Better than pizza? Probably not… but this savory goat cheese tart with cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil will please everyone. Just add a green salad and a great cab for a cozy bistro night at home.
Last week my husband asked for a pizza dinner twice in the same week. We had pizza on Tuesday… and then he wanted it again on Friday. You see, pizza is his most favorite comfort food. No question about it… my husband LOVES pizza…and I truly believe he could eat pizza every day, even for breakfast, and never tire of it. But, me?… not so much. I just don’t love pizza. I don’t know why, I just don’t. But, for my husband it is the best.
Well, I just had to think of something that he would love as much as pizza, but not be pizza for me. So, I put my thinking cap on and remembered my recipe for a goat cheese tart.
I’ve been making this dish for the last 12 or 15 years. It’s one of those recipes that seems to be a good fit for a lot of occasions. I’ve made it for brunch, dinner, picnics, and special gatherings and it always seems to make a big hit. I think one of the things that makes this recipe a favorite for me is it is versatile. Not only does it fit for many occasions, but you can vary the recipe by using different types of pans, crusts, and varieties of tomatoes.
This time I used an oblong tart pan. But, you can use any tart pan shape, or a pie pan, or even go rustic with no pan.
And…as promised… I am sharing a new chart this week that also complements this recipe. So, this week’s chart compares pie crust ingredients, preparation methods, baked texture, and color.
Oh…shoot! I forgot to mention if my husband liked the goat cheese tart. His exact words? “This is better than pizza!” Hmmm… I don’t think I should completely believe that. You see, we are newlyweds.
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Goat Cheese Tart with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Sheet Puff Pastry
- 6 oz. Crumbled Goat Cheese
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
- 3 Tablespoons Bacon Bits, From a Jar or Package
- 1 Tablespoon Wondra Flour
- ¼ Cup Fresh Basil, Cut Chiffonade (about 18 large leaves)
- 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic, About 3 Large Cloves
- 8 Ounces Heirloom Tomatoes, Sliced ¼” Thick
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- Prepare Pastry Shell. Heat the oven to 400°F/204°C. Ease puff pastry dough into a rectangular tart pan or 9 ½" round tart pan with a removable bottom. Firmly press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan and pierce the bottom with a fork (dock).1 Sheet Puff Pastry
- Par-Bake. Place the tart pan on a cookie sheet or baking tray and bake it for 10 minutes or until very light golden brown. Remove it from the oven.
- Slice, Mince, and Cut. While the tart shell bakes, use a sharp knife and slice the tomatoes ¼" thick, mince the garlic, and chiffonade cut the basil.
- Sprinkle. Evenly sprinkle the goat cheese, black pepper, bacon bits, Wondra flour, and half of the cut basil into the tart shell.6 oz. Crumbled Goat Cheese, ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper, 3 Tablespoons Bacon Bits, 1 Tablespoon Wondra Flour, ¼ Cup Fresh Basil
- Sauté. Use a large skillet and heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 15 to 20 seconds or until fragrant. Do not allow the garlic to brown.Add the sliced heirloom tomatoes and sauté the slices in the garlic and olive oil for about 10 seconds per side. Using a spatula or fork place tomato slices in an even layer, decoratively, on top of the creamy goat cheese filling. Sprinkle the tomatoes with ¼ teaspoon salt and drizzle any olive oil and garlic remaining in the pan over the tomatoes.3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic, 8 Ounces Heirloom Tomatoes, ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- Bake. Bake the tart for another 14 to 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove the tart from the oven. Let the tart cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Release the tart from the pan. Plate and garnish the tart with the remaining chiffonade basil.
Encharted Cook Notes
Per 1 serving. All nutritional information on this site is an estimate. Your results may vary.