Southeast Dairy Association - rustic tomato and cheese tart

Rustic Tomato and Cheese Tart

Perfect for brunch, this free-form tart is a simple, yet elegant pairing of cheese and summer-ripe tomatoes.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 teaspoon dried Herbs de Provence
  • 3 plum tomatoes, sliced 14 inch thick
  • 3 ounces white Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 ounces Provolone cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ready-made refridgerated pie crust
  • 1 egg slightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. Heat a medium sauté pan with olive oil and butter. Add red onion, season with herbs de Provence and a little salt and pepper. Cook until slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally. While onions are cooking, place sliced tomatoes in a single layer on several folded paper towels, sprinkle with remaining salt. Let stand for approximately 10 minutes. Once onions are cooked, remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Unroll pie crust and place on a nonstick baking sheet. Spread with Dijon mustard leaving about a one inch boarder on the crust. Sprinkle half the cheddar and half the provolone cheese on crust then top with half the cooked onions. Repeat with next layer keeping the one inch border all the way around the pie dough. Arrange tomato slices in overlapping pattern on top of onion and cheese.
  4. Fold edges of dough toward center; tucking and pressing to seal (dough will only partially cover tomatoes). Brush folded edge with beaten egg. Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.


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