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tomato tart + goat cheese + honey + thyme

Posted on: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We make a ton of recipes with multiple peoples specific tastes/needs in mind. Nowadays, I have taken to making things totally on a whim, during brief windows of opportunity before I head off to the shop. Small creations that are almost always made up of things we have on hand, and intended as a quick lunch or snack for my love (shut up, it's true). I always try to tailor these recipes to fit her specific tastes. They are just for her. Because, who doesn't enjoy feeling special every once in a while? Who wouldn't like to have someone that knows them so well?

And the there are other times...... there are those times when you say "What about me?! I want to make something just for me!" The thing people probably do not often consider when they come here is that almost all of these recipes are our daily meals. And as such, most everything here is suited to everyone in the family. Yes, aside from the cocktails, smart-ass. We cook for everyone but ourselves. So, it is a rare and special occasion that we do something just for ourselves. It is during these times when we really hone in on what it is that we really truly love about food. Like when I apply mustard to a cold slice slice of meatloaf, and consume it with the refrigerator door standing wide open. Obviously, alone in the dark, in my underwear. I think L's approach is slightly more sophisticated. Take this tart for example. Here she has combined her be all end all pie crust with her  most favorite food in the world; a big, juicy, perfectly ripe heirloom tomato! For L, it doesn't get much better than this. Deceptively simple & perfectly balanced. Last meal, kind of stuff, ya know. Even though she made it just for herself, she always shares. While I wouldn't necessarily say that a tomato tart would be my first choice on my desert island, I also can't say I would be to sad about being stranded on hers.

tomato tart + goat cheese + honey + thyme

for the crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup butter, chilled
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

for the tart:
  • 2 pounds fresh, heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced and sprinkled with kosher salt
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt tt
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • honey tt

Combine flour, salt, and sugar. Whisk to combine.  Grate cold butter over flour mixture.  Toss to distribute butter.  Add cold water, a little bit at a time, until mixture comes together.  Turn out onto counter and knead dough a few times.  Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Divide dough in half.  Roll out to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness on floured board.  Cut out two 6 inch circles of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Remove from freezer and bake at 425 for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 and remove crusts from oven.

Drain excess liquid from tomatoes, pat dry with a kitchen towel.

Place tomatoes, and goat cheese on crust. Drizzle with olive oil.  Place in oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown,  Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Salt tt.  Drizzle honey over warm tarts.  Enjoy immediately or at room temperature.

**Don't forget to check out our new post at Modern Kiddo!  You'll find a recipe for a boozy blackberry + lime sno cone.


  1. Ashley | Spoonful of FlavorJuly 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    These tarts sound delicious and perfect for a light dinner or appetizer. I love the combination of honey, goat cheese and thyme.


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