Three Cheese & Herb Tomato Tart

three cheese herb tomato tart

Let’s pretend we are neighbors for a second. Wouldn’t that be awesome? We’d have coffee together in the mornings with an occasional cinnamon roll or maybe a slice of coffee cake. I’d call you up last minute to see if you wanna hop in the car for a late night Target run and you’d totally be down. In fact, you suggest we hit up IKEA on the way there. Good call! Sometimes I’d borrow a few eggs or a cup of sugar and I’d always repay you with delicious treats.

three cheese herb tomato tart

One day you’d drop off a box of tomatoes from your garden and within hours I’d show up at your door with this Three Cheese & Herb Tomato Tart. You’d invite me in, offer me a slice (even though I already ate two before I arrived at your door) and we’d sit on your back porch eating together. We’d talk about what was going on in the neighborhood (why does that dog ALWAYS bark?!). I’d pull up some hilarious videos on You Tube from my phone and then you’d show me a sewing project you’re working on. Eventually we’d have some fancy boozy beverage and no doubt we’d drink too much. I love how we never have to worry about driving home!

three cheese herb tomato tart

When I ask you what you liked about this tart, you’d say “Duh! There’s puff pastry involved!” Then you’d marvel at how perfect your homegrown tomatoes taste paired with a blend of three different cheeses, garlic and herbs. I’m so glad we’re neighbors, aren’t you? Now can I please borrow your hedge trimmers? My front yard is getting unruly.

And we’re off!

Tomato slicing time!

three cheese herb tomato tart

Lay the tomatoes out on paper towels to drain them. Takes about 30 mins. This helps prevent a soggy tart.

three cheese herb tomato tart

Let your puff pastry thaw, and get out some cheese! I used aged white cheddar, Pecorino & Parmesan here.

three cheese herb tomato tart

Grate that cheese!

three cheese herb tomato tart

Pull out your herbs. Take the thyme & oregano off the stems. CHOP.

three cheese herb tomato tart

Melt butter, mince garlic…

three cheese herb tomato tart

Add the herbs & garlic into the butter. Garlic herb butter!

three cheese herb tomato tart

Pull out your puff pastry. Spread the garlic herb butter on top.

three cheese herb tomato tart

Top with cheeses.

three cheese herb tomato tart

Top with salt & pepper. Now it’s tomato time!

three cheese herb tomato tart

Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Off to the oven it goes!

three cheese herb tomato tart

Well hello there.

three cheese herb tomato tart

So nice of you to join us!

Three Cheese & Herb Tomato Tart

Makes about 6 servings

(recipe adapted from thekitchn.com)

  • 2-3 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded aged white cheddar
  • 1/4 cup shredded Pecorino
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400°.

Slice tomatoes into 1/8 inch slices and place on a few paper towels to drain. Cover tomatoes with another paper towel and let sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the sheet of puff pastry from the freezer and let sit on the counter to thaw at room temperature.

Unfold the puff pastry onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, pinching to close any holes in the seams. Using a fork, prick the dough all over to prevent it from puffing up during baking.

In a small bowl, mix melted butter with garlic, parsley, thyme and oregano. Evenly spread herb butter over the puff pastry and sprinkle the shredded cheeses on top, reserving a bit of Parmesan for the end. Arrange the tomato slices over the cheese. Season generously with kosher salt and pepper. Top with reserved Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove the pastry from the baking sheet and let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into 6 squares and serve immediately.

Shutterbean Notes

-this tart is pretty versatile. Basil would be a great addition or substitute if you don’t have parsley, thyme or oregano.

-the original recipe from thekitchn.com had mayo on it. You know how I feel about mayo…but if you like mayo, maybe you should try it?

-red pepper flakes would be most welcome too!

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  • September 16, 2011

    Hey, hey; I’ve been wanting to make this ever since I saw it on the kitchn. Dude. My mom picked me up today from the airporter with a little box of tomatoes from the farmers market, so I’m going to make that happen. xo.

  • September 16, 2011

    Please be my neighbhor :D

  • September 16, 2011

    Yayyy, lets be neighbours! You would love my “tortilla de patatas”!

  • erinlucy
    September 16, 2011

    this looks delicious, and omg i would LOVE to be your neighbour!

  • September 16, 2011

    OH wow please be my neighbor also – oh yum this tart looks delish!

  • September 16, 2011

    Aww yeah. This sounds super yummy!

