Here’s the thing about tomatoes. They might be my favourite veggie (I know I know, they’re a fruit, but you know what I mean.). They’re sweet, they’re savoury, they’re juicy.
Here’s the other thing about tomatoes. If you put them in the fridge, they suck. They get grainy, they get flavourless, they loose everything special about them.
Here’s the thing about my local green grocer: they put their tomatoes in the fridge at night.
So when I got all excited about fresh tomatoes the other day and they were all warm from sitting in the sun I grabbed myself a big bag full. And then I got home to find grainy sad tomatoes, far from their peak.
Here’s the thing about sad grainy tomatoes: they’re still pretty good when you cook them. Usually this means tomato sauce, but the other day it meant this fabulous tart tatin that was on Design*Sponge a couple weeks ago. This is a damn good tart, it’s very savoury (a lot of veggie tatins tend to be a bit sweet for my taste) the pastry is flaky and light, but just buttery enough to have enough flavour to hold it’s own with the tomatoes, and the onions and cheese help bring a depth to it that rounds the whole thing out.
I didn’t use the crust from the original recipe, because I tatins should always be made with puff in my books, and after last Tuesday’s Tutorial on quick puff we’re all pros right? Right.
Tomato Tart Tatin
(Adapted from Design*Sponge)
1 cup Cold Butter, unsalted, cut into cubes
2 cups AP Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2-3/4 cup Ice Water
For a full tutorial on making this dough with lots of pictures, click here!
On a clean surface toss the butter cubes with the flour and salt.
With a rolling pin roll out the butter so that all of it forms into long thin strips.
Add the water, a couple tablespoons at a time and fold the dough, push it out, add more water, and fold the dough again.
Continue this until it has come together as a cohesive dough.
Wrap with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least an hour, or up to two days.
1 recipe of quick puff pastry dough (aboce)
10 Roma Tomatoes
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
Preheat oven to 400F
In a medium pot over medium heat warm up 1 tbsp of the olive oil.
Add in the onion and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, until they are soft and just starting to brown on the edges.
Grease a pie pan with the remaining olive oil. Cut a circular piece of parchment and line the bottom of the pan.
Slice the tomatoes in half and put them skin side down in the pan. They will shrink up as they cook so overlap them a bit so that when they are cooked they will still cover the bottom of the pan.
Top them with salt and pepper, the onions, parm and thyme.
On a lightly floured surface roll our the dough into a circle just larger than pie pan.
Cut the edges to clean them up and put it into the pan.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the pastry has turned a nice brown and the juices bubbling up the sides are browned as well.
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before flipping it onto a plate.
Serve while warm or at room temperature.