Anna’s Tomato Tart

Anna's Tomato Tart
Prep Time
2h 20 min
6 servings

A savory tart that really showcases those summer tomatoes.



For the crust

2 ½
cups all-purpose flour
Kosher salt
Tbsp (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, ½"-diced
cold extra-large egg yolks
cup ice water
2 ½
lbs dried beans, for baking the crust (optional)

For the filling

2 ½
lbs firm medium (2 ½") tomatoes, cored and sliced ¼" thick
cup fresh parsley leaves, lightly packed
cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
large garlic cloves
Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
cup good olive oil
Tbsp Dijon mustard
lb(s) grated Gruyere cheese (1 lb with rind)
cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese


Step 1

Place the flour and 1 teaspoon of salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the butter and pulse 12 to 15 times, until the butter is the size of peas. Add the egg yolks and pulse a few times to combine. With the motor running, add the ice water through the feed tube and pulse until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a floured board and roll it into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Step 3

Meanwhile, place the tomatoes in a large bowl. Put the parsley, basil, garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until finely minced. With the processor running, pour the olive oil down the feed tube and process until combined. Pour the mixture over the tomatoes and toss gently. Set aside.

Step 4

On a well-floured board, roll the dough out to an 11 x 17-inch rectangle and transfer it to the prepared sheet pan. Don’t worry if it doesn’t fit exactly; you want it to cover most of the bottom of the pan but it can be a little rough on the sides. Place a second sheet pan directly on the pastry and bake for 15 minutes. (You can also line the pastry with foil and fill it with dried beans.) Remove the top sheet pan (or the beans and foil). Using a dinner fork, pierce the pastry in many places. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Check the pastry during baking; pierce any spots that bubble up. Allow the crust to cool for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Lower the oven to 375ºF. Brush the mustard on the crust with a pastry brush. Sprinkle a thick even layer of Gruyere on the pastry, reserving 1/2 cup for the top, and sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Place overlapping tomatoes in rows on top. If there is a little garlic and herb mixture in the bowl, sprinkle it over the tomatoes, but if there is liquid in the bowl, strain it through a very-fine-mesh strainer, discard the liquid, and sprinkle the garlic and herb mixture on the tomatoes. Sprinkle the reserved 1/2 cup of Gruyere and the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan on top. Bake for 30 minutes.

Step 6

Cool slightly, cut into squares, and serve warm or at room temperature.

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