloom, better boy, even black krim.
- Onions- I always prefer Vidalia when it comes to a vegetable tart. Their sweetness plays off the acidity of the tomatoes well.
- Basil- I topped the tart with basil before baking and after. The fresh basil leaves are for presentation and brighten up the dish when serving for guests. Basil darkens quickly when baked so it's nice to add some additional leaves for fresh greenery.
- Puff Pastry- You absolutely can use puff pastry here. Even a simple all butter pie crust, thought the end result will be more of a galette than a pastry.
- Vegetables- If you have a surplus of squash in the garden or just can't enjoy acidic foods, there are plenty of other vegetables you can use in place of tomatoes. Think zucchini, butternut squash, carrots (sliced very thinly), potatoes, or asparagus.
- Cheese- I scattered chunks of mozzarella here and you want to be careful with a delicate pastry like this because some cheeses can be a bit too watery and will saturate your dough. Parmesan and Romano are nice when grated, Gouda would be a nice variation as well. Any mild, hard cheese works with today's recipe.
- Onions- We touched lightly on this earlier, but if you don't have Vidalia onions on hand, white onions and red onions can also be used in its place. Shallots and chives would be a nice addition as well.
Other Tomato Recipes to Love
- Tomato & Onion Tart- Topped over a buttery tart shell, we baked tomatoes, caramelized onions, and sprinkled sweet raisins for an comforting, unexpected treat.
- Tortellini with Blistered Tomatoes- Cheesy tortellini is tossed with blistered tomatoes and lots of cheese for a light summer meal.
- Vidalia Onions & Grape Tomatoes with Spaghetti- A deceptively easy dish that is boasting with flavor. This is a pasta go-to for busy weeknights or cozy weekends in.
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