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heirloom tart with colorful tomatoes on a sheet pan

Heirloom Tomato Tart


  • Author: Debi ~QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Heirloom Tomato Tart is delicious, and also a beautiful work of art! It's perfect to serve as an appetizer at parties, or at summer gatherings as a vegetarian entree. 


Ingredients

Scale

CRUST

  • 3 cups buttery cracker crumbs, finely ground
  • 2 cups pretzel crumbs, finely ground
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 sticks butter, melted

FILLING

  • 16 oz. cream cheese 
  • 8 oz. goat cheese
  • 32 oz. ricotta cheese (can use skim)
  • 2 Tbsp. basil pesto
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • 1 large egg, beaten

TOPPING

  • 4 to 6 heirloom tomatoes (different sizes), sliced
  • 1 cup baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • fresh mint leaves and oregano for decorating
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup Greek dressing (optional)

Instructions

CRUST

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grind crackers and pretzels in a blender and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add parmesan cheese, dried basil and melted butter.
  4. Mix well and spread into a 12" X 17" sheet pan.  
  5. Press crumbs into sides and bottom of pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  
  7. Take crust out of oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes.

FILLING

  1. Beat cream cheese until fluffy with a mixer.  
  2. Add goat cheese and blend well.
  3. Stir in ricotta, pesto, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic salt, and green onions.
  4. Add beaten egg and blend entire contents with mixer for 1 minute on medium speed.
  5. Spread filling into cooled crust.
  6. Bake tart at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until set.
  7. Cool tart for 10 minutes.

TOPPING

  1. Slice tomatoes and place on cutting board.
  2. Working from the middle out, arrange tomatoes in a pattern similar to photos.
  3. Decorate tart with mint and oregano leaves. 
  4. Sprinkle entire tart with dried parsley.
  5. Cut tart into squares for an entree, or rectangles for appetizers.  
  6. Drizzle with Greek Dressing (if desired) before serving.

Notes

Cut tart into 12 squares for an entree, or 24 small rectangles for appetizers. 

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Sheet Pan
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: tart, tomato tart, heirloom tomato tart, tomato pie, ricotta, parmesan, goat cheese