  • September 16, 2011

    I totally want to be your neighbor. You’re friends with Oprah!

    Wish I had some nice tomatoes. So.Hard. to get nice tomatoes in London.

  • September 16, 2011

    This looks awesome. I made something similar last week (http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/scb-sides-00400000028195/page6.html), but Puff Pastry would have been WAY easier….

  • September 16, 2011

    Yummy Pizza.Love it.

    • September 16, 2011

      pretty much, basically, YEAH!

  • September 16, 2011

    Man, I was just dreaming about a “super neighborhood” full of my favorite food bloggers. Including you, of course :) We would eat and drink so well, sigh. This tart looks insane!

    • September 16, 2011

      I always dream of having a food blogging commune. Think about it!

  • September 16, 2011

    Omgezzie, I heart you.

  • September 16, 2011

    Hi Tracy,
    This looks, so yum. To suite our caloric need, I will skip the cheese but then it will be only butter flour+ tomato taste. any other ideas in terms of cheese replacement?

    • September 16, 2011

      How about olives? The cheese helps add a saltiness that brings out the tomatoes!

  • Amanda Barkey
    September 16, 2011

    sigh. if only.

  • September 16, 2011

    LOVE the story. Too sweet.

  • Jessica Craig
    September 16, 2011

    won’t you be my neighbor? hint.

    • September 16, 2011

      ONE DAY IT WILL HAPPEN!!! Or at least we’ll live in the same state!

  • September 16, 2011

    that sounds awesome. i’ve never had neighbors like that, but maybe that’s because i never see them so i don’t really even know if they’re cool or not? hmmm…. maybe i should drop off a pie or something….

  • September 16, 2011

    LOVE this recipe better than TheKitchn’s mainly because of the mayo (I am a mayo hater too!) hahaha

  • Jessica W
    September 17, 2011

    I live in a sterile apt building where no one talks to one another. I’ve love to have neighbors like you and your neighbor! Sounds wonderful!

  • September 17, 2011

    Sigh. I wish I was your neighbor. I just moved to a new state and have yet to make any friends. Can I come over and have Moscow mules?

  • September 17, 2011

    I totally want to be your neighbor…not just for delicious treats like this, but because you mentioned late night Target runs. When I lived with my sister we used to do that, but now I live all by my lonesome and don’t know my neighbors!

  • September 17, 2011

    I just made this with basil, oregano, and pecorino. omg, seriously, the most delicious thing I’ve eaten with my homegrown tomatoes all summer. Delicious.

  • September 18, 2011

    Yum! mozzarella would be nice – kind of a pastry pizza!

  • Rachael
    September 18, 2011

    I so want to be your neighbour! and I’d totally lend you my hedge trimmers in exchange for this tart!

    I’m totally making this, it look delicious! :)

  • September 18, 2011

    YUM! This looks incredible! It’s making me long for a proper sized oven even more.

  • September 20, 2011

    I discovered your site while surfing the web for a stuffed pepper recipe. Since then I’ve made your stuffed poblano peppers, bacon and egg pizza and this tart. I love your site and your recipes and the pretty pictures of course!!! Caramelized onion jam here i come!!!

    • September 20, 2011

      Wow, thanks Sarah! I’m glad you’re here.

  • September 20, 2011

    Sounds like everybody wants to be your neighbor. Your Target AND Ikea notion cracked me up because I’m usually the only person who wants to hit up both in a single trip. Everyone else begs Ikea exhaustion. :-) But they are right next to each other! It doesn’t make sense to go to one without the other.

    Oh, and this tart looks amazing. I think I know what I’m doing with this week’s tomatoes.

    • September 20, 2011

      Oh please! I’d probably add Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods in there too!! When I’m on a mission, I’M ON A MISSION!! :D

  • September 22, 2011

    DROOL. I’m totally carb creeping right now, can you tell? Anyway, yes to coffee, cinnamon rolls, Target and IKEA (fav places!), booze, and I even have a couple sewing projects in my future! Oh, except no garden or hedge trimmers. Ah, well…

  • Christine
    September 25, 2011

    I made this for a little potluck get-together, and it was a hit! Then I made it again for brunch the next day…with egg on it, and it was deeelicious :)

  • September 3, 2012

    I made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely amazing!

    • Tracy
      September 4, 2012

      Hooray!! So glad you liked it.

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