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April 4, 2011


Hope For The Future…

…in our garden! Our tomatoes are planted and with a little luck this year’s crop will be a huge improvement over last year’s. Normally our summers and warm, sunny and dry and our plants provide us with gorgeous fruit for months. Last year however, was a different story. The days were cloudy, cool and damp. Our tomatoes never really had a chance and I finally just yanked them out of their pots,

In the mean time I’m sharing a recipe that’s perfect with the roma tomatoes that you can find a the market most of the year. I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth repeating. I love using a “free form” crust and you can change the cheese if gorgonzola doesn’t suit your fancy.


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
About 1/4 cup ice water

In a bowl toss flour with salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Using a fork, stir in the ice water by tablespoons until the dough holds together when pressed. Sprinkle in more water if needed. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap well and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before rolling out.

Tart Filling

2-1/2 pounds yellow onions, coarsely chopped
6 sprigs freshly thyme leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
3 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
1 pound plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/3″ thick
1 egg

In a large saute pan onions in 3 tablespoons olive oil over very low heat until the onions are light brown. Season with salt and pepper and add 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary. Let cool.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured board to a 14″ circle. Spread the onions over the dough, leaving a 2″ border. Crumble the cheese over top and overlap the tomatoes in a ring. Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with fresh thyme and rosemary. Fold up the dough and pleat the border. Brush the dough with beaten egg.

Bake until the crust is golden, about 35 minutes. Can be served hot or at room temperature. Serves 4-6 as a main course or 8-10 as an appetizer.


3 thoughts on “Hope For The Future…

  1. This looks incredibly delicious. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of making a savory free-form tart before! I love making apple tarts like this, but between the tomatoes and the Gorgonzola, this recipe looks fantastic. This is something I’ll definitely be making in the near future.

  2. I want that right now! I should have never come here. You’re making me really hungry! Just kidding, of course. I need a little inspiration.

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