Tomato Ricotta Tart

by jerseygirl on August 23, 2012 · 22 comments

I am trying to enjoy every last drop of summer so the other day my son and I went crabbing at a county park about an hour from my house. We caught some crabs but only one was big enough to be a keeper so we didn’t take any home to cook. What I did get was a twenty pound box of tomatoes. One of the best parts about the ride home from the shore is stopping at a produce farm stand.  Now is the time for tomatoes, corn and peaches. When I saw a twenty pound plus box of plum tomatoes for only ten dollars, I was all over it.

I will be making sauce or gravy (whichever term you prefer) to can and freeze but  first I had to make something with the leftover  ricotta I had in my fridge.  Since you know I am all about appetizers, this tart probably doesn’t surprise you. Actually, this makes a great lunch and is a nice light dinner paired with a salad too. It is so easy to put together that I will be making it again and again. If you keep some puff pastry in your freezer, you can vary the cheeses and always have a quick appetizer to make for unexpected company.

Now I really don’t have a recipe for this so let me show you the steps of how it is made. Cheeses, spices and herbs can be varied to whatever you have on hand. So go to town and create one yourself!

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry and place on a baking pan covered with parchment paper. Spread on some ricotta cheese. I used 1/2 cup of fresh ricotta.

Thinly slice 3 plum tomatoes. Place on top of the ricotta cheese. Eat any leftover pieces. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Top with shredded Parmesan cheese or any other hard cheese you might have. You only need a little.

Chop up a small handful of basil and sprinkle on the tart. Bake in the over for 15 to 20 minutes or until tart is golden brown and cheeses are melted.

Drizzle with a little balsamic glaze and serve. I could eat the whole thing myself but it does make a good three to four servings for lunch and more as an appetizer.  So delicious!


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Katrina August 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I love everything about this and love even more that I have everything for it right now, which is rare because I don’t have ricotta very often. (I could probably eat the whole thing, too.) 😉


Stacey snacks August 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

This tart has my name all over it I see tomato sauce in your future enjoy the end of summer!!


Rose Ann Estep August 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

The tart is beautiful but I’d like to know where you buy plum tomatoes for $10 a box. I too can tomatoes which I will be doing next weekend and that is a great price. I usually pay $20 a box.


Ramona August 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I have some Puff Pastry that needs to be used. I think this might be what it gets used for.


ciaochowlinda August 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I agree with you about stopping at those roadside stands on the way back from the shore. This time of year the produce is the best. You made good use of some of those tomatoes – this tart looks delicious.


teresa August 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

tomato, basil, and cheese, my all time favorite combo! love this!


patsy August 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

What a deal on those tomatoes! You have me craving a savory tart now… just need an excuse!


claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine August 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

OMG I cant wait to try this the whole family thanks you! Awesome RECIPE~~ thanks for posting!


Kate August 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

I am jealous of your tomato haul!


Amy (Savory Moments) August 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

I love this tart – it’s a perfect summer dish and a great way to use up some tomatoes!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) August 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

This looks FAB! I love cooking with puff pastry…it makes even an easy recipe look so elegant. I must make this for upcoming football-watching parties! I have a veg SIL, and I know she’d LOVE this!!!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I wish I was having this for dinner. I’d have trouble not eating the whole thing myself too.


Kate | Food Babbles August 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

20 lbs for $10?!? You savvy shopper! That is a bargain that I couldn’t resist either. I love what you created here. This tart sounds fresh and flavorful! I hear it calling my name. Going to have to make this soon.


The Food Hunter August 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

What a great price!!!


leslie August 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

20 pounds of tomatoes???? Woza! Love the tart Lisa


Cathy W August 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

My favorite part of Summer is tomatoes! You got a really good deal with 20 pound box…I scored a few free ones at work today, but they are still a little pricey at the stands. The tart I have to make…it looks wonderful! 🙂


Eliana August 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

Can’t think of a better way to celebrate what’s left of summer. Looks awesome Lisa.


Karen Harris August 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Oh, my mouth is watering. I don’t have 20 pounds of tomatoes but I do have about 3 that I need to use. This is a great option for them.


Aggie August 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Oh Lisa I so want this for dinner tonight!! It’s perfect 🙂


Vanessa September 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

Random Google for tomato ricotta tart search brought up your site and I’m thoroughly enjoying your recipes. Will definitely be making this tart.


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