Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
The Runner-Up recipe for 2003 in the San Francisco Chronicle, from Tara Duggan.
- 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed according to package directions (17.3-ounce package)
- 2 1⁄2 lbs firm-ripe summer tomatoes
- 1 cup fromage blanc
- 1 cup very thinly sliced red onion
- 1⁄2 cup pitted oil-cured kalamata olives or 1⁄2 cup other flavorful black olives
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- fresh ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out each puff pastry sheet to a 12 x 14-inch rectangle. Place on the baking sheets and fold over the edges of each pastry to form a 1/2-inch border. Prick the bottom of each pastry with a fork and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes in half widthwise and gently squeeze out the seeds and juice. Slice the tomatoes into 1/8-inch-thick rounds.
- Using a rubber spatula, spread half of the fromage blanc over one of the cooled crusts. Cover the fromage blanc with half of the tomatoes, slices overlapping, then season with salt. Top the tomatoes with half of the onion slices, dot with half of the olives and sprinkle with half of the thyme and some pepper.
- Bake the tart for 18 minutes, or until the tomatoes are very soft but before the onion gets too brown.
- While the first tart is baking, assemble the other tart with the remaining ingredients. Bake the second tart when the first one comes out of the oven. (It's better not to bake the tarts at the same time.).
- Right before serving, drizzle the tarts with the olive oil and sprinkle with basil.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm!!! This is so good it deserves more than 5 stars!! It is the end of the summer and this was a perfect way to use the marvelous tomatoes that are available this time of year. I used Texas Sweets onion and fresh thyme and basil. I could not find Fromage Blanc here in my region of Indiana so on each tart I used 2-ounces of cream cheese and 6-ounces of sliced Queso Fresco (a Mexican cheese just a bit firmer than fresh Mozzarella). I served the tart at room temperature and it was wonderful!! Thanks evelyn!! :) acerast
Wonderful! The essence of summer encased in puff pastry! I used good old Philadelphia cream cheese (the low fat variety even), wonderful farm tomatoes, Walla Walla onions a friend brought back from Washington state, and herbs from the garden (no dried thyme for us). The only thing I did wrong was to make only one tart and then we ate it all and there was no more...tomorrow is another day. Thanks, Evelyn dear.