Heirloom Tomato Tart With Lemon, Fresh Herbs & Ricotta Is Ready in 30 Minutes by Chef Gigi Gaggero
This heirloom tomato tart made with puff pastry, lemon and fresh herbed ricotta cheese is a perfect weeknight meal in less than 30 minutes. Serve with a delicious Sauvignon blanc.
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
- nonstick cooking spray
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped fine
- 1 small bunch fresh basil leaves, torn
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick
- extra virgin olive oil
- balsamic glaze
Here’s how to make it:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F degrees. Line the backside of a large baking sheet with parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Unwrap the puff pastry and unfold onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a fork, poke deep holes into the dough with the exception of a 1/2-inch perimeter around the edges. This will prevent the dough from rising in the center, consequently giving your tart a beautiful border. Bake the pastry for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, lemon juice, zest, thyme, big pinch of the chopped parsley and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well. Spread mixture onto the top of the cooled puff pastry crust.
- Top with sliced tomatoes and garnish with additional parsley, thyme, fresh basil leaves and a very light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. Sprinkle the top of the tart with the desired amount of black pepper and kosher salt.
- Add Parmesan cheese or fresh mozzarella.
- Add any of your favorite herbs or sprinkle with your favorite salad dressings.
- You can also cook the tomato with the puff pastry, and then add the cheese after cooling.
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