September 13, 2011

Tarte Dijonnaise

Tarte Dijonnaise

I have a confession to make...

...I don't make my own pastry.

There, I said it.  
Yes, I used to be a pastry chef and yes, I know how easy pâte brisée and even pâte feuilletée can be. However, I can buy a roll of all butter pastry at the store for about €1.
So that's what I do.*

I have another confession to make...

...I struggle with taking decent looking food photos.

That's the reason I've pretty much stopped posting recipes.
Our kitchen has tricky lighting and if I can't get a photo that does the dish justice, then I'm simply not going to share the recipe. No photo = no post.

Today, however, I'm breaking my rule.
I've decided post that dark-ish, blah photo, because this I just couldn't resist sharing the recipe for this amazing Tarte Dijonnaise.

If you've got last-days-of-summer, ripe tomatoes that need to be used up, you must try this tarte! It is rich, cheesy and the Dijon mustard adds a delicious zing to the sweet tomatoes and onions.

Tarte Dijonnaise
translated and adapted from
  • 1 recipe for pâte brisée (homemade or store bought)
  • 8 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 large, yellow onions
  • 1 cup grated Emmental (Gruyère would also be good)
  • 3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon butter 
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil 
  • salt to taste
  1. Peel and thinly slice the onions. 
  2. Put the butter and olive oil in a wide sauté pan and cook the onions slowly over low heat, until soft.
  3. Meanwhile press the pastry into a 10-inch/25-centimeter tart pan and brush the Dijon mustard over the bottom. 
  4. Peel the tomatoes, if desired, and slice them into medium-thick slices.  
  5. Add the tomatoes to the onions and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  6. Cool the tomato and onion mixture a bit and taste for salt.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the tart shell, spread the top evenly and sprinkle with the grated Emmental. 
  8. Bake at 420° F/ 220° C for 30-40 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

As featured in FrenchEntrée's 100 French recipes

Other savory tarts to try:
Pizza Tart
Caramelized Onion, Roquefort and Parmesan Tart 
French Tomato Tart (David Lebovitz)
Lasagne Tart (101 Cookbooks)
Asparagus Tart (Leite's Culinaria)
Feta Tart (Saveur)

*It's silly that I don't make my own pastry, I know. One of these days I will...

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