Tomato Tuesday: Goat Cheese & Tomato Tart Recipe

Even though I’ve been collecting a variety of tomato recipes I can never get enough BLTs.  Feel the same way?  Have a summer brunch potluck or cocktail party planned?  To answer your question, no, even though it could possibly be the best sandwich ever invented (immediately followed, of course, by the BGT) it’s not considered appropriate to bring a dozen BLTs to a ladies’ summer patio brunch.  What’s a bacon and tomato loving girl to do?  Please allow me to introduce you to Mr. Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart complete with a bacon pastry.  Yes, you heard me correctly, bacon pastry.   This savory, smokey, bacon and tomato treat comes from The Junior League of Boca Raton’s Savor the Moment, Entertaining Without Reservations cookbook.

The recipe calls for a round tart pan which could really produce a gorgeous presentation of layered tomatoes.  I only had three of the required four tomatoes, and they were large tomatoes at that, so I went with a slightly smaller tart pan so you could really see each slice distinctly.  Plum tomatoes layered like fish scales would look fantastic in this rectangular tart pan.

Bacon Pastry

6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 Tablespoons shortening

1 1/4 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 ounces bacon, crisp-fried, crumbled

3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Tart

4 large ripe tomatoes

salt to taste

4 ounces Montrachet cheese, crumbled

4 ounces whole milk mozzarella, shredded

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

extra-virgin olive oil

Garnish

Fresh basil leaves

Bacon Pastry

Beat the butter and shortening in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Add the flour and mix until crumbly.  Add the salt and bacon gradually, mixing well.  Add enough ice water gradually, to form a ball, mixing well after each addition.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Fit into a 9-inch tart pan. Bake at 375℉ degrees for 10 minutes.

Tart

Slice the tomatoes 1/4 inch think.  Place on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.  Let stand for several minutes; pat dry.  Arrange half the slices in the tart shell.

Combine the Montrachet cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs and onion in a bowl and mix well.  Spread over the tomatoes.  Arrange the remaining tomato slices in an overlapping layer over the cheese mixture.  Brush with olive oil.

Bake at 350℉ degrees for 40 minutes.  Brush lightly with olive oil.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Garnish with basil leaves and slice to serve.

Serves twelve.

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3 responses to “Tomato Tuesday: Goat Cheese & Tomato Tart Recipe

  1. sounds really good , will give it a try

  2. Looks so pretty Diane! Topped with plum toms layered like fish scales… yeah, you’re right, that wd look amazing. I have NEVER before heard of anyone crumbling dry-fried crispy bacon into pastry. Why not I wonder?! Genius idea. Bacon and goats cheese combo is one I haven’t seen either, but since I love both (and pastry and toms), I’m gonna have to try this out v soon. Thanks for the intro.

  3. Looks delicious…love the idea of the bacon pastry.

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