Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tomato Tart

Fairly easy, super tasty and not too bad for the body either. My son, Tom, would go nowhere near this dish with those tomatoes so front and centre and Hope would proabably rather some sort of junk food but hey, I'm the head cook here.

Tomato Tart
2 sheets of puff pastry
1 cup ricotta
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 tbsp parmesan cheese
a handful of fresh herbs, chopped (I used thyme and basil)
enough sliced tomatoes to cover the pastry
olive oil for drizzling
Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
Lay the pastry sheets on top of each other on a lined baking tray and then cut into quarters.
Score the pastry about 1.5 cm in from the edge (this makes the edge).
Bake for about 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.
Mix the ricotta, Parmesan, garlic and herbs together in a bowl.
Remove the pastry from the oven and spoon the cheese mixture into the centre of the pastry and spread evenly to cover the base.
Place the tomato slices on top of the cheese mix.
Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Once out of the oven, drizzle with a little olive oil if desired and sprinkle on some fresh basil and thyme.
I served it with a salad of cucumber, pearl couscous, pasrley and a little lemon juice. But a green salad would be just as nice.
I also didn't have ricotta in the refrigerator and living 50km from the nearest supermarket does involve either substituting some times or quite often DIY. I made a small batch of ricotta, just 1 cup which is what was needed here. It is simple enough to do.
To make 1 cup of ricotta type cheese, heat 1 litre of full cream milk to 90 deg C while stirring, stir in 15mL of white vinegar and the milk should separate. Drain through some cheesecloth. In a bowl, add a pinch of salt to the curds and there you go, ricotta.

No pastry? Then I think it would work pretty well on some toasted crusty bread too.

Now if I could just sort my insomnia out so easily, I'd be happy.


shez said...

thankyou Tracy for this lovely recipe,cant wait to try it and hope you get some sleep soon.xx

Kimmie said...

Brenton (like Tom) is not a huge fresh tomato fan although methinks he would enjoy this. Heartpoet and I would definitely enjoy this! On the menu plan for next week along with your salad :-)

Thanks for posting your recipe Tracy.
Looks delicious!

Kayly said...

I'll have Tom's slice if he doesn't want it!!!!!!!
The plate looks delicous.

Lisa said...

I'm sorry you're not sleeping well.

What a delicious-looking and simple idea!

judy said...

looks like a great meal will have to give it a go.thanks for the recipe for ricotta.i always find recipes that has that in it and i never think to buy some.i found some tomatoes on my bush the other day that i thought had nothing on it..gosh they were so much better than the ones you buy.
thanks for sharing

judy said...

thanks for sharing your recipe it looks yummy.didnt realise you could make ricotta sounds good will have to give it a try

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Yum Yum...looks like a mini pizza :)