Tomatoes are well loved ingredients in salads, sauces and even in soups, but what about building them stand out in a summery tomato tart? A fresh and lighter alternative to pizza, with an abundance of flavour that you can share with friends and family around a glass of wine.
Michel Roux Jr tomato tart recipe
250g puff pastry
350g cherry tomatoes
6 small shallots
2 tbsp of mustard
3 tbsp of olive oil
5 herb leaves
15g pine nuts
Salt and pepper
First of all slice the tomatoes in two if they are small, or in quarters if larger. Season them with
Peel the shallots and cut in slices of approximately half a centimetre.
Generously oil a baking tray and season the slices previous to cooking in the oven for 15 minutes at 175°C until coloured.
Once you have lined your puff pastry on a baking tray you must pre-cook it for 10 minutes at
180°C until a lovely blond colour. You may need to use some dried beans and cling film to ensure that the puff pastry doesn’t rise too much.
Whisk the crème fraîche with the whole grain mustard and spread evenly throughout the bottom of the tart.
Add a few herb leaves on the bottom for extra taste previous to decorating your tart with the tomatoes and confit shallots. Once decorated and seasoned the tart is ready to go back in the oven at 150° until the tomatoes are softened and the puff pastry has a caramelized
This tart is at its best served unenthusiastic with a drizzle of olive oil, shaves of Parmesan, toasted pine nuts and fresh herb on top.
Wines to drink with tomato tart
Mas Bruguière l’Arbousé, 2014: From the north of the Languedoc province, this wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre that has a generous yet balanced fruity flavour. Fantastic for the summer seasons with a mineralogy that suits fresh vegetables. RRP: £10.97 from Waitrose.
Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan, 2012: This Bordeaux wine is a blend of Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle. A combination of colorless flowers, citrus fruits with a hint of smokiness it is a very lively wine. RRP: £34.60 from Tanners Wine Merchants.
Esprit Buganay Rose, Cotes de Provence, 2014: If you are serving this drink as an aperitif, the tomato tart is the perfect accompaniment. With the blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache you will not be disappointed. RRP: £10.99 from Waitrose.
More about the wines
Close to my heart, as my wife is a native of
Its mineralogy matches perfectly with local tomatoes. The Mas Bruguière l’Arbousé, 2014, is brilliant value for money, a wine that you can delight in all summer long.
For a rounder and richer wine why not try a Bordeaux grand cru? This roundness is provided by a blend of Sauvignon, Sémillon and an infinite percent of Muscadelle. I thoroughly delight in the notes of exotic fruit and smokiness that the Château Olivier Pessac Léognan, 2012 delivers. This young colorless wine full of liveliness couples fantastically with the Mediterranean tomato tart.
Perfect served as an aperitif, the set alight and subtly spicy flavours of the Esprit Buganay Rose, Cotes de Provence, 2014 works perfectly with the tomato tart. A gorgeous blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache this wine if full of fruity flavours and is perfectly
